REVIEW: Delirium (Book 2) – Dee Shulman


Dee Shulman

Book 2

Paperback, 425 pages

Published May 2nd 2013 by Penguin Books

ISBN: 978-0-141-34027-2

– 2.5 stars

“Seth and Eva have survived the virus that brought them together, but when Eva’s health deteriorates, they must find the source before it’s too late. As more and more people succumb to the lethal fever, Seth must begin the perilous journey across time to try and stop its spread. But even he can’t predict the devastating chain of events the virus has unleashed.”

This book continues from the cliff-hanger of book one Fever where Eva has awoken after her kiss with Seth. Eva tries to continue searching for her mysterious disease and the strange case that is Professor Ambrose but her illness causes her to take several turns for the worst. This causes Seth to become extremely worried and continue his rigorous search for a way for them to be together.

This book, like the first, was really hard to read. The story itself is strangely captivating, yet I feel that it is poorly planned out and not written to its full potential. I felt that the characters in this book took a turn for the worst; Eva was eventually turning into a TSTL to live “heroine” and Seth became really, really, puke-worthy, protective over Eva. Even Edward Cullen would raise an eyebrow at his fierceness. Some things that crept up in this book didn’t really creep up at all, as they weren’t explored properly in the previous book and just seemed to be there.

Like the first, this book was written from 1st person POV for Eva and 3rd person POV for Seth. There were also 3rd person POV chapters for Matthias, which by about half way through, I just kept skipping as I really could not stand to read them. However, I did enjoy Jennifer Linden’s chapters as they were fast paced and had a couple of unexpected twists in them that added a smidgen of suspense. The linguistic techniques used were minimal and lack of detail was once again dominant but not unexpected unfortunately.

To sum up, a lot of patience is needed to read this trilogy as exploration of setting and characters is slow and overall disappointing. I found the last 100 pages the best as the pace sped up slightly, but didn’t give enough tension from what I expect of a novel. Especially a YA science-fiction novel. The fainting was also at an all time high. I don’t think there was one chapter where Eva didn’t feel dizzy or light headed. The romance was very monotonous and unrealistic. I am going to read the final book just to see what happens but I am not particularly looking forward to it. Wish me luck…

Please like and comment below if you have read this trilogy, you want to buy this book but need more persuading or if you agreed/disagreed with my review. I’d love to hear from you! Or you can contact me here.

* This book was sent to me by a publisher in return for an honest review.

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