Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Review: Raven (Delirium 2.5) by Lauren Oliver

Warning: Spoiler Alert for Delirium & Pandemonium!

This captivating story set in the world of Lauren Oliver’s New York Times bestselling Delirium series focuses on Raven, the fiery leader of a rebel group in the Wilds.

As a teenager, Raven made the split-second decision to flee across the border to the Wilds, compelled to save an abandoned newborn—a baby girl left for dead and already blue from the cold. When she and the baby are taken in by a band of rebels, Raven finds herself an outsider within a tight-knit group. The only other newcomer is an untrustworthy boy known as the Thief until he finally earns himself a new name: Tack.

Now she and Tack are inseparable, committed to each other, the fledgling rebellion, and a future together. But as they both take center stage in the fight, Raven must decide whether the dangers of the revolution are worth risking her dreams of a peaceful life with Tack.

As her story hurtles back and forth between past and present, Raven transforms from a scared girl newly arrived in the Wilds to the tough leader who helps Lena save former Deliria-Free poster boy Julian Fineman from a death sentence. Whatever the original mission may have been, Raven abides by a conviction that she believes to her core: You always return for the people you love.

By turns surprising, revelatory, and poignant, Raven’s story enriches the Delirium world and resonates with a voice that is as vulnerable as it is strong.

Description taken from Goodreads 

My Review 

I love novellas, I really do.  Annabel was awesome, Hana was kind of a disappointment but Raven definitely made up for that! 

There was just so much insight into this complex character!

It switches off to her remembering when she first arrived at the compound all those years ago with Blue, meeting Tack and everyone else.  And then it’ll be present tense, to her and Tack in the last chapter of Pandemonium, going after Lena and saving Julian.  Incredible! 

It was great to learn that Raven started out like Lena, she was weak.  But she made a name for herself, worked her way up.  She’s a great role model.  A great person.

I’m terrified for her though and wonder how her story will unfold in the last of the trilogy, Requiem. 

                       Inside                                       Outside

               Characters       5/5                         Cover    4/5
                      Plot               4.5/5
               Feels             4.5/5
               Writing            4/5
               Overall        4.5/5

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