Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Delirium Review War and PANDEMONIUM GIVEAWAY

Delirium by Lauren Oliver 


Review War

This is hosted on Cuddlebuggery. Head on over there to win a signed copy of Delirium. Also, win a signed copy of Pandemonium below!


The play­ers

In one cor­ner we have Cuddlebuggery’s own Grand Madam Queen Mis­tress of the Uni­verse, Kat Kennedy! And in the other cor­ner we have first time guest to Cud­dle­bug­gery, hail­ing from Wake Up at Seven, Princess of Dark­ness, Isabelle Doan!
I expect a nice and dirty fight ladies. Hold no punches and take no prisoners!

Kat Kennedy:  This Kat Kennedy here with Isabelle Doan from Wake Up at Seven Blog and we’ll be dis­cussing Delir­ium by Lau­ren Oliver today – or more impor­tantly, why I thought Delir­ium was seri­ously flawed and why Izzy is WRONG.  Or, you know, on the oppo­site side of that argument…

Isabelle Doan:  I may be the under­dog here, Kat, but Delir­ium was prob­a­bly one of my favorite reads of 2012 so far.

Kat Kennedy:  I hon­estly can’t see why but I am at least will­ing to pre­tend to lis­ten to your argu­ment.  As far as Dystopi­ans go – it would scarcely be rated among the best of them.

Isabelle Doan:  If you’re will­ing to pre­tend then I’ll join your imag­i­nary play­house. And to be hon­est, I can see why this wouldn’t be a great dystopian but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a great novel.

Kat Kennedy:  I’m not wail­ing on Lau­ren Oliver – I have a lot of respect for her as an author but the world build­ing was really weak and incon­sis­tent for me.  And since it is very firmly a dystopian – I felt that was a let down.  Also – my imag­i­nary play­house is awesome.

Isabelle Doan:  I’ll agree to that, Kat. As I said in my review, these peo­ple still have ibupro­fen when they have a freak­ing cure for love. How­ever, the char­ac­ters really helped to bring us into this incon­sis­tent world, AS YOU SO CALL IT.

And your play­house is a card­board box.

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Isabelle Doan:  Well if it has manly alco­hol, I’ll retract my statement.

Kat Kennedy: And that’s all that mat­ters.  Look, the char­ac­ters were okay.  I felt the main pro­tag­o­nist was nicely fleshed out but they’re not really enough for me to patch up the shaky world build­ing.  Alex is very flimsy in his characterization.

Isabelle Doan:  Alex is maybe flimsy, but I feel that he has some­thing good that will hap­pen to him in Pan­de­mo­nium. As you can see, he’s not reveal­ing all of his secrets- yet. Per­haps Lau­ren Oliver is set­ting us up for an amaz­ing sec­ond novel.  He’s a tor­tured char­ac­ter, and that’s good.

Kat Kennedy:  Oliver has writ­ing chops – there is no doubt.  But I don’t think set­ting up for a sec­ond novel really excuses an awk­ward first one.  I will grant that he is a bit deeper than many male pro­tag­o­nists.  And I DID enjoy Lena though I felt her back­story was a bit of a copout on Oliver’s part.

Isabelle Doan:  What part of it did you think was awk­ward, Miss Kat?

Kat Kennedy:  Well, like I said, the world build­ing was incon­sis­tent, I didn’t think Alex was very well char­ac­ter­ized and I think Oliver bit off more than she could chew in regards to the philo­soph­i­cal aspect of a soci­ety with­out love.  For me, it made for a vaguely unful­fill­ing, frus­trat­ing read­ing experience.

Isabelle Doan:  Vaguely unful­fill­ing? This isn’t a Twinkie, Kat! (Although I could go for one right now.)  And the philo­soph­i­cal part is inter­est­ing. No love doesn’t mean peo­ple are self­ish, if that’s what you mean.

Kat Kennedy:  No, I mean in the nur­tur­ing depart­ment and peo­ple not by psy­chopaths.  But that’s kind of a lot to get into.  What did you think about the writ­ing?  Did the lan­guage and the tech­nique do it for you?

Isabelle Doan:  Well, I think Lau­ren Oliver is awe­some with a pen, although the sim­i­les were too fre­quent, so it felt like I was just read­ing words on a page some­times. If you ever get that feel­ing.  And some­times they were awkward.

Kat Kennedy:  I get the feel­ing that I’m read­ing words on a page a lot.  Like, all the time.  Like, every time I crack open a book, BAM!  Words on a page.  Disgraceful….

Yeah, I gen­er­ally have to agree – but I’m not going to com­plain much – she’s pretty pro­fi­cient and she has a smooth style.

Isabelle Doan:  You have killed my pride. Pre­pare to die.

Kat Kennedy:  In a knife fight?

Isabelle Doan:  I was think­ing more goug­ing your eyes out with rusty spoons, but that works too.

