Monday, January 24, 2011

Delirium by Lauren Oliver [Review]

Title: Delirium
Series: Delirium, #1
Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: Feb. 1, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN10: 0061726826
ISBN13: 9780061726828
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: A Chick Who Reads

4 out of 5 Robots!

Book Blurb: 
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 demand that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she would 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.

Delirium is going to be one of those books that inspires a wide range of emotions. People are going to feel passionate about it whether they love or hate it. However, unlike some other books that are part of a series, the one thing that everyone will say about Oliver’s Delirium, is that it is beautifully written.

It’s doesn’t quite fit the bill of the typical young adult novel that touches on romance, but then again, the USA that Lena Holoway lives in doesn’t have romance. Love is gone and so is anything that hints of love. It makes life pretty dull. It also makes for a slow start to the book.

In fact, for a lot of readers, the start to Delirium may just be too slow, but if you let the story progress, you’ll see that there’s no other way this book could start out. The society Lena, Alex and Hana live in just couldn’t permit an instant love affair, and that’s what makes the story so gripping.

Lena is the good girl, though from the very start, you get overtures that she may not be as thrilled about getting “the cure” as she seems to be. It is Hana that you expect to get into trouble, and she almost does many times.

Lauren gives her readers beautiful character development. You understand the why's of almost every action. You also like most of the characters because of this, though trust me you will love many of them. Alex above all else is a hero that you have to love, especially when he reads Lena poetry, something that is forbidden.

Lauren illustrates the change from a girl always doing what is right and what is expected, to a girl thinking for herself.

I usually don’t jump on many bandwagons for series, but I’m on board for this one, especially after the “OMG did this really happen” ending.  Book 2 can’t come soon enough!

Purchase your copy at Amazon!


  1. I loved this one! I read it at the same time as Matched by Ally Condie and preferred Delirium hands down. I loved Lauren Oliver's other book as well so it could just be her writing style is what appeals to me. I can't wait for book 2!

  2. I'm so glad you liked this one! I read Matched and liked it... still need to review it. Now you have me looking for Lauren Oliver's other book :)



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