Delirium Trilogy Withdrawal Tips and Some Music for Delirium

Delirum trilogy

Have you finished the Delirium trilogy and are feeling like poop right now? Drifting off during the day thinking about the story, reflecting on Lena’s journey, swooning over Alex/Julian or crying buckets because you probably aren’t going to hear any more about these endearing characters. Well, if all these describes you, you’re probably going through Delirium trilogy withdrawal. I guess it can apply to other trilogies/series that have finished and is not limited to just books, but here are some tips to get you through this delirious phase in life.

  1. Start on a new book! It’s the best way to prevent your mind from dwelling on your sadness.
  2. If no. 1 fails, then don’t read a book at all if you can’t get into it. Try movies instead. They are usually easier to focus on than books and take less time. Moreover, since most movies are standalone, you won’t be pining for more like you are doing for the Delirium trilogy.
  3. Get out there and have some fun! Be it shopping, exercising or just simply hanging out with friends, as long as you’re out of the house, it should work as a distraction.
  4. Write a review. That’s what I did and it helped a lot. Reflect on the trilogy and just pour out your feelings. Maybe it doesn’t need to be a review, it could be a letter that you’ll never show anyone instead. So long as you have an outlet for your roiling emotions, it’ll be good.
  5. Talk. To your friends, family, other bloggers or anyone who’s interested in books. If you’re too shy to tell others, babble to yourself. Of course not out loud if you’re uncomfortable, maybe through ways like those mentioned in no. 4.

So yes. That’s about it. I’m not really out of withdrawal yet but these are the ways that have helped me with it so far. I hope this is useful and though we need to get over the trilogy some day, no one says you can’t keep a little special space in your heart for it.

Before I end, I just need to share a great discovery I made while listening to music on the way to school a few days back. The song Crazier by Taylor Swift (it was used in Hannah Montana: The Movie) came on while I was reflecting on Requiem (which I’ve just finished). I started singing along in my mind and then, it hit me. Crazier is the absolute perfect song to describe Lena and Alex’s relationship in Delirium! The lyrics are completely sweet and filled with well, love. If you haven’t heard the song, I’ve provided a link to the official video.

Here are the lyrics:

I’d never gone with the wind
Just let it flow
Let it take me where it wants to go to
You open the door
There’s so much more
I’ve never seen it before
I was trying to fly
But I couldn’t find wings
But you came along and you changed everything

[Chorus:]
You lift my feet off the ground
You spin me around
You make me crazier, crazier
Feels like I’m falling and I
I’m lost in your eyes
You make me crazier, crazier, crazier

I watched from a distance as you made life your own
Every sky was your own kind of blue
And I wanted to know how that would feel
And you made it so real
You showed me something that I couldn’t see
You opened my eyes
And you made me believe

[Chorus:]
You lift my feet off the ground
You spin me around
You make me crazier, crazier
Feels like I’m falling and I 
I’m lost in your eyes
You make me crazier, crazier, crazier

Baby you showed me what living is for
I don’t wanna hide anymore
Oh oh

You lift my feet off the ground
You spin me around
You make me crazier, crazier
Feels like I’m fallin’ and I am lost in your eyes
You make me crazier, crazier, crazier, crazier, crazier

Thoughts? Opinions? I personally am a huge Taylor fan and love all her songs, especially her lyrics. I was also secretly replacing the parts where she sang ‘crazier, crazier’ with ‘delirious, delirious’. Wish this post has helped and enlightened you!

 

Cheerios!

Adel

 

P.S. Did you know there’s an official song for Delirium? Check it out here!

Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Requiem

Requiem
by Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #3
Publication Date: 05 March 2013
HarperCollins, Hardcover, 391 pages
Source: Purchased

Goodreads | The Book Depository | Amazon

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR DELIRIUM & PANDEMONIUM.

They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.

But we are still here.

And there are more of us every day.

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor.

Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.

Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.

But we have chosen a different road.

And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.

We are even free to choose the wrong thing.

Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

Rating: ★★★★★

This is it. The end of the journey – where one of the fictional lives I’ve been living for the past year comes to a bittersweet end. I’ve made it no secret that I’m absolutely in love (oh, the irony) with the Delirium trilogy. I still remember the day I picked up Delirium from the library. The gorgeous cover was what first captured me, followed by the synopsis – love as a disease, who would’ve thought? Truthfully, I never expected it to completely blow me away. Then came the impatient wait for Pandemonium. Though not my favourite book of the trilogy, Pandemonium made me feel so proud of Lena, how much more independent and capable she grew to be even without Alex there. I can finally see now why he couldn’t be in the second book as Lena needed to find herself, by herself.

