Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver
Hardcover 488 pages
February 1, 2011
HarperTeen

"And now I know why they invented words for love, why they had to: It's the only thing that can come close to describing what I feel in that moment, the baffling mixture of pain and pleasure and fear and joy, all running sharply through me at once."

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

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Lauren Oliver is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. With her beautifully written words and her unique stories, Oliver has captivated the young adult audience.

Delirium was by far my favorite book this year. It has all the components of a great read, Interesting and loveable characters, a one of a kind plot, and a fast pace story that had me flipping through the pages as fast as possible.

Lena is one of those characters that I easily liked. She is just your average girl and there is something very humbling about her. She has had a rough past but that doesn't get her down. She is pretty content in her life and looks forward to the day when she no longer has to worry about the disease called love. Lena just wants the procedure, she wants the normal life that comes with it and she wants to be safe. But when Lena meets Alex everything changes.

Alex is different. He has his eyes on Lena and now she knows it. As Lena and Alex grow closer, Lena begins to realize that Alex is not at all who she thought he was. Once Lena comes to terms with who Alex is she must come to terms with her own reality. Everything she has ever known is about to change and Lena must make the choice, to love or not to love.

I think what made this book so wonderful for me what the way Oliver writes her stories... Her words practically flow off the pages and make you feel like you are right in the story. She has a way of making the smallest of details a crucial part of the story.

I had a hard time letting Delirium go. I wanted to continue reading the beautiful story Oliver has written. I have to say that the ending was a big shocker to me and I felt a bit disappointed that I will have to wait so long for the story to continue. An ending such as that of Delirium is hard to digest and I will literally be counting down the days until Pandemonium hits shelves February 2012.

Delirium was an enchanting story of love and the hardships we go through to keep it. Beautiful written I give Delirium 5+ hoots. I don't often give them out, but this story will be one I will reread over again and think of often. Luren Oliver is a talented author and I urge you to pick up any of her books.

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