Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Review: Delirium - Lauren Oliver

Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium (#1)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Pages: 441
Read in: 3 days


Overview: 
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 government 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.

D, A, & P's Review:

Ever get that feeling, when you finish a book; and you don't know what to do with yourself? So you're just like, "What next?" Then you google '(Insert book's name) sequel'. Well, that's how we felt about our latest read, "Delirium!"

We were sitting by the fireplace, when we turned the last page. I think it's safe to say we spent about 30 minutes, guessing what would happen in the sequel. Assuming that there is one, -- "Pandemonium" right? Well anyways, "Delirium" was an exciting, and thought-provoking love story, that took us by surprise.

In "Delirium," the protagonists are Lena and Alex. Both Lena, and Alex are madly in love ... oops! Did I forget to mention that love is forbidden? In this twisted society, "love" is looked upon as an outbreak, and a disease that must "cured." Lucky for Lena, she is due to recieve The Cure, in just a few weeks. Until the unexplainable happens -- Lena falls in love! Now Lena must decide, if she's ready to leave everything she knew as "normal," for the one thing she was warned to stay away from, "love."

This heart-breaking story, shows the struggles Lena and Alex go through in order to stay together. Lena's internal struggles involve deciding between"right," and love. However, her view of love is slightly tainted, due to her mother's absence in her, and her sister's life.

We absolutely loved the creativity Oliver uses with the quotes, poems, and short stories from different book sources. She does an excellent job encoding these sources, to have an underlying meaning towards the overall theme: forbidden "love." We weren't able to recognize all of the quotes, but we noticed some Shakespeare, here an there (;

Lauren Oliver does an outstanding job, writing "Delirium". We actually took our time with this novel, only because it was a lot to take in. The beginning of the story, was pretty slow; but it picked up after a few 100-and-something pages. "Delirium" became so intense that, after each chapter, we would try to foresee the upcoming events. For a while we argued over this book, but I think we can agree on one thing -- Delirium was worth the wait, and we're hoping that "Pandemonium" is as well!

Favorite Quote: "I love you. Remember. they cannot take it."

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4 comments:

  1. I was reluctant to read this, but I think you have sold me on it. Thanks for the review.
    Gwynneth
    http://todayinshenaya.blogspot.com

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  2. You're welcome. It was a slow read, at first, but we can assure you, you will not regret this read. There's actually a sequel, "Pandemonium," but we haven't gotten to that one yet.

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  3. I adore dreamy writing!! This one is definitely dreamy and poetic at times. It's a difficult premise but Lauren Oliver made it work!!! Loved it! Will be reviewing this very soon!

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  4. I want to read this so badly and your review is awesome!! :) UGH There are just so many good books to get through....

    Christine
    www.rainydayreads.com

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