Kat Kennedy:  You should have those vio­lent ten­den­cies checked out.  Maybe your weren’t cud­dled enough as a child.


I just don’t think Oliver real­is­ti­cally explored this con­cept of a love­less society.

Isabelle Doan:  The teenagers and chil­dren care for each other, though. As you can see, Lena cared for her lit­tle niece Gra­cie. So it’s not as if the chil­dren are com­pletely devoid of love.

Kat Kennedy:  Yeah, but that’s the thing – we have no real basis to fall on because Lena was raised by a nur­tur­ing, lov­ing mother.  And her entire fam­ily is filled with sympathizers.
What about a child that expe­ri­ences no love?  Any­where.  From anyone?
Because chil­dren don’t nec­es­sar­ily make good pri­mary care­givers and solid attach­ments for other children.

Isabelle Doan:  If I’m not mis­taken, Hana was one of those chil­dren. Which is why she’s such a mav­er­ick when it comes to see what’s on the other side. Lit­er­ally, and figuratively.

Kat Kennedy:  But that’s the thing – she’s com­pletely nor­mal.  I won­der if Oliver truly under­stand attach­ment or not.  I don’t know if she has kids.

But there wasn’t any explo­ration of the psy­cho­log­i­cal effects of that kind of childhood.
And I don’t buy that “nor­mal” is the sta­tus quo.

Isabelle Doan:  Okay, so maybe nor­mal isn’t the sta­tus quo. But maybe the effects of “not being cud­dled enough” are?

Kat Kennedy:  Well, I don’t know.  On a scale of 1-10 how psy­cho­pathic are you?

Isabelle Doan:  Well if one is, trips peo­ple on the street and ten is being like one of those zom­bie can­ni­bals on bath salts – I would have to say 4.

Kat Kennedy:  You threat­ened to cut my eyes out with a rusty spoon! A five at least.

Isabelle Doan:  I won’t go higher than six. Six is cre­at­ing 27 accounts on goodreads to harass other authors and pro­mote my book.

Kat Kennedy:  Oh my good­ness.  You just went there.
Okay, I think this wraps up that dis­cus­sion!  I will be read­ing Pan­de­mo­nium though to see if you’re right about it!

If not, I’m com­ing back to get you!

Isabelle Doan:  Yes ma’am. But not if the zom­bie can­ni­bals get you first.

Kat Kennedy:  Damn those zom­bie cannibals!

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Thanks again to Kat and Stephanie of Cuddlebuggery who worked so hard to put this together. Kindness just amazes me. You're the best-est-est-est.



  1. Great review war! You and Kat made me laugh so much. :D
    Regarding the book, I can't decide which side I'm on. I'm in the middle of it myself and I still can't decide if I like it or not. There are parts where I go through the pages feverishly and yet I don't hesitate to put it down either.

    1. Yeah, this book is sort of a hit and miss with everyone.

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. Great post!

    Thank you so much for the giveaway :3

  3. I don't even need to think about it, even if Kat put up a good fight. I'm on your side, Isabelle :) Have you read Pandemonium yet? I thought it was great and I ended up with having quite the dilemma after having finished it.

    And I mustn't forget: Thank you for this wonderful giveaway and for making it international. I would love to have a signed copy in my hands. Not sure if we'll ever see Lauren Oliver here in Norway :)

    1. You really should be thanking Kat and Stephanie over at Cuddlbuggery!

      And no, I have not read Pandemonium! I really want to, though. So many books, so little time.


  4. These .gifs are adorable. Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. I know right? I was crying when Kat posted these gifs. They were just too amazing for me.


  5. I really just want to have a zombie conversation with you. Fer realzies.
    I haven't read this YET.
    But you told me to come to the dark side... so here I am. I expect you to teach me how to bake.

    And thank you for the giveaway. <3

    1. Yes. We have some vegan brownies here, if that's your thing.

  6. I love Kat's goodreads reviews; I basically live by them. Anyways, I just recently found her book blog and learned of her friendship with you. Since she adores you I read some of your reviews and learned that you are just amazing...thank you for being awesome! Oh and thanks for the giveaway too! :)

    1. I wouldn't say that she adores me, haha. It's more like we have a mutual like of making fun of people and good books.


  7. Nice, I'm kinda on the fence about the book. On one hand, it did enough of a job drawing me in that I totally didn't even think about a lot of the unrealistic things (like being raised by unaffectionate parents), but on the other hand, it was really predictable. I think I'd almost rather read about the history of this society, and get more information especially on how religion disappeared but yet the Bible's been twisted into a history of the cure.

  8. Love the humorous review, and what's not to like about this amazing giveaway?! haha

  9. I love Lauren Oliver!!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. You just m\de my day. Thank you for that and also for the giveaway.

  11. HI! I love Lauren Oliver! Would love to win!