Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperTeen, February 1st, 2011
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover, 441 pages
Series: Book 1 in a trilogy
Goodreads summary:

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 Holoway 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. 

My thoughts: Wowza. That’s all I can say. Delirium blew me away.

Lena has gone her whole life looking forward to the day she can have the surgery that will eradicate love from her mind. Kids are brought up learning that love is the sickness that led to all of our past faults, including crimes and even wars. Now that there is no love, there is only peace. Out of the blue, a young man named Alex enters Lena’s life and shakes it up like she never could have imagined. I don’t want to give away too much here, but the book’s summary has already told you Lena falls in love. And how. She and Alex buck the system, though it isn’t an easy thing for Lena to do, given her upbringing. She has to fight her feelings because they are a sign of the delirium taking hold.

I thought the plot was fantabulous and such a unique idea. I have to give credit to Lauren Oliver here, because the way she wrote totally had me convinced that this ‘no love’ thing was a good idea! I understood why Lena and everyone saw this as a valid way of life. The writing was so descriptive; you are simply dropped into this world that looked like ours but was so different. The people, buildings and scenery were fully fleshed out and you could absolutely picture everything as it was described. The characters were complex and believable. Nothing they ever did was anything I would consider out of character or odd.

The dialogue was also believable and spot-on. I loved the way Lena and her best friend got along and were like regular teenage girls. The tension Lena felt with her family made you feel for her and her situation. As Lena started to have feelings for Alex, her hesitations and thoughts felt true to me. The chemistry between Alex and Lena was intense and I loved it. This was a real love story, not one of those ‘instalove’ things that many young adult books suffer from.

There was lots of action and it was so enthralling that by the end of the final climax, I was literally wringing my hands. I was in the cafeteria at work and I know people were looking at me but I didn’t care. I wanted to get to the end and see what happened, but I didn’t want it to end. And damn if it didn’t make me teary-eyed.

The sum up: Dystopian at it was meant to be, this is one of the best books I’ve read. I will be first in line to get the sequel when it comes out.

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  1. I’m waiting to pick this one up from the library! It looks so good, I can’t wait!

  2. Isalys / Book Soulmates says:

    I’m reading this right now and for some reason, it’s taking me a while to get through it. I think the concept is brilliant but there are still a few things I’m having trouble digesting. I, personally feel that love is so much a part of who we are and what we do, that a world without it would just seem like an empty shell (IMO).

    I’m enjoying the romance between Lena and Alex. I can definitely feel how that “love” would drastically alter Lena’s life. I am eager to see where the story goes and how it ends.

    Great review!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Isalys, I agree that the world would be like an empty shell without love. But if we grew up in that world and never knew what it felt like, it would just be the norm.


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