Monday, 19 September 2011

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Title: Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver 
Release Date: August 4th 2011
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Series: Delirium
Pages: 393
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★★

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

My thoughts: I have to start by saying that Delirium is such a fantastic book. I finished it today with a gasp and thoroughly enjoyed the ride. This is the first Lauren Oliver book I've read and though I knew I was going to enjoy it, I wasn't quite sure by how much. Delirium is written in first-person narration which I personally favour and Lauren Oliver has such a lovely style of writing. Within the first few pages I felt like I had known Lena for years, and though she lives in such a distorted world I could picture it perfectly. Within her society love is not only frowned upon but is seen as a disease which can be cured with a simple operation, generally given to every citizen at the age of 18. Upon the surface Lena seems to be quite a mild character. Someone who lives by the rules and never causes trouble, until she meets Alex who changes everything. I felt completely wrapped up in this world throughout the book, I felt like I was Lena and was living life through her eyes. Oh how I love a book that can do this to me. 
I recommend this book to anyone, especially those of you who love dystopia novels, which I do. It is well deserving of 5 stars, and I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in this series.

Katie

2 comments:

  1. I have been dying to read this book, but I'm trying to follow some sort of order of how they were added, because I feel bad for the ones that keep getting skipped, but I may have to make an exception and move this one up the list. There is a sequel coming out soon, right?

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  2. I blooming well hope that the sequel is coming out soon. I'm dying to know what happens next.
    I've just checked and the hardback version will be released in March 2012... too far away for my liking but I guess it will build up the suspense. Plus it will give me an opportunity to catch up on my skipped books. x

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