Saturday, November 3, 2012

[Review] Deliruim by Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver
[Delirium #1]
YA Dystopian
Published February 1st 2011 (HarperTeen)
Pages: 480
Source: Library
Rating: 4 of 5

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.

 I picked up this book not really knowing what to think. The back of the book didn't help. All of the swirly letters and lovey-dovey stuff made me worry that the book would be cheesy. Yet, with all the hype and the dsytopian thing going for it, I couldn't resist.

The plot was fun. I liked how it slowly built up from slow to fast. Lena's conflicting emotions are spot on. The one thing I didn't like was how she seemed too excepting to Alex, but I guess that it would be difficult not be curious about something you've never known.
Then, there is Alex. Alex is a perfect guy. Maybe too perfect. I think that he could have used a flaw or two.
Lauren Oliver has a way of balancing her descriptions of the world with story. I like that. I hate reading a book that has little detail. Details are important.

Overall, I loved Delirium! It left something to ponder. I would definitely recommend this book, but not to everyone.

Final Rating:
4 of 5