Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Review - Delirium

Title - Delirium
Author - Lauren Oliver
Series - Delirium #1
Genre - YA Dystopian
Format - Ebook Kindle
Published - February 7th 2012
Publisher - Harper Collins


Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.

I picked up Delirium for my reading challenge this week. Lena lives in a world that fears love, where on their 18th birthday they get cured. Lena has just started her evaluation which isn't going very well when it’s interrupted by a herd of cattle. The evaluation is important it will pair Lena with her future husband and set the path for the rest of her life. The higher the score the better the life; however it’s a life without emotions after she’s cured.

It’s while running with her best friend Hana does she meet the boy who was looking down on her when the cattle entered her evaluation room. He invites Lena to meet with him later before curfew, which is conflicting because boys and girls don’t interact until they are paired. While Lena is worried about breaking the rules her best friend Hana is all about doing what she wants. When Lena tags along with Hana to an illegal party she sees the boy from the lab Alex. Lena learns that Alex has been admiring her from afar; the two embark on a forbidden romance that will challenge everything Lena has known. Will Lena get the cure or will she risk it all for love?

At first I wasn’t sure about Lena she’s a good girl who follows the rules while her best friend is all about living and being herself. I found Hana interesting, but the more the book progressed I started to like Lena. I was sold on Lena when she started sneaking away to spend time with Alex it’s a unique twist on the Romeo and Juliet concept if you think about it. Forbidden love in a world where love is forbidden. As the book progresses Lena breaks out of her shell into an interesting character plus she has Alex you can’t help liking right from the start.

I admit the concept sounds interesting, a world without love that’s a first for me. A unique modern twist of Romeo & Juliet meets dystopian society. I love the story takes place in Portland because I've been there so I can really imagine what Lena’s world looks likes. The characters are interesting easy to connect with, but Lena is a little slow getting started, because I liked her more after she started meeting Alex. I love how sweet the romance is between Lena and Alex their story is beautifully done. Delirium is a captivating story it instantly sucked me right in I had to know what was going to happen next and what Lena would do when it came time to be cured. The book is well written it flows along smoothly, with interesting detailed facts that the author has researched and added to the book. I enjoyed the book, found the characters intriguing and I’m looking forward to the next one. This is my first book my Lauren Oliver but I found her writing style one that teens as well as adults will enjoy. 
4 out of 5 stars


  1. I loved the first two books in the series, but didn't like the final book. It didn't tie up everything like I had hoped. Great review!

  2. I enjoyed the first book, but Pandemonium fell flat for me - enough that I didn't even want to read the last book. Delirium was really well-written though!

    - Kritika @ Snowfakes and Spider Silk

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    PS: Great review, makes me want to read more. :)