Thursday, 19 June 2014

Review: Raven (Delirium Novella #2.5) by Lauren Oliver Synopsis:
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.

Seeing from Raven’s perspective was incredibly interesting not only because it was good to see how her tough exterior came to be, but it was also incredibly nice to see how her relationship with Tack developed, and even nicer to see how strong it truly was. I love them together and it was not only great to understand Raven more but also Tack. You discover a lot about him (though not nearly enough) and he quickly works his way into your heart through this novella.

But since this novella is about Raven (obviously from the title) it did focus more on her and her past. It is mentioned a lot for a novella and normally I would hate this because it would seem like a pity party for one, but Lauren Oliver did it quite artfully and so it’s less noticeable.

I have to say that I didn’t really understand Raven in Pandemonium and I wasn’t following how Lena could feel so emotionally involved with her. The way she attacked Lena about Alex was also a big NO NO, I mean hadn’t the girl been through enough? But when it really counted she was there for her, though the retelling from her POV was a little bit boring because you learnt nothing new. It was the rest focused on her relationships that was the real score.

After the shock at the end of this novella and the cliff-hanger that finished Pandemonium I expect nothing less than an explosive finale in Requiem and I really want Raven and Tack to live through it. They just have to.
Favourite Quotes:
“He looks funny in a suit jacket, like a bear dressed up in costume for the circus. I would never tell him that, though.”

“A name that brings a taste of sunshine, and of sunshine raising mist from the trees, and of mist reaching toward the sky.”

“Lies are just stories, and stories are all that matter. We all tell stories. Some are more truthful than others, maybe, but in the end the only thing that counts is what you can make people believe.”

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