Review: Delirium

Lauren Oliver

Hardcover, 480 Pages

HarperTeen

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From Goodreads:

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 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.

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Read: May 15, 2012

This book definitely lived up to all the positive reviews! I read this book long into the night, consuming each delicious word after the next!

I found Lena a little difficult to bond with initially, she was very unlike the kinds of character I tend to really enjoy, but after some time I grew to appreciate her perspective. I think because Lena was so different from others characters I am used to reading I was able to look at her more objectively. Lena was scared, scarred by her past and terrified of doing anything that was not “safe.” Once she started to open up, started to question things, started to grow a backbone; Lena transformed.

Hana and Alex I thought were good secondary characters, even Aunt Carol helped give a good balance to this novel. I cried a little for Grace and the Richardson’s dog. Any author than can move me to tears is doing something right.

I’m still contemplating the second novel in the trilogy. I was eager to read Pandemonium, but the reviews are holding me back. I think I will wait a little, read some of the other books on my shelf, and then decide.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

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