Monday, April 30, 2012

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium (Delirium, #1)

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2/7/2012
Pages: 480


Ninety-five days, and then I’ll be safe.

I wonder whether the procedure will hurt.

I want to get it over with.

It’s hard to be patient.

It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet.

Still, I worry.

They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness.
Love. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.

In Lauren Oliver’s stunning second novel, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the cure. Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. But then she meets enigmatic Alex, who lives under the government’s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?

My Thoughts/Review:

Delirium offers a unique concept in the world of literature. The concept that love is a disease. That it has to be cured in order for people to live. The story starts off a little slow but picks up towards the end with an amazing ending. The story is about a girl named Lena. She is the type of girl that sticks to the rules and never does things out of the ordinary. She is very relatable to a lot of people. Things completely change for her when she meets Alex and she starts to get the disease.
The story is really compelling in a way that you really feel for the characters that live in this world. I really don't see how it is fathomable to not have love. It is really unthinkable to me.

Lauren Oliver's writing style is completely authentic and original. The way she writes this story is so powerful and it really makes an impact on the message this book is carrying. Hana is Lena's best friend and she is the person that introduces Lena into the secret lifestyle where love exists. Hana is really an important catalyst of a sub character that helps propel the book into new territory. I loved how the book picked up a lot in the end and how it has many surprising twists and turns.

The ending was a cliffhanger that makes you want to jump into the next book right away. Love is a powerful emotion and Delirium definitely portrays the importance it possesses. Delirium is a worthwhile book to read. If you have a chance, definitely go pick up a copy and read it. This book goes through so many levels and depths of love. You really experience an awesome story that takes you on a wild ride from being against love to embracing it. Not caring about your life over forsaking love is a powerful thing. I can't wait to read the next book and really love how this book was written. I don't know how this book series will end up and I can't wait to find out. Also this book is supposed to be a movie in 2013 and I really want to see how it gets portrayed.

Overall I give this book...

+ .5

Thought provoking Science Fiction that really delves into the human psyche =]
4.5 out of 5 Stars

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