Thursday, March 7, 2013

Raven: Review


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.


(This might contain spoilers of Pandemonium)

Raven is the best Delirium short story among three. Well, I don't really like Hana, so I don't really care about her part of story. Even in Requiem, I try to play as little attention on Hana's part as possible without not knowing the whole Requiem story. Annabel is a mystery, so it should be interesting. But Raven is a mystery too. And I have to say Annabel kind of disappoints me because there's little remarkable in the story. Raven... well I won't say Raven is as well written as Delirium. But Raven is good enough.

This story features Raven's life in the Wilds and how she's doing with Tack in New York, help to "spread the deliria". Yep, Raven shows up many times in Pandemonium, and we know her as a strong leader of the Invalids. But still, Raven has got her vulnerable side and secrets. And Raven is a story that you can know deeper about our leader of resistance.

As always, Lauren Oliver's words are beautiful and appreciative. Although nothing can match the heaven of words in Requiem, Raven is also a well-written novella. With her words, we can finally know how deep her emotion runs and how badly she's hurt. Both physically and mentally. We can finally get a glimpse of the vulnerable girl who first joined the Wilds, and how she became the leader of them. It's sad, on some level. You know, seeing a once innocent and slightly naive girl developing into a hard, hatred-filled leader of Invalids. In some ways she's just like Lena.

Blue is a part of the story as well. If you read Pandemonium, you will probably know about this deliria baby. Blue is a supporting character in Pandemonium. In Raven, as well. But her presence brings out the motherly and lovable side of Raven. The one side that we've never seen before. Lauren Oliver makes a good choice by using Blue's appearance to emphasize how complicated Raven is.

This is the last book I read in Delirium trilogy. And I already miss the characters. Lena, Alex, Julian, Raven, Grace. Even Hana, although she's still like a mechanical bitch. I highly doubt there will be another short story told in Alex's perspective besides the one in Requiem. I look forward to more installments from Lauren Oliver.

Rating: 7.5/10

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