Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Released Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: Hardcover (441 pages)
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Delirium #1
Author Website: http://www.laurenoliverbooks.com/
Overall Rating: (4 out of 5 stars)
Description: 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.
"I love you. Remember. They cannot take it."
"You can't be happy unless you're unhappy sometimes."
"I'd rather die my way than live yours."
"The most dangerous sicknesses are those that make us believe we are well.
- Proverb 42, The Book of Shhh"
My Musings: I have to admit that I really enjoyed this book. Ever since The Hunger Games has been released, there seems to be an influx of dystopian romances being released. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about the book (cuz nothing beats The Hunger Games), but I was willing to try this out. I was not disappointed.
Who would have ever thought that LOVE can be a disease you can cure with a procedure?? Apparently, in this book it can. The characters are really easy going and easy to love. Alex, the love interest, is very adorable, and the best friend Hanna kind of reminds me of my outgoing personality. It was easy for me to feel sorry for Lena, who has struggled so much in this crazy judgemental society. She is almost an outcast in a way to the rest of the town. It is through her relationships with Alex and Hanna that truly keep you going.
The only reason I gave this book a 4/5 stars was because of Lena. There were several moments in the story where I just wanted to strangle her. She kept saying she was too scared to do a particular thing, and the next scene she goes ahead and does it. Just make up your mind. Its ok to be scared but gets some courage and do something about it.
Overall, I am really happy with the story. The writing styles is smooth, and the ending left you wanting more. I love cliffhangers!!!
Cover Art: This an amazing cover. First of all, it is in my favorite color: TEAL!!! If you have the hardcover addition, when you remove the flap, you can see the full view of the girl's face on the otherside. The picture is gorgeous.