Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Hardcover, 441 pages

Released: February 1st 2011

Publisher: HarperTeen

ISBN: 9780061726828
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 Rating: 4.5 / 5

My Thoughts:

According to new findings, love is a disease. Therefore at age 18, everyone is cured of Amor Deliria Nervosa. People are led to believe that life is better without desire, that it only causes physical and emotional pain...even death. Your job and marriage partner are determined (well you do have a few names to pick from) via testing, and post-surgery your older memories are lost so there is no regret or feelings of loss. The government knows what's best for you and society. Lauren begins each chapter begins with a quote, many from The Book of Shhh (Saftely, Health and Happiness Handbook) brilliantly showing just how easy it is to manipulate people to make them see things a certain way. My favorite was the listing of the symptoms in chapter ten because phase one and two do exist!

The main character, Lena, is nearing her 18th birthday & looking forward to the surgery - especially since her mother succumbed to the effects of the disease when she was younger. She witnessed the suffering her mom felt, her longing for the husband she had lost. But during Lena's big testing, something happens that changes everything. A distraction takes place that stops the testing & she sees a boy. Soon after, Lena becomes aware that her best friend, Hana, is listening to underground music and attending night parties past curfew. Then Lena meets the boy again....and her eyes are opened to the beauty feelings and emotions! The juxtaposition between the controlled city and the lush land beyond the boundary are evidence to the reader (and Lena) that control depletes so much from the world.

Delirium was a slower start that ramped up quickly. I read in spurts on the way into work, at night, whenever I have some time to myself. As such, I try to finish off at the end of a chapter. When reading Delirium, I would get to the end of the chapter & jump right into the next, it was that addicting! As Lena and the boy fall for each other & her surgery days away, the reader can't help but feel empathy. You are drawn right into her world, feeling her emotional rollercoaster. These feelings are wrong, could kill her...or are they? The ending, my goodness, is an ending that will blow you away. This is book one of a trilogy so I expected a cliffhanger but wow. It was satisfying and pulls at your emotional strings, my heart was racing. I can't wait to sink my teeth into book two!

How far would you go if you fell in love when you aren't allowed to?

Come back to the blog tomorrow for an interview with Lauren Oliver!


  1. I need to get to this book! Great review.

  2. I'm in the middle of it, and can't wait to finish it. Such a great story. Thanks for the review.

  3. I'm in the middle of it, and can't wait to finish it. Such a great story. Thanks for the review.

  4. I'm in the middle of it, and can't wait to finish it. Such a great story. Thanks for the review.

  5. Oh, this one does sound really good. I wasn't so sure about it when I first heard about it, but it is growing on me. :) I do think I need it now. :)