Raven

Posted 26 January 2014 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

RavenRaven by Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #2.5
Published by Harper Collins on 2013-03-15
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 55
Source: personal purchase | eBook

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from personal purchase in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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From the back cover...

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.

My Review

Raven was a great addition to the Delirium series, giving us a lot more insight into the character.  I think this just might be my favorite of the Delirium novellas.  She is one of those characters that I didn’t fall in love with right from the beginning.  I didn’t understand her.  Sometimes I loved her, sometimes she annoyed me, and sometimes she just confused me.  But this novella really explains her.  The novella goes back and forth and time, introducing her to us just after she has escaped into the Wilds.  We also learn more about Tack and his relationship with her.  His story is just as important to her as is her own and it was interesting to see how they came to be who they are together.  There is so much more to her than initially meets the eye.

My Recommendation

This novella really adds a level of depth to the Raven and is an excellent addition to the series.

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: 4.2

About Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver comes from a family of writers and so has always (mistakenly) believed that spending hours in front of the computer every day, mulling over the difference between “chortling” and “chuckling,” is normal. She has always been an avid reader.

She attended the University of Chicago, where she continued to be as impractical as possible by majoring in philosophy and literature. After college, she attended the MFA program at NYU and worked briefly as the world’s worst editorial assistant, and only marginally better assistant editor, at a major publishing house in New York. Her major career contributions during this time were flouting the corporate dress code at every possible turn and repeatedly breaking the printer. Before I Fall is her first published novel.

She is deeply grateful for the chance to continue writing, as she has never been particularly good at anything else.

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