After Pandemonium, the agonizing long wait for Requiem seemed like eternity but here I am now, finished with the trilogy. As you can tell from the rating I gave, I obviously enjoyed Requiem (heh, understatement). Though I’m dying to start babbling about the conclusion, let me start from the top. Requiem picks up pretty much immediately where Pandemonium left off. As seen from the end of Pandemonium, Alex came back, but changed. Colder, harder and well, seemingly ignorant towards Lena, he can’t get any further from the warm, sweet Alex who was in love with Lena in Delirium. However, I understood his actions. After spending months in the Crypts, which was probably worse than dying, in order to save Lena, when he finally sees her, she’s embracing some other dude. Must’ve been a  pretty darn crappy feeling. Did they work things out? That’s for me to know and you to find out in the book. ;)

I’m not sure whether I’ve mentioned this before, but I was quite upset when Julian came into the picture (in Pandemonium). I’ve always been annoyed with unnecessary love angles. However, in Requiem, I realised that Julian was needed, in order to portray Lena’s progress. How she was more decisive and could also have the ability to lead a relationship and not be led instead. Also, I got to admit that I’m impressed with Julian’s patience with Lena when Alex came back, I finally see that he’s actually a really nice guy (though no one can replace Alex, in my opinion). Moreover, Lauren Oliver had done something with this love angle that many YA authors did not. Which is to depict not only the girl’s struggle between two boys, but also the hardship the two guys were facing, being caught in a love angle, loving the same girl. I love that the tension and turmoil between all three of them were palpable.

As for the narration of the story, it was told from both Lena and Hana’s point of view. Lauren Oliver must be a complete genius to bring Hana back in the story! With Hana still in Portland, the unanswered questions of what happened to Lena’s family and what really occurred during the Incidents can be well, answered. I could literally see all the gaps in the plot being filled. Furthermore, providing a look into the mind of an actual Cured created a balanced narration, preventing it from seeming biased if only told from an Invalid’s perspective. A word of advice though, Hana did something horrible before she was cured, her actions were the catalysts that triggered a majority of everything leading up to Requiem. So be prepared.

In my opinion, the final installment of a trilogy can either make or break it. Requiem definitely made it. Delirium was lyrical and romantic while Pandemonium was action-packed and hard-edged. Requiem was right smack in the middle of those two – the perfect combination of emotions and adventure. Although categorised as dystopian, there was barely anything political to the conclusion of the Delirium trilogy, the main focus was on humanity and of course, love (both its positive and negative effects). Hence, it really wasn’t a big deal to me what happens after the end, whether the society in the story would have a whole new governing system.

I wouldn’t say this ending is for everyone. I’ll admit it was slightly open ended. However, I strangely did not mind. I knew who Lena ended up with ( it doesn’t take a genius to figure that out) but with this ending, those supporting the other guy, can still make themselves feel contented by choosing their own alternate ending. Don’t see it as an incomplete story, see it as the freedom Lauren Oliver has given us to choose what happens next. After all, isn’t freedom what the Resistance and the Invalids were fighting for? This ending just amplifies that message. With the freedom to choose, comes the opportunity to pick things that make us unhappy – this was reiterated throughout Requiem.

Although I know all good things have to come to an end, that doesn’t mean I can easily accept it. I won’t lie that I’ve been in withdrawal after completing Requiem. Everything in life seem to remind me of the trilogy and there’s this twisty feeling inside me that’s hard to shake. So for all those out there in withdrawal too, I’ll write a post soon about how to get past this (bittersweet) phase in life. This trilogy has brought me up and down, chewed up my heart and spit it back out, melted my insides to goo and made me cry buckets (30 pages into Requiem, I was sweating through my eyes). I’m sure anything that can trigger so much feelings must be nothing less than epic. I’ve learnt so much through these three books, just like Lena. To be braver, more selfless, appreciate the choices we have now and dare to love.

As I write the last paragraph of this review and say farewell to my straight out favourite trilogy ever – I mean it – I hope you guys out there would read Requiem with an open mind. I’m also incredibly thankful to Lauren Oliver for creating this beautifully twisted world I’ve lived through Lena in. Maybe it’s just because Lena and I are around the same height and I can find my full name in hers, or it could be more. All I know is, the Delirium trilogy has undoubtedly touched me and affected my outlook on life. Hopefully, it will do the same for all of you out there. Now, lets end off with one of the loveliest (no pun intended) quotes I’ve come across.

I love you. Remember. They cannot take it.

