Sunday, 4 September 2011

Review- Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Title: Delirium
Author:Lauren Oliver
Publisher: Harper Collins/Teen
Release Date: 1st February 2011
Genre: young adult/Speculative fiction
Ratings: 5/5


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 would tell lies for it. Even kill for it. Then, at last, they found the cure. Now, everything is different. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Haloway 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 then, with only ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable.


In the world of Delirium, love is slowly being eradicated. When people reach 18, to cure them of their amor deliria nervosa - love or, as they think of it, a disease they have to undergo a procedure. Their ability to feel deeply for anyone is removed, they're then matched with someone and live a happy, loveless life. And they think this is better.
For Lena Haloway, this way of thinking is all she knows. She's an orphan living with her aunt and uncle, and is counting down the days until her procedure cures her, leaving her free of the temptation to love, and taking care of the 
amor deliria nervosa that could, at any moment, pollute her mind. For Lena and her best friend Hana, this is all fine. It's the way of life, it's expected and it's right. Then with only 95 days left until Lena's procedure, she meets Alex. Alex, the boy responsible for Lena opening her eyes and realising that no, love isn't a disease and, no, it doesn't require a cure. The boy who infects her, consumes her, with amor deliria nervosa. Delirium has made me think so much that I don't know how I'll be able to switch off. I find the world Oliver created to be absolutely terrifying because, without the ability to love and be loved, what do we, as a society, have left? . If I lived in this version of Portland, where men patrolled daily looking for sympathisers and a fence kept me inside the city, I wouldn't survive. 

Lauren Oliver writes wonderfully, managing to really captivate the reader, near the ending my heart was  actually beating faster, and its a jaw dropping cliffhanger. I am really looking forward to reading Pandemonium. 
For fans of Dystopian novels like The Hunger Games and Matched, This is a must read!


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1 comment:

  1. I loved this book. The constant intensity of an oppressing society held my attention throughout. The characters are all very well rounded, (even the flat toned ones that have had the operation-which I'm sure is hard to write). The best relationship is between Lena and her best friend, Hana. I enjoyed reading about them whenever they were together.

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