Published: February 1st 2011
Page Count: Hardback, 441
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction
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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.A part of me is attracted to dystopians, but the other part of me is horribly afraid of them. Paranormals frighten me sometimes, but I'm 99.9% sure that vampires, werewolves and other supernatural baddies are not lurking in the shadows of the night waiting for a chance to jump out and do evil things to me, so it doesn't hit me too close. But controlling and strict governments? That's a possibility and it freaks me the hell out. And the version of the United States that the main character Lena lives in is seriously effed up.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love. - Good Reads
I started writing this review earlier today, got busy and took off for a while and now here I am again writing and I'm still thinking fondly of it. Lena started out as a very frustrating character. I totally understand her reasoning, especially in retrospect, but there were times where I wanted to reach in and strangle some sense to her. Her agreeable stance was mind boggling. Of course, when you grow up a certain way it is hard to come to grips with a different reality or accept change. Especially change that big.
I think what I found especially interesting about Delirium was the religious aspects, the way Lauren Oliver depicted Christianity being twisted into something that helps control or influence the population. It's something that has happened in the past and I found it interesting how that tied in. It wasn't a huge part of the story, just a little thing I noticed - so the book is by no means religious, but it made total sense.
I really loved the development and romance between Lena and Alex. It wasn't love at first sight and I felt it developed at a good rate - I even thought at one point, "dude, are they gonna hook up or whaaaat?" And I loved Lena's best friend Hana. In the beginning she's really the only breath of fresh air because Lena is such a stick in the mud and so focused on getting rid of the disease of love.
Overall I really, really liked this book. It had a really good and imaginative story, the characters were done very well, and it made me think and consider a lot. Well done, Lauren Oliver!
P.S. THERE IS AN EPIC CLIFFHANGER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK. If those bother you, which it did me a little (not exactly in a horrible way, but I'm just very eager to read the next book) you might want to wait a little to read it closer to the next books release date!
5 out of 5 Hello Kitties!