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Delirium by Lauren Oliver

February 3rd, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Borrowed from a friend

Publication date: February 1, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Description from Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that one 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 Holway 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.

It’s interesting that a book in which I could have predicted almost every turn of the story was still an amazing read.  I am a huge fan of Lauren Oliver’s writing and this book was a great follow up to her previous book, Before I Fall.  The premise of the story is a refreshing take on the dystopia genre.  I’ve read other stories that compare love to a disease based on how it can make people feel and behave but I would have never imagined a world in which people would try to “cure” this affliction.

Can you imagine living in a world in which people above the age of 18 couldn’t love anyone else.   Couples are paired up based on factors other than love.  This state does leave me with one question that while it is sort of addressed I still did not find the explanation plausible is why do families still exist?  It seems to make more sense that couples would have children that would be raised in some sort of separate community instead of with their parents.  It’s hard to imagine people who are incapable of love raising children.  They make mention about how very few people did kill their children because of emotional detachment but really as a parent I can’t imagine putting up with infants, toddlers, teens, etc without love giving you patience to get through the hard times.

Other than that I liked both Lena and Alex.  Lena wasn’t perfect but that made her all the more relatable and the supporting characters of her best friend, Hana, her young cousins and her older sister Rachel all provided a nice foil of how living in this type of world can affect people in different ways.  Then ending will leave you with your jaw dropping wanting to know what happens to Lena and Alex and frantically checking when the next book comes out.   This is another amazing story from Lauren Oliver.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Dystopia, Young Adult

10 Responses

  1. Helen Murdoch

    I have this sitting on my computer (from Netgalley) to read, but I keep not having time to just sit at the computer :-) I am really looking forward to reading Delirium!

  2. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    Oh I’m about a third of the way through this and enjoying it a lot! i’ts sort of like a new, most lusty version of the giver. :O)

  3. Lisa

    I’ve heard such good things about this book. I can’t wait to read it. I liked her first book so much and I hope this one is even better.

  4. dsuzuki

    Helen-I hope you enjoy it!
    Pam-lol. What a coincidence! I’m listening to The Giver right now for the first time.
    Lisa-I loved her first book.

  5. melissa @ 1lbr

    I was a little put off by the premise at first as well. I mean, how can a society even function like that? Especially since there are still “families.” I love how she showed just what some of those families are like – the lack of feeling. Great review! So timely, since I just posted my review of it (comparing parts of it with Uglies, another fabulous dystopian read).

  6. Michelle

    This one was fantastic! I still have to write my review but I read it immediately after I got a copy at BEA in May. I couldn’t wait and wasn’t disappointed.

  7. Kailana

    I am starting to see this book around and it looks rather interesting… I will have to see if the library has a copy!

  8. dsuzuki

    I hope so. Lauren Oliver is such an amazing writer.

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