Apr 12, 2013

Raven by Lauren Oliver Review

Raven by Lauren Oliver
(Delirium #2.5)
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins; 50 pages

This captivating 50-page digital-original 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.

Raven is the 2nd ebook in the Delirium series.  It was released between Pandemonium and Requiem.  In it, the reader gets a little bit of an insight into the character of Raven.  And just like in Pandemonium, where the story read from two different time periods, Raven also takes places at two points in time.  The first being when Raven first escaped into the Wilds when Blue was a baby.  The second is Raven's point of view of the events from the last few chapters of Pandemonium.

Now I admit that Raven is actually not a favorite character of mine in this series.  I always found her to be too harsh, and lacking of sympathy.  So I was intrigued to read a story from her point of view to get inside he head and see how her mind works.  With that said, I really did enjoy this ebook.  My one complaint is that it was just too short.  I found myself wanting to read more of Raven's story.  I enjoyed reading about her relationship with Tack, and seeing that she really does have emotions and dreams like everyone else.

I read Requiem before I read Raven.  There was something that was revealed in Raven, that wasn't even addressed in Requiem.  And this was something of importance, I found myself wondering if maybe I just overlooked it when I was reading Requiem.  But I really don't think that this was the case.  I understand that Requiem was Lena and Hana's story, but Raven is an important character and it just didn't make sense to me that that wasn't mentioned.

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