Saturday, 18 June 2011

Delirium Review

Lauren Oliver

Tag line  "What if love were a disease?"


"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"

Amy's Adumbration's 

One more book that begins with the death of the main characters parents and I will give up reading. At what point did this become some kind of fashion with books. What's wrong with parents who actually live past the first page? Okay now I've got that rant over onto the review.

At first I was considering not reading the rest of the book. It had a lot things that give me the grumps in the first chapter (such as the parents thing). However, I stuck with it because I'd read a lot of good things about Delirium.  Once I got over my initial grumpiness I forgave Lauren Oliver as the book just gets better and better. I was gripped by this world where love is a disease. One issue I did have though was that there were a lot of points vaguely raised in the book about happiness without unhappiness, and no hate without love. The book failed to really delve into these, which I feel would have made it even more wonderful.

I actually fell in love with Alex and the end made me well up a little. Especially when he whispers 'grey' to Lena, it made me grin like a kitty. I would advise a box of tissues if you're predisposed to tears. Also I love the idea of the Wilds, and would have really liked  it if they had spent more time there. Furthermore, I think the relationship between Hana and Lena added so much warmth to the story. Really heart felt story.

I haven't read may dystopian books before, but I always kind of assume that they were supposed to be a commentary on the flaws of our society. Delirium doesn't really do this as i don't think a lack of love is really a problem we face. What do you think? Do you have a different view?

Finally I found Delirium to be a really good read. The plot was well thought out. The world Oliver created was palable, and the characters were warm real. All in all I think Delirium should be added to all TBR piles.

I give Delirium five bags of milky way magic stars



  1. Good review. The concept reminds me kinda of Equilibrium. What a good film that is. Excited to get this back now :P

  2. A little bit yeah heh. Watched that last week or maybe the week before. Time is merging. You should be excited, i picked it up last night thinking i'll see how far i get, then couldn't put it down again. Was torn between an episode of come dine I hadn't seen and this ;p

  3. Delirium is one of those books that keeps popping up in my feed reader. I'm intrigued, but I will wait until I can get my hands on a library copy.

  4. I was lucky enough to borrow it. Will definitely have to get my own copy when i have money.

  5. I read Delirium yesterday and loved it. Normally I hate cliffhangers and tragedies but the end was so beautiful...I don't usually cry when reading no matter what happens, but this book was an exception. Great review!

  6. I really need to get this one! Five bags of stars! it really must be good!

  7. This is a book that has been on my TBR list for a while. Like you, I keep hearing fantastic things about it! Wonderful review.

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  9. I like Delirium's cover. Great review too. It sounds like a worthy read. I will have to check it out.

  10. Call me crazy, but I'm guessing you won't really give up books. ;) But you're right - it is becoming an annoying trend.


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