Thursday, September 6, 2012

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Title: Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 1st 2011
Find on: Amazon, Goodreads

Quick Review: 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 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 with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

Detailed Review: Ironically I fell in love with this book, when it's about a world where love is a virus.

   It's Lena's evaluation day. She's practiced it many times with her aunt already but she's still nervous.

   BUT when she makes a mistake and probably screwed her whole life up by making that mistake, everything changed.

   Enter Alex: a security guard thought to be cured, when he's actually a spy for a group in the Wilds. 

   Add in another group of crazy cows and then voila!

    The worst day of her life: not only was her evaluation a mistake, it was a day to remember thanks to the boy with sugary brown eyes and a fake three-pronged scar on hes neck, plus a herd of cows.

   After that, things start to go overboard. Her best friend Hana is changing, and Lena is left alone to deal with her problems, including Alex. She is falling in love with him. After an accident at a party where the uncureds find their freedom there, Lena realizes what love actually is. 

   And just this one act leads to this: her procedure being brought up earlier than expected.

   But she escapes into the Wilds.

   Without Alex.

   A world without love.  A world where love is viewed as a disease: amor deliria nervosa. Could you imagine it?

   Love. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.

* I know most of you know this book but seriously, SOME people just don't know that this awesome book actually EXISTS.

Brief Review: This book has a good sense of originality. It shows you a world where love is impossible. Never have I seen an author do such good work with this dystopian world, where love is a violation against it. Praise for Lauren Oliver and hopes for more from her. The ending left me gasping and crying. I just had to read the sequel.

Final Rating: 5/5 'Totally Amazing'


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