I loved Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and had really high expectations for the first book in her extremely-hyped dystopian series and while I wasn't disappointed...I wasn't exactly overly impressed. The premise of the book was really cool, I liked it, it was original and interesting. However, I found that the sheer amount of world-building in this book really weighed it down and slowed its pace to a drastically boring level. The characters were not really memorable, in my opinion, I was kind of indifferent towards them. And the climax of the book was really cool and badass but...I wasn't a huge fan of the ending of the book.
I found Lauren Oliver's take on love to be really interesting in this novel, or rather, in this world. Reading about love, the thing that embodies our world and makes us who we are, being a disease is weird and oddly thought-provoking. I mean, what if it's all true? What if every other disease is only a symptom of amor deliria nervosa? What if we're all infected? The premise of this novel was extremely original, I've never read anything like it before and I enjoyed reading about such a fascinating world.
As much a I loved reading about the world, I felt that there was too much world-building and it took a lot away from the actual story, made it less exciting. At times, I found myself putting down for days because it was boring me. For three-quarter of the book, it was so slow-paced, it seemed more contemporary than dystopian. Nothing significant was happening, it was summer and the main character was having the time of her life with some boy she liked...classic contemporary. I feel like the level of world-building just overpowered the story and that just did not work for me.
I didn't hate any of the characters in this novel but I didn't love them either, I just felt apathy when reading about these characters. Nothing about them stood out to me, not the main characters, not the supporting characters. I didn't really feel like there was anything for me to love, honestly because the characters really weren't all that developed. My favourite character would probably have to be Alex because he was the only character I felt any sort of feeling for. Again, the amount of world-building left little room for anything else, especially character development.
After the book got over its super boring, contemporary-ish moment, it actually had a really cool climax, filled with guns, motorcycles and helicopters. It was awesome and extremely action packed and I could not stop reading, I just wanted to know more, I needed more and then...it ended, abruptly. What? Why? Cliffhanger? No! The ending was...GAH! It was good in the sense that it made me want to read more and I did read more, I'm currently reading Pandemonium but...cliffhangers, I can't!
In conclusion, I loved a lot of aspects of the book and hated a lot of them also. There was a balance of hate and love and I do hope that the things that I hate are lessened in the second book because there is a lot of hype surrounding this trilogy and I don't want to be the odd one out. Because of the reasons that I listed above, I have decided to rate this book three cupcakes.
My Thoughts on Annabel and Hana (Delirium #0.5 and #1.5)
I really loved Annabel. It was fun to meet Lena's mother, this mysterious woman that was mentioned so many times in Delirium. I got to read her thought processes and find out more about who she is as a person. There was a lot of development of the character, well Annabel, in this little short story and I like her. I'm crossing my fingers that she makes it into one of the next books of the trilogy. The story was refreshing, there were a lot of flashbacks to Annabel's past and I loved every minute of it. We get some sneak peeks of life before the cure and borders and it was soooooooooooooo interesting! I lovd this short short story and I rated it five cupcakes! :)
Hana was...wow! At first, I didn't really get the point of writing a short story about Hana. To me, the first few pages were just a retelling of Delirium in a different perspective. I mean, there were exact bits of conversations from Delirium so...pointless. That is, up until the ending. I don't know what the ending meant. I hope it doesn't mean what I think it means because...Hana, she wouldn't, would she? I hope that she didn't but if she did, omg, Lena's going to kill her! The only really intriguing part of Hana was like the last paragraph or so and I rated it two stars.
They cannot take it.
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