To say I was excited for the third installment of Lauren Oliver’s Delirium series is a bit of an understatement. Nevertheless, I put off reading it until the end of school so that I could really enjoy it. And enjoy it, I did…
Oliver has created a future United States were love is a disease from which you can be “cured”. The main character, Lena, lives in Portland with her lower middle class family and a history of relatives who have succumbed to the disease giving their family a not-so-solid reputation. This is when she meets Alex. The first book then ensues, followed by the second, until we arrive at the third when Lena is living in the Wilds with a group of Invalids and the other two legs of her love triangle.
I enjoyed everything about this book… until the end. The story-telling was as solid as ever. Oliver is fantastic at describing situations in a way that are easy to picture and she keeps you on the edge of your chair the whole time. It’s really a guessing game from start to finish and that makes it so exciting. I would go so far as to say I was enjoying this book even more than the previous two (although Pandemonium is fantastic once you get into the meat of the story). The excitement that had built up because of this wonderful book, however, was quickly crushed.
Let’s just say that the last five pages left A LOT to be desired. It was one of the moments where you go: “that’s not really the end, right”? But it was. It was the end and I was so sad. There was no conclusion for the characters. I didn’t feel as if any of them had any direction they were going at the end of the book. It was all very inconclusive and a bit anti-climactic.
…Specifically for Hana and Julian. They had absolutely no conclusion and it made me very sad because they are definitely my favorite characters. It still frustrates me when I think about it.
So, while I appreciated Oliver’s impassioned plea at the end for the reader to “take down the walls”, I was left incredibly dissatisfied and praying that she’ll publish a fourth for the series (which is unlikely because it’s been called the Delirium trilogy since the first book came out).
It was so close to fantastic that it’s almost depressing.