Thursday, December 2, 2010

Review: DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver

by Lauren Oliver
Hardcover, 440 pages
To Be Published February 1st 2011 by HarperTeen

Placement in the Pile: Top Picks

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.

I loved this book. What a powerful idea--what if love (a "disease" called "deliria" in the book) was completely eradicated?

At first, you might think it's only about romantic love, but Delirium is never so shallow as that. Love encompasses so much of our lives, things we don't even think about--until it's gone. How different is a mother's feelings towards her child without love? Or an owner's care towards a pet? Common decency, affection of any sort, so many things are destroyed by taking away the ability to love. This book will make you think, and make you grateful for everything that comes with love--the pain, yes, but without it, you can't have the joy.

I absolutely loved finding out the layers of the characters, the secrets in the past, and most of all Lena's journey. It took her longer than I thought it should have to make her choices, and figure things out--especially since she had a mom who was "uncurable" (the procedure didn't work and they made her keep doing it over and over... but I won't spoil the rest of what happened to her). But that is really my only complaint.

I'm sure it will get compared to MATCHED, because there are parts of the books that are very similar. But everyone has to remember that both authors were writing these books around the same time, and didn't know each other. It is pure coincidence that there are similarities.

Lauren's writing is beautiful, and breathtaking. This book is remarkable and I can't wait for more. The ending will just about... well, I don't want to give it away. Let's just say, you'll be dying when you realize you've hit the last page.


Shari said...

It sounds interesting. I'll be looking for it to come out.

Jill Hathaway said...

OMG, you got to read Delirium? So jealous. I. Can't. Wait.

Aubrey said...

I'm excited to read this one too! Thanks for the review Guinevere!