Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Review: Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver

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.

Description taken from Goodreads 

My Review 
I just want to let everyone know that this is a reread for me.  But keep in mind that I first read this when it originally came out which was like 3 or 4 years ago.

I find that there’s something so beautiful and morbid about Delirium.  People being so intimidated by something so simple as love.  Going through something so horrid, completely losing yourself just so you don’t have to feel.  But it’s so wonderful to read about someone realizing that it’s worth it.  Loving someone.  And not just in a romantic way but friendships and family as well. 

Lena is our main character and I felt like I could relate to her so well.  An average girl just trying to make it in life.  Living day to day, just waiting for a big moment to change her life forever.

Alex is Lena’s love interest and I have to say, I really loved him.  He’s so adventurous and carefree but very protective of Lena as well.  I feel like he’s the kind of guy that would be friends with anyone and everyone.  Always talking to somebody or making that loner feel like a part of the group.  But, I’m sorry, if I had to read one more time about how his hair was like ‘a crown of autumn leaves’ then I was going to chuck the book out my window.

The whole story was a tad unbelievable, but that’s kind of what you get when you read a dystopian.  A bit unbelievable with an inkling of truth to it.  Can I see this happening right now?  People freaking out over love and labeling it as a disease?  Not really.  At least not to this extreme.  Could it ever happen way off in the future?   I don’t know.  But that’s what’s so great about fiction, it doesn't have to be completely believable, just entertaining.  And Delirium was just that, entertaining.

Now, of course, Oliver leaves us on a cliffhanger.  I mean if you didn’t see one coming at all then you must be completely blind.  It was just surprising as to what actually happened and then trying to figure out how Oliver is going to handle it in Pandemonium.  Really can’t wait to read that next!

I would say if you’re a fan of dystopians, especially Divergent, then definitely check out Delirium!

Inside                                 Outside

               Characters         4/5                    Cover 4/5

               Plot                 3.75/5

               Feels                4.5/5

              Writing            3.75/5

              Overall               4/5

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