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Review: “Delirium,” Lauren Oliver

January 20, 2011

I received this book for free from International Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: “Delirium,” Lauren OliverDelirium (Delirium #1)
Written by Lauren Oliver
Published February, 2011 by HarperTeen
440 pages
Provided by: International Book Tours
Genres: Dystopian, Romance
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five-stars

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.

Wow, amazing. I couldn’t put this one down. I was able to devour this one in a single day and still it left me gasping for more. Highly recommended!

First things first (or is it the other way around?) that ending. I wanted to ball up my fists, but I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read this story yet. What I’m glad to read is that there are more in this series. The next will be arriving in 2012. I’ll be eagerly awaiting that, let me tell you. 2011 has just started and already I’m anticipating a 2012 release! Lauren Oliver has really outdone herself with this one.

I haven’t read Before I Fall, as truth be told I was kind of getting sick of the whole ‘life after death’ teen YA theme after reading a few similar novels like Gayle Formans If I Stay. But maybe in the future I’ll have to pick it up as I’ve heard rave reviews and because I enjoyed Delirium this much.

I won’t re-hash the story, you can read the summary for yourself up there, but I will tell you how much I adored each of these characters, especially Hana and Alex. Some scenes I could see coming a mile away, but I wasn’t bogged down reading them when they played out to my expectations. After reading so much YA I am resigned to the fact that I will most probably read some stories that sometimes repeat each other in certain areas. This isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes that familiar formula must be repeated in order to achieve something completely outstanding in other areas. Am I making sense?

Lauren Oliver has constructed (in my opinion, anyway) a brilliant storyline and plot and is able to execute it in a way that is believable and heart-wrenching. I really did not want to see anything bad happen to these characters, and my breath was caught in high-suspense scenes, hoping they’d all make it out alive. My emotions soared and plummetted with the characters, and the desire fusing Alex and Lena together was palpable. That gets a really big thumbs up from me. I read too many YA novels these days that fall short of being believable, especially in the romance department.

I can always pinpoint the moment when our protagonist lays eyes on the guy that will inevitably be her love interes and Delirium is no different, but this time, I had high hopes for the two and Lauren Oliver didn’t disappoint me. Alex has flaws, but he’s lovable and sexy. Lena’s perfect vision of her future is punctured, but she remains loyal to what she really believes in and is willing to fight for it. Hana could easily step back into the shadows and be the reliable ‘best friend’ character, but instead she serves as the major catalyst for change. The story would not have unfolded the way it did without her. She is not useless.

I’ll go on singing my praises for Delirium for quite some time! Hopefully some of you who were on the fence about reading it (I was intrigued about this story, but not as excited as some were until I got the chance through a book tour) will jump down over here and join me on the bright side!

Recommended to: I usually try and narrow this part down but I think the general YA-reader population will fall in love with this novel!

About Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver comes from a family of writers and so has always (mistakenly) believed that spending hours in front of the computer every day, mulling over the difference between “chortling” and “chuckling,” is normal. She has always been an avid reader. She attended the University of Chicago, where she continued to be as impractical as possible by majoring in philosophy and literature. After college, she attended the MFA program at NYU and worked briefly as the world’s worst editorial assistant, and only marginally better assistant editor, at a major publishing house in New York.

5 Comments

  • Reply Jessica Lawlor January 23, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Oh yes! I absolutely adored this book as well. Lauren Oliver creates such an intricate world that I was utterly fascinated by. Def. read BEFORE I FALL when you get the chance; it’s another beautiful piece of work.

    • Reply Brittany January 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you so much for the suggestion – I’m thinking I MUST get around to it one of these days! :D Glad you liked Delirium so much, too!!!

  • Reply Cialina January 22, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Yes, I’m also coming to that point where books are getting predictable, especially YA. But if it’s written beautifully but more importantly, depending on the genre, then it’s okay. Predictability in a romance is ok but as for dystopian, mystery, science fiction, not so much.

    So far so good… I have yet to read a bad review for this one. I hope it lives up to my expectations! Counting down the days til I can get a copy….

    • Reply Brittany January 22, 2011 at 12:25 pm

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one out there. I really hope you get yourself a copy soon and are able to enjoy it as much as I did!

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