27 July 2011

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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 governments 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.

I was shocked I loved it so much.  Going in, I was hesitant.  I thought the idea was so straight forward, I thought there wasn't much that would be able to surprise me with this plot.  I thought The main character is going to drive me crazy, and The romance is going to be pathetic.

Wow.  Lauren Oliver totally took me by surprise.

First, the main character, Lena, was actually pretty cool.  I sometimes I wished she had more of a mind to stand up for herself, though.  I thought the relationships with her family members were excellently portrayed, though their reaction towards the end freaked me out.  I also liked Lena and Hana's friendship, though the plain-girl-with-a-gorgeous-best-friend complex was annoying at first.

Second, Alex.  I wasn't exactly drawn in by him.  I thought he was awesome though, and I did respect his character.  I think the romance between Lena and Alex worked; it never seemed forced.  Though only a seventeen-year-old boy could charm a girl the way Alex did.  (Read it to understand, it's pretty good. ^_^)

Once I got into this book, I was hooked.  The amount of detail Lauren Oliver put into this was fantastic.  I felt completely enveloped by the world.  Most of it was horrifying.  Most of it I could see running through my head like a movie.  The ending almost killed me.  Jesus, I was thisclose to crying. (That in itself an incredible feat. Haha.)  I can't wait to find out what happens in book two.

For such a straightforward idea, Lauren Oliver really pulled it off.  It was original, detailed and heart wrenching.  I need this book for my bookshelf.

Book Info:

  • pages – hardcover, 441
  • published – February 2011
  • publisher – HarperTeen
  • genre – dystopian
  • received via – library :)
  • rating – 5/5
  • series – Delirium
    • Delirium
    • Pandemonium
    • Requiem