Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver
Pub. Date: February 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Format: Hardcover , 441pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Netgalley
Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn't understand that once love--the deliria--blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold.

Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Haloway has always looked forward to the day when she'll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: she falls in love.

I enjoyed reading the quotes from the health and safety handbook and various sources of books and poems at the beginning of each chapter. Oliver's writing is outstanding! She's created this twisted world where love is considered a disease. I wondered how she would pull it off and as I continued to read, I fell effortlessly into her world. Ah, the dangers of love. Who would have ever thought the idea of love could be so construed in one’s society making it deadly to one's health? Oliver's take on a society governed with rules against love captured me page by page.

The characters are well-crafted. The weight of society and its rules really takes a toll on not only Lena and Alex, but you can see its effects of the so called cured. Lena has dreamed of how life will be after the cure. She wants to forget and be free of her memories of her mother and to her the cure is the only thing that will solve this. I don't think she ever imagined that her life would turn out totally different. Alex, the love interest in this book is definitely a keeper & the two of them together fighting against the odds only endured me more to their plight. A heart-breaking romance - Just amazing!

This book had my mind churning and wondering what if? I can't imagine living in a society where you are forced to take a cure for love. Everything about the whole process of eliminating love was beyond my imaginings but at the same time, I got it. I guess this is a testament to Oliver's writing that it provoked so many emotions out of me.

I don't know how Oliver was able to pull it off but I'm just ecstatic that this book surpassed all of my expectations. I found DELIRIUM totally believable. And after that heart-wrenching ending, I can't wait to read the next installment. Oliver is on the fast track to becoming one of my favorite authors.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

32 comments:

BooksforCompany said...

l loved the quotes too, Lauren made the world she created feel so real!

Ailsa said...

I'm not sure I would actually like this book, but I would like to get it out the library to give it a try sometime. Glad to hear you liked it :-)

~Ailsa

fredamans said...

Fantastic review!
I'm glad it was all I hope you'd say it was. Being so different you wonder how many will enjoy the new one. So glad her writing style is what made you love it!

Library Lounge Lizard said...

I really liked this book too! Ugh but the ending was a killer...I need the next book NOW!

the epic rat said...

Awesome review! This book WAS scarily realistic, and I don't know what I'd do either. The ending is shocking - I'm curious to see how the series plays out.

Natalie Aguirre said...

What a great review. I agree the whole premise of the story is so intriguing.

dani_nguyen said...

Nice review. Can't wait to read this!

Jenny (The Mimosa Stimulus) said...

Great review! I'm really excited about reading Delirium. I promised myself I wouldn't buy anymore books until March, but every time I see this one in the stores I nearly cave. I must have it!

Ren (All By MySHELF) said...

This sounds really good! I didn't originally want to read it, but after reading some reviews, I had to add it to my wish list.
Great review! ^_^

Vivien said...

I'm so excited to read this novel. I've heard nothing but excellent things about it. Great review!

Zombie Girrrl said...

This sounds so amazing. Great review!

marian said...

great review!! i can't wait to read this book!!

TheGirlOnFire said...

Great review! It makes me want to read this book even more!

Bookish in a Box said...

I found Before I Fall to be brilliantly executed and I'm SOOO glad Delirium passed muster. I can't wait to read it!

Jessica (Confessions of a Bookaholic) said...

I just started reading this a few days ago and I'm lovin' it so far. Thanks for the great review. :)

KimberlySue said...

From reading the review, it definitely looks like a book I'd like!

Lisa R/alterlisa said...

I don't think I'd want to live in a society like this, but I'd love to read the book.


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lavender oil said...

I have it on my TBR shelf, and do not know why I did not read it yet. The premise is fascinating.

linaramz said...

I've been thinking about reading this. I think I'll give it a try. Thanks for the review!

Malak said...

At first, i had my doubts about this book. It seemed, i dont know, not intresting? But then i read your review, and the fact that you gave it a 5 out of 5 stars made me curious as to how good it really is. So I'll give it a shot now :)

Emy Shin said...

Thank you for the review! This sounds really great. :)

Rosa said...

I can't wait to read this book!

Rosana said...

I've heard many great things about this book and after reading this review I am sold! I cannot wait to read this book!

Makayla Livingston said...

This book sounds really good. Definitley something new. I can't wait to see what all the buzz is about!

nfmgirl said...

Hmmmmmm...sort of reminds me of Brave New World. I look forward to giving it a try, since I'm hearing such good things!

Maddie M. said...

Really great review, it makes me want to rush to the book store to get it!

CherylS22 said...

Great review! Gives me a little more insight into what this book is all about.

andreat78 said...

Sounds great! Definitely adding to my "must read" list.

Carolsue said...

Heart-wrenching ending? Now I really have to read this book!
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Booklover-Book Chicks said...

Amazing review! My friend just finished this book and said this is her new favorite book.

Alyssa (Redhead Heroines) said...

Great review! I loved Oliver's writing style as well... she is very, very good! However, for me, it was harder to get into the story and I was often bored throughout the book.
- Alyssa of Redhead Heroines
Book Review of "Delirium" by Lauren Oliver

Anonymous said...

One of the BEST books I have ever read, and the ending was so sad, I almost cried. :(

 

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