Friday, February 4, 2011

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Author:Lauren Oliver
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: Harper Teen
Delirium Book #1
ISBN:   0061726826
ISBN13: 9780061726828
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Review Copy Source: Shelf Awareness

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.

I hate having to admit that I kinda had a hard time connecting to DELIRIUM at first, I found myself getting distracted by other things and putting the book down a lot. However in saying that Delirium is very beautifully written and grew on me as the story went on.  The main character Lena starts off like everyone else, following rules, wanting to be "cured" of the disease of Amor Deliria Nervosa (aka Love) only to fall and love. The connection between Lena and Alex comes off heartfelt and strong. The characters grow on you and you find yourself wanting to know more about them. The ending ends on a bit of a cliffhanger but not so big of one that your left wanting a true ending. Delirium is the first novel in a trilogy and I cant wait to see what happens next in PANDEMONIUM.

I gave it 4/5 stars

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