Book Review:Delirium by Lauren Oliver

24 February 2011
DeliriumTitle:  Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #1
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Date: 2/1/2011
Pages: 440
ISBN: 9780061726828
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Delirium (Delirium - Trilogy)

Summary: 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. (Goodreads)

My Rating:


Let me just say YA Dystopia is fast becoming my favorite genre to read. I had previously read a couple of reviews of Delirium, and was a little skeptical at first, although the reviews were of course glowing. I  read the first couple of chapters and was hooked.
 Lena is so easy to connect to for me. Her friendship with Hana, and her upset over her mother's "death" are easily identifiable. Delirium introduces us to a world where LOVE is a disease, and at a certain age everyone must have a procedure to be "cured". The book was a little slow for me, but I couldn't give up on it, once Alex; in all his gloriousness was introduced I knew that i was in for an epic love story.
 I teared up when I learned that he was technically and " invalid" and when Lena ran from him I was heartbroken. I had to keep reading to find out if she went looking for him. The chapter where she went searching for him was a nail bitter for me, until she found him, and then of course I was in love with him even more from that moment on.
 When Lena finds out that her mother may be alive, I was almost as nervous as her, that is until they arrive at the "Crypts". I just knew that something was wrong. But hopefully there is a happy ending with that story.
 After Lena is busted and almost forced to have the procedure to cure her of Amor Deliria Nervousa ( what they call the disease love), I was praying and screaming at the book for Alex to show up and rescue her.
 The ending of the book had me crying, actually I was crying throughout the last two chapters.  I am hoping that the next book of this projected trilogy is out soon, and that Alex will be in the next one.
 Overall, I loved the book, the characters and Lauren Oliver's writing style. This is one book that I will pick up often.