[Mini Reviews] Raven, Alex & Free Four

Short stories time! Obviously, they didn’t take very long to read, especially Free Four (being only less than 15 pages long).

(Delirium #2.5)
by Lauren Oliver
YA – Dystopia, Romance
Rating: 4 Cakes
I was really excited to get into Raven’s head cause she’s one of my favorite characters from Delirium trilogy thanks to her leader-like attitude and tough personality. We get to know more about Raven’s past from this short story, how she evolves from a scared teenager when she first arrives in the Wilds with Blue, her relationship with Tack and her decision to help Lena saving Julian. Sometimes Raven’s attitude is a bit harsh in Pandemonium or Requeim, but now I understand what she has been through before and that makes me respect her more.
My only complain was the confusion I had when I started this short story. I admit it was a bit hard for me to adjust to the timeline (this story is set near the end of Pandemonium) cause I already read Requiem. And it goes back and forth between Raven’s past and present. But overall, this is a very nice short story. Just saying, I think I would enjoy Requiem more if there was Raven’s POV in it.

(Delirium #3.5)
by Lauren Oliver
YA – Dystopia, Romance
Rating: 2 Cakes
We get to know Alex’s childhood, what happens to him after the last event in Delirium, how he escapes from the Crypts and his own journey of finding Lena in the Wilds. Honestly, this short story was a bit boring for me. And confusing. But I did liked some parts of it and even though I didn’t enjoy this as much as I wanted to, I still like Alex’s character. Here is my favorite quote:
β€œSometimes I think maybe they were right all along, the people on the other side in Zombieland. Maybe it would be better if we didn’t love. If we didn’t lose either. If we didn’t get our hearts stomped on, shattered: if we didn’t have to patch and repatch until we’re like Frankenstein monsters, all sewn together and bound up by who knows what. If we could just float along, like snow. But how could anyone who’s ever seen a summer – big explosions of green and skies lit up electric with splashy sunsets, a riot of flowers and wind that smells like honey – pick the snow?”

Free Four: Tobias Tells the Story
(Divergent #1.5)
by Veronica Roth
YA – Dystopia
Rating: 5 Cakes

I love every single thing in this story, even though it’s less than fifteen pages long. This story is about knife-throwing scene from Divergent in Tobias’s POV. Unlike Alex, I think this short story actually adds depth into the scene. This short story is so well-written and I think it will get better or at least it won’t be any less awesome if I re-read it over and over. I need something like this more! I don’t have many things to say about this but one word: AMAZING. 


  1. I totally agree about Free Four – it was amazing! And I never really got into the Delirium world, so I haven’t read the other two… πŸ™‚


    1. Yep Veronica Roth should write more novellas in his POV! XD I doubt he’ll get on in Allegiant…


  2. I LOVED Free Four too! I haven’t read any of the Delirium short stories but I don’t think I will… I didn’t really like Alex’s character in the third book… Don’t get me wrong, I did still enjoy the Delirium series – just not as much as a lot of other book lovers! :/


    1. Four is amazing!!

      Umm Delirium short stories aren’t that good, I think. Except Raven. Her POV is really interesting πŸ™‚


  3. I love novellas accompanying series! I like that it gives you a new, broader look on certain characters:)


    1. These are my first novellas! I never read one before cause I think it isn’t that important but if novella is done nicely, it can add depth to the characters/story. Now I think I’ll read more novellas πŸ˜›


  4. I really want to pick up the Delirium series! And i didn’t realize there were short story-type ones! Are they something extra or can you read them without spoiling the series?


    1. I haven’t read all of the short stories but if you read in the correct order I think you won’t be spoiled as much. πŸ™‚ The short stories is about the characters’ past and they switch from past to present so I suggest you not to read them first if you haven’t read the book! Raven has spoiler for Pandemonium btw πŸ™‚


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