Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Rating: 4/5 stars – Really really liked it.
Challenge: 350+ page challenge
Cover comments: I had been hoping this wouldn’t be the final cover when I saw it on ARCs other bloggers had received. I like it more now than I did at the beginning, but I’m still not super crazy about it.
Summary from Good Reads:
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.
My thoughts on Delirium:
I started this and actually had a hard time progressing at first. I felt distanced from the characters, I couldn’t connect to them. Even though Lena and her friend Hana aren’t cured yet, with Lena it almost seems like she already is. But once she meets Alex, she wakes up. And shortly thereafter, nearly a third of the way through, it was like the story woke up from a deep slumber.
Once Lena learned the truth about who Alex is and where he came from, she becomes more alive than she’d been for the first part of the book. And it’s from here on out that I was gripped by the journey these characters go on. Throughout their romance, Lena learns some shocking and hard truths from Alex, one that hits especially close to home for her near the end. She comes upon a turning point in her life, where she has to make a decision, and there’s no going back. And hearing Alex talk about the Wilds, the way the author wrote that made me see it in my mind so well that I actually wanted to live that life. I love it when authors can make me want what I’m reading about.
Hana was an awesome friend for Lena to have. First, pushing Lena to try to actually live, which brings about the situation where Lena and Alex meet. And then always covering for Lena when she spends her days with Alex. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of her in the next installment.
The ending blew me away. The only thing I can say about it is that I hope my worst fears will not be realized in the sequel, Pandemonium.