Sunday, February 6, 2011

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA Dystopian

The Story: (from Goodreads) 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 Review: When Lena's story begins, you know that she's devoted to the cure. She wants nothing more than to avoid the delirium that comes with falling in love. Deliria Nervosa is nothing to laugh at. It's victims lose their minds, make decisions that are unsafe and continually put their own lives in danger. Lena's own family is tainted with those who have succumbed to the disease and she's counting down the days until she will no longer have to worry. 

Lauren Oliver does an impeccable job of sucking you into this world where love is not only forbidden but the worst thing that can happen to a person. There are handbooks and rules to follow. The Book of Shhh clearly outlines the symptoms of Deliria Nervosa so that you can be prepared if you or someone you know is in danger. The world Lena lives in is carefully protected and it's obvious that anyone who tries to escape the regulators will not make it far. 

When Lena's best friend, Hana, reveals that there is an underground world of people who are defying the Book of Shhh and the regulators, Lena only knows that she must stop Hana. She can't let her best friend get caught when the end of their worries of catching Deliria is so near. But when Lena tries to stop Hana, she meets Alex and her whole world is turned upside down. 

There just aren't enough words to describe how much I loved this book. I loved every aspect of it - the lovable, real characters; the incredibly poignant plot; Lena's heartbreaking family history; Alex - honestly, everything. For Delirium, I wish I could give this book MORE than our highest rating. It was that good. Loved, loved, loved this book! If I could give this six or seven or even ten stars I would. Pick this book up today, if you haven't already!


To learn more about Lauren Oliver and her incredible books check out the links below: 

Lauren Oliver's Official WEBSITE
Lauren Oliver's BLOG
Lauren Oliver's TWITTER

And you can buy Delirium from Amazon & Indie Bound: 
 

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Delirium by Lauren Oliver

4 comments:

  1. Words cannot describe how I feel about this book. HONESTLY. I agree with Cindy. I give this book 200,000 books. I have read A LOT of books in my life & this is def in my top 3. The world that Lauren Oliver created sucks you within the first couple pages & keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next. If you have not read this book, PLEASE do so. I am reading Lauren's book 'Before I Fall" now & I have to FORCE myself to put it down to feed my kids, do housework, online stuff...etc. Seriously. Lauren is a MASTER story teller.

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  2. Wow. 10 stars. :) This book has been getting a lot of great reviews!

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  3. OH I can not wait!!! Your review is sooo good!

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  4. Delirium is an absolutely amazing book. I'm so stinking happy that it is a series because I want MORE! So glad you enjoyed :)

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