Friday, May 6, 2011

Review of Delirium by Lauren Oliver

I should probably start by saying that I'm still processing this book.  Did I like it?  I'm not sure, but it was definitely a great book.  5 stars for the genre (dystopian) and the intended audience (YA).  I am still not quite over my disgust at the last 50 or so pages of Mockingjay, so reading a dystopic book was a risk!

Delirium is set in a dystopic United States, where basically everything revolves around The Cure, which is an operation performed on adults that removes the ability to love.  Love, or amor deliria nervosa, has been eliminated, and society must protect against its reemergence.  Lena is about to turn 18, and she is eagerly awaiting her procedure, knowing that it will take away all pain and forever protect her from catching the deliria.  However, the last few months before her procedure don't exactly go as planned, and Lena finds herself questioning what she has always taken for granted- the society and its ban on love.  She realizes that the society is right about one thing- love is dangerous and can cause people to feel and do things that they never thought possible.

Like most dystopian books, curiosity about the strange society is enough to make getting started with the book easy, and the second half is absolutely delicious.  The ending, again like most dystopian books, caused me to yell and throw the book across the room.  I also must have jumped or something because I threw my knee out, and it's really sore today... LOL.

5 stars for a solid, exciting read and characters that I can't stop thinking about.  I will definitely read book #2, Pandemonium, which should be out in February 2012.  

1 comment:

  1. I really liked this book but I hope more becomes clear in the next installation of the series!