Book: Delirium, #1 of 3
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher and Publication Date: Harper Collins, 02/07/12
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction, Dystopian
My Review in a Nutshell:
Lauren Oliver took the typical dystopian world and gave it a facelift. Delirium stands out from other Sci-Fi/Dysto novels with a new, unique plot-line, and intriguing world. Although slow paced in the beginning, Delirium picks up steam halfway through, even some romantic steam!
What’s It All About?
Love has been ruled illegal, and scientist have developed a cure that will eliminate your capability to feel compassion, empathy, and love. You do not have an option whether you would like to receive the cure; on your eighteenth birthday the government will force it upon you regardless of what you desire. Lena Holoway welcomes the cure, she believes it is the only way to remove the pain of her past. With ninety-five days left until her birthday, Lena falls in love with a boy. Now, she must choose, love or her safety from the government.
I came for the world, but I stayed for the romance. I craved to know more of the logistics- how does a world operate without love? How do you find a husband/wife? Procreation? Yak. I personally like feeling emotions toward my husband, otherwise, sex would be hella awkward. Lauren Oliver does an expert job explaining the governments’ “full proof plan” to manage this strange society, through Lena’s perspective. Lena is a solid character to read, she is content in conforming to a life without love, until she meets the mysterious boy who shakes up her world, causing her to question everything the government has taught her. THIS is when Lena’s personality truly blossoms, turning her into a five star character. I can always bank on a little l-o-v-e to brighten a characters’ persona.
After suggesting Delirium to a select few, I learned that you either love it or hate it. You must be intrigued with the informational overload in the beginning, which I obviously was, as well as be patient for the true story to unfold. Honestly, Delirium is a “thinker book”, it will make you think about life, love, and teach you a plethora of lessons about the two. A beautiful read, indubitably.
My Favorite Quotes:
“I said that without love, there could also be no hate, no violence. Hate isn’t the most dangerous thing, he said. Indifference is.”