Sunday, February 6, 2011

Delirium- Lauren Oliver

Note: I read this as part of Dystopian February


"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."

Review: When I first heard of this book, it sounded to me like a cross between Matched by Ally Condie, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and the Uglies Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld, three of my all time favorite dystopian novels. Obviously that meant I had to have it the day it was released.

When the book begins, Lena is a strict rule follower. She's afraid, terrified even, of what would happen if she listens to forbidden music, breaks curfew, or even of talking to an uncured boy. Her best friend Hana is less concerned with all this, and she's really the one, along with a boy named Alex, who becomes the main love interest in the story, who draws Lena into an unknown rebellious world.

I really loved a lot of things about this story. I thought that Lauren Oliver was great at descriptions. Her choice of adjectives or the way she'd portray a moment in the story really appealed to me. I also loved how every chapter began with a quote from books in Lena's life, about love and the cure and various other things.

My only complaint about the story is that Alex and Lena's romance seemed to go from almost nothing, with Lena still afraid of everything really, to an instantaneous connection after an event in the story. Although that didn't even feel as rushed as I might be making it seem.

I absolutely adored this book and cannot wait for books 2 and 3, Pandemonium and Requiem, which are to be released in February of 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Rating: A

Other Recommended Books:
Matched by Ally Condie
Uglies Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld
The Giver by Lois Lowry


  1. I can't wait to read this book.

    Amazing review. I am following your lovely blog to read more of your reviews...

    P.S. I can never live without love; love makes me perfect and I can never gave up that.

  2. I'm glad you liked the review. I'm sure you'll love the book even more!

  3. this book sounds brilliant!!! definitely need to read it once i finish Looking for Alibrandi, which is pretty great so far.

    and i find myself wondering about these quotes just like the lists from Matched. you make it apparent these aren't real life quotes, but did oliver derive these from real quotes?? make them up as she had the rest of the story?? hmm

  4. The lists from Matched are based on real books, songs, art work etc and that is apparent since they give quotes from real poems. Basically in Matched the quotes are things from a rewritten version of say the Bible which incorporates love as a sickness into it. That was actually one of the most fascinating parts of the book I thought.

  5. I learned all sorts of new things in this review AND the comments! Yeah for book bloggers! :) I am on the waiting list for Delirium through my library and can't wait for it to arrive!

  6. So the "books in Lena's life" are real books, it's settled then! I will request this as soon as I finish Looking for Alibrandi. What are the quotes taken from? any relation to them, or just almost anything??

  7. Oh no sorry I didn't mean to confuse you on that Alex. The books in Lena's life aren't real books although there are a lot of things based on the Bible and turned around to match the purposes of the story which is interesting. I meant to say that in Matched, the 100 songs and the 100 poems and all of that are real songs and poems.

  8. oh, it's ok. i think i got confused too, haven't fully committed to memory the names, and for that i apologize. but that sounds wicked cool!! just changing, like a few words so that it fits in with Delirium's mythology?? so freakin cool!! so i'll request Matched THEN Delirium. got it

  9. Okay, another book to add to my already too long list of books to read! haha