Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

2011, first in a series, Harper Teen, Lauren Oliver, review, young adult 4 Comments 6th April, 2011

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Source: Bought
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.

4 Responses to “Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver”

  1. Lea

    Same here, I did not know the name of the sequel. I agree, Lauren Oliver’s writing style is absolutely breath-taking– she absolutely makes you want that kind of free life, especially when it’s contrasted with the society Lena lives in.

    I was not ready for that ending at all, I didn’t even see it coming until the last few pages, and after i finished it I was thinking, well there will be a sequel– maybe?? Maybe things turned out differently somehow? However, I think that a part of Lauren’s writing is also not giving the reader the happy ending they are looking for– I’m not sure why, but I am hoping for something incredible in the next book 🙂

  2. Chelsey @ Starry Sky Books

    @ the book girl Thanks, and no problem!

    @ Lea I am hoping for some kind of happy ending, but who knows what will happen. I think it’s supposed to be a trilogy, so there’s plenty of directions she can take this.

  3. Katie

    This book sounds amazing and I loved your review on it! It’s definately on my TBR list. And, by the way, I was contacted a few days ago and recieved the book today. Thanks for all your help(:

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