14/11/2013

Review: Delirium {Lauren Oliver}




 
They said the cure for love would make people happy and safe forever. And Lena always believed them. Until now. Now she'd rather be infected for the tiniest second than live a hundred years suffocated by a lie.

There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world; people would go to the end of the earth to find it, they'd tell lies for it and they'd kill for it. Now everything is different.

Scientists can cure love and the government demands that all citizens undergo treatment once they are eighteen. Lena has always looked forward to the day she'll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain. It's safe, measured, predictable and happy.

But then, with only ninety-five days until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable. She falls in love.
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This is a society where emotions are treated like a disease and there is a cure for love; where your entire future is mapped out for you, including who you marry, how many children you'll have and what you'll do for a living. So needless to say, I was hooked from the get-go.

Lena was a fantastically fleshed-out main character who went from a girl who never questioned anything and accepted that Deliria was dangerous and horrid, to someone who found herself falling madly in love

Watching her character grow as her relationship with Alex developed was phenomenal. The transformation wasn't instantaneous and instead Lena's worries and fears gradually faded and she began to accept that everything she had been taught was a lie.

It was great to see her slowly come to terms with things and for her to discover not only new parts of the world, but new parts of herself. Lauren Oliver did a great job of pacing the story and I really enjoyed Lena's back story and learning more about her family (specifically her mother) as the novel progressed.

Alex was the perfect love interest for Lena. He didn't venture into tortured bad-boy territory, but he wasn't boring either. He introduced her to poetry (something banned in the 'new world'), but also showed her how to let go and be Wild (pun intended). He was the perfect mix of sweet and sincere, and thrilling and mysterious.

But Lauren Oliver not only crafted great characters, she also built a sensationally detailed and well-thought out world. This new society is actually quite plausible, which only makes it all the more terrifying. This is a world without compassion or tenderness – everything is structured and harsh and emotionless. It's actually quite horrible to read about, especially when Oliver touches upon family relationships.

The writing was beautiful and vivid, which only sought to emphasise the cold world Oliver had created. Throughout the book I was constantly surprised by how Oliver's descriptive and heartfelt prose really drew me in, making me feel like a part of the world, experiencing things as Lena did.

 
This is the way to start a series with a bang. This book has heart-stopping action heart-stopping romance and I'm not even going to mention the ending. Mostly because I don't think I could handle reliving it. This is a must-read for Dystopia fans.


"I love you. Remember. They cannot take it."

 
 
 
 
 

Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart.
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17 comments:

  1. I didn't love Delirium as much but I adored the next two. I agree with you about how wonderful the world-building was in this book, and in the next two as well. Great review! Can't wait to see what you think about the rest of the series.

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    1. I'm actually the opposite! I loved this one and found book two kind of ehh and book three just enjoyable (but nothing special).

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  2. The world building and prose in this book was one of the best ever! I loved the idea of a society where love is a disease too; it's a different take to the usual dystopian story line.

    Glad you liked it, Allie!

    Oh, and I LOVE you're little birdy ratings! SO CUTE! :D

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    1. Thanks Fahima! :D I'm glad the little birdies have wooed you lol

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  3. The characters and plot were indeed good in this one.

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  4. I loved Delirium too! The sequels disappointed me somewhat, but this one will always hold a special place in my heart!

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    1. Totally agree! I was disappointed by the sequels - especially the second one! Requiem was an improvement, but it still didn't have the old magic of the first book :/

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  5. Oh god, the cliffhangers are evil in this series! Wait until you read Pandemonium! So glad you enjoyed this. :)

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  6. You definitely enjoyed this more than I did. I liked this book in the trilogy, but the rest of the books weren't so he he great to me. I hope you enjoy them!

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    1. I'm with you on that one! It's such a shame because I was so excited for the rest of the trilogy, but they were kind of a letdown after reading Delirium. And don't even get me started on Julian's character!

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  7. I am curious to check this out. I haven't read much Dystopia, but some of the premises do make me curious. That's great you loved this so much.

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  8. I loved Delirium, didn't like Pandemonium too much (although people thought it was better than the 1st), and too scared to read Requiem because of everyone's Allegiant like reaction to it lol

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    1. People like it better than the first? Really? I totally had the opposite reaction!

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  9. You have made me crazy excited to read this book now, as I love almost every dystopia book I read. The characters and world building sound absolutely fantastic and I will be reading this one soon!

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    1. You won't regret it - it's such an intense read!

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  10. Oh, I remember that ending! And reading it for the first time and having to wait for the next book. Pure torture! I'm so glad you enjoyed this, Allie. I had mixed thoughts about the trilogy as a whole (and particularly the final book), but I really loved this one. I think it was a 5-star read for me too. I agree about Lauren Oliver's writing. She definitely has a powerful way with words.

    Fantastic review!

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    1. That ending killed me. I think I literally yelled out 'noooo' haha.

      I agree about the trilogy as a whole though ... I felt everything kind of went downhill after this book. Though I definitely enjoyed book 3 more than the second book. The second one was just so blah in so many ways. Julian as about as charismatic as a spoon.

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