Thursday 3 February 2011

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

For Review: Hodder & Stoughton.  Published 3 February 2011
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 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.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver was one of my favourite reads of 2010.  It was one of those books that I had high expectations for and it still managed to exceed them.  Delirium was exactly the same!  I absolutely loved it!

Lauren Oliver has such a beautiful writing style.  She managed to have me completely invested in the characters and story.  I adored Lena, and it is through her that the story is told as a first person narrative, which works brilliantly.  To start with Lena is convinced that the cure will be her salvation and she counts the days - waiting for the time when she will be safe.  Her friend Hana seems less convinced and it is during one of their runs together that Lena meets Alex.  Slowly the two develop a friendship which blossoms into more - and as their relationship progresses so do the cracks in Lena's wholehearted belief that the cure will save her.  Instead everything she has believed in - everything she was told - slowly unravels until there is only one truth left...

The relationship between Alex and Lena was lovely!  I loved that he was the one to see her first and how honest he was with her.  It felt sweet and gentle as opposed to the really intense romances we often get in Young Adult Fiction.  I also enjoyed how her friendship with Hana went through many changes throughout the story, and I loved Gracie! 

I don't know how to sum up how much I loved this book!  I loved how it was written, and although the pace at the beginning of the story may be too slow for some readers, I found it gave the story a gentle intensity.  It felt as if I were there with Lena every time she discovered something new to shatter what she had always been told.  You could feel her fear underneath her wonder - was she sick? Would she die?  How could how she felt be wrong?  There was just something so sinister and creepy about the idea that people could believe so strongly that what they were being forced to do was the right thing!  That a world without love, without desire could ever be a better alternative.

The ending of this makes Pandemonium an absolute must read!  It completely blew me away!  If I could have read Pandemonium the minute I had finished Delirium I would!  I really, really loved it!


Miss Page-Turner said...

You use the word "love" way too often to be an obeying citizen of Delirium's society;):D No, seriously I love your review!Delirium immediately became one of my all time fave books. I like that you name Lena's and Alex' love sweet and gentle, haven't thought of that before, but it's definitely true:)

You can find my review here, if you like to read it.

serendipity_viv said...

I am beginning to feel like I am the only person who hasn't read this incredible book!

Debbie's World of Books said...

I totally agree about both Delirium and Before I Fall. I loved both books. I posted my review today. I know a lot of people who loved Matched didn't seem to care for Delirium but I thought it was much better.


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