Monday, June 3, 2013

Book Review: Delirium

Release Date: February 3, 2011
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperTeen
Length: 441 pages

They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever.

And I've always believed them.

Until now.

Now everything has changed.

Now, I'd rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.


Protagonist: When this book begins, Lena isn't what I would call "main character material." While she does blossom into a stronger character, she starts off denying that she isn't affected by the "disease" called amor deliria nervosa or, love, and she swears by the governments regulations to keep love away. While I've seen the compliant narrator who followed the government's rule before, the narrator usually recognizes the fractures in their convictions and adapts. I had thought Lena's convictions would start to crumble as soon as she was exposed to her government's lies, she holds strong to her blind faith for a good portion of the book before acknowledging that love may not be the worst thing imaginable.

Romance: I loved the romance of this story. There was something about Alex and Lena the really worked, a true chemistry on the page that isn't always seen in many YA novels. The author knew her characters well enough and crafted them just right so that they worked together perfectly and had an unbelievable draw to them and you can't help but love their love story. Lena and Alex are very different, but they forge common beliefs and goals as they get to know each other and have a real opposites attract romance, but without the constant bickering or arguing full of romantic tension.

World-Building: While I love the world-building in most dystopian tales, due to how real they could potentially become, this one is probably the most shocking of all. A government that has identified love as a sickness and has created a "cure," in an attempt to rid the world of heart break and depression that is associated with the loss of love. It's something that some days would sound appealing, but in reality, the thing they are taking away isn't necessarily love, it's most emotions, which is evident very early on in the book, which is something very scary indeed.

Predictability: I was shocked by many moments of this book and loved every minute of it. While I sometimes hate when a book is too unpredictable, this one had a great balance to it. While it's full of many shocking secrets and revelations it's presented in a way that doesn't make it seem to random or weird, but instead like a natural progression that the reader just happened no to notice. There were a couple of predictable moments but those weren't really large or important instances and were there to mainly back up the foreshadowing.

Ending: The ending took my breath away, and if I didn't know that this was the first book in a series I might have thought that this could be a standalone. It ends at a moment that could be be the end or the beginning of the end, and with only a few questions left unanswered it would have been hard to tell which. Luckily, there are two more books in this series and I can't wait to read them.


This book was amazing, but I was kind of upset with Lean a few times in this book, and not for the reason's I specified above. Her beliefs get muddled in the book and some of her more rational convictions get turned upside down which frustrated me a bit. Despite that though, this book was AMAZING, and I cannot wait to continue this series

P.S. First off, sorry I've not been reviewing lately, between preparing for finals and going to New York for Book Expo America I've been a bit preoccupied, however I'm back and better than ever and I'll be posting something everyday during this week so come back and stay tuned.


1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed this book, but I liked the second one better. I love Oliver's writing, tho. I will read anything she writes for sure! Awesome review!