Adelena

Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Requiem

Requiem
by Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #3
Publication Date: 05 March 2013
HarperCollins, Hardcover, 391 pages
Source: Borrowed

Goodreads | The Book Depository | Amazon

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR DELIRIUM & PANDEMONIUM.

They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.

But we are still here.

And there are more of us every day.

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor.

Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.

Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.

But we have chosen a different road.

And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.

We are even free to choose the wrong thing.

Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

Rating: ★★★★½

One word to sum it all up: AWESOME.

In this (fairly) lengthy review, I would be sharing my thoughts about Requiem, as well as my overall thoughts of the entire delirium trilogy.

Requiem delivered an astonishingly well-told story, allowing me to explore the era of the near future in the eyes of both Hana and Lena. Their lives are different – yet the same – one trapped, stifled and forced by the norms and expectations of being the fiancée to the soon-to-be mayor; the other one stranded, deserted and alone, despite being in a team, she cannot truly rely on anyone. There was a large degree of conflict in the novel, be it between Lena and Hana, between Lena and Coral, Lena and Raven, Hana and her mother, Lena and her mother, Lena and Alex and of course, Julian and Alex. These interpersonal conflicts are so inextricably wound together that I could imagine a single character without them. Such conflicts present in the novel trace the character flaws of each character, defining hem for who they are and what they stand for. The symbolism of their relationships struck me the most.

The structure of the novel was different as compared to Delirium and Pandemonium, and although Lauren Oliver adapted the story to such a difficult fixture (for I had previously read other books which tried, unsuccessfully, to write in dual perspectives of leads – where the two protagonists are portrayed in an awkward manner), she did a fantastic job – I’m not kidding. The different lives of Lena and Hana eventually culminate inevitably in one crucial encounter, that is, the very point in the novel where readers had been so eagerly awaiting. That momentary recognition, nostalgia and action on the part of somewhere in between friendship and obligation of the two old friends ensure the smooth transition to the climatic end of the novel.

I felt as though the book could be made into a movie, and the thoughts of the characters were almost voiceovers in treacherous times. That’s how good it was for me, apparently. I especially enjoyed the tension between Alex and Julian – and now I appreciate why Lauren Oliver decided to dedicate a book to each of them – to show the depth of each of their relationships with Lena. It was definitely a much different experience from Twilight, where we know that in the love angle, Edward would emerge as ‘winner’ at the expense of Jacob’s emotional hurt over losing Bella. Rather, I honestly believed that both Alex and Julian had a nearly equal competition for Lena’s feelings, and of course, she would have the final say. I was glad that, there was no “Hunger Games” situation, where maybe either Alex or Julian would have died and Lena left with “no choice” but to go with the one who survives / still is sane enough / not evil or dead, for her to love (Katniss-Peeta-Gale déjà vu moment, LOL).

I was rather impressed with the pace of Requiem. I was absolutely thankful that there was no one point in the story that seemed to ostentatiously protrude, offering a false urgency that barrels the plot towards a predictable climax and resolution. There was no such thing. And I loved it. The story didn’t seem to progress as slowly as it did in Delirium, and not as rushed or confusingly as did Pandemonium (though I choose to believe that the pace aided in the plot and structure of these two novels prior to Requiem), and moved at a comfortable, yet exciting pace. I believe that the plot couldn’t be too rushed as there needed to be some deserved build up of romantic and emotional tension that allowed a thorough sense of character development, and neither could the plot move at a snail’s pace, lest there would be a lack of “plot propulsion”, causing the audience to unfortunately lose their interest.

I enjoyed the gradual build up of anticipation, triggered by the small battles and “conquests” of the rebels along the way, and Hana’s point of view, which revealed more depth in her character than I ever could have imagined. The only problem was the tense; I felt that throughout the series, the usage of present tense gave the story a false immediacy used to “appeal” to young readers as a new technique of writing. However, it has grown on me and I have learnt to accept Delirium the way it is. I like how the storyline encompasses not only the overarching theme of romance, but how it includes politics, friendship, loyalty and family as the main themes as well. I was glad that there were also elements of betrayal, comradeship, violence and action. I enjoyed how the story translated meaning more than: “if love were a disease”, but more of towards the choices one makes in his or her life and how they affect our paths.

(SPOILER)

And at the end of the book, we are not consumed by the victory of the protagonists, for the victory is a loss to be sustained in some ways, it’s a give and take situation. Who Lena ends up with is not very tightly determined, though biased; we can still weave the ending and interpret a fixed one ourselves. The conclusion is open to our imagination, yes, mirroring the freedom awarded to the champions of the rebellion.

And now, I’ll leave you to your thoughts. (:

Dee