Release Date: February 1, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Around the World Tours
My Rating: 1,000,000 Stars…The Best Book I Have Ever Read…I could go on and on.
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 Holway 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 don’t even know where to begin. I know I have said it in many reviews, but it has never been more true than right now: Whatever I say about Delirium by Lauren Oliver will not do it justice. Delirium is an experience that you just have to have on your own. I don’t have enough words to explain to you how this book made me feel, but I’m going to try to use the ones I’ve got.
I love dystopia. It’s hands down my favorite genre. When I heard that Lauren Oliver was releasing a dystopian book I knew I had to read it as soon as possible. I loved Before I Fall, so I knew this book would have to be great, but I didn’t know it was going to be incredible. Oliver has not only created a dystopian world but she has executed it flawlessly. It has elements of Orwell’s 1984, but in a much more updated and realistic way. The society in Delirium has deemed Love a disease. All the troubles of the past can be attributed to this disease. To Amor Deliria Nervosa. So, when you turn 18 you are cured. Lena has looked forward to getting her cure her entire life. Until she meets Alex.
This book is not simply just a romance or just a dystopian. It’s so much more. Lena and Alex consumed me, consumed my life for the short time that I was reading about theirs. I didn’t want to let them go after the book was over. Their emotions and thoughts were so well evoked on the page that it was like they were my emotions and thoughts.
The writing was fantastic. A book rarely ever makes me miss sleep, this one did. It was completely impossible to put down and impossible to lounge on the couch will reading. I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat. This book devastated me, but I loved every minute of it. Delirium is beautiful and frightening.
You might think it sounds a little dramatic, but this book changed me in some small way. I don’t think I will look at life and love in the same way anymore. Delirium by Lauren Oliver is powerful. It’s the best book I have ever read. And I don’t throw that phrase around easily. Buy it! Pre-order it! Read it! Maybe it will change your life too.