Book Review: Delirium by: Lauren Oliver

DeliriumPublisher: HarperTeen
Publish Date: 1 February 2011
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback

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. (synopsis from

When I closed this book I just stared at it for a minute. Just stared at it before I hurriedly opened Twitter and immediately said (excuse my would be language) "WTF?". I mean, I read 'Before I Fall' and it had the same effect on me, a little bit stronger because I balled my eyes out like a baby but still...this was also a very powerful ending. I guess I should start at the beginning before I go to the end but...whatever.

So, basically in Lena's word Love is considered a disease. The whole world walks around feeling almost nothing because of a government 'cure'. I would have loved to know more about what the cure is or supposed to be, that was very mysterious and odd. Lena is ok in the beginning but I think her character wakes up more when she meets Alex. I felt by Alex and Lena meeting and falling in love the whole dynamic of both characters changed and they were better characters for being together. So, Alex, he is dreamy, mysterious, and definitely the kind of guy to get you into trouble. Definitely.

I enjoyed this book, I didn't feel an urgent need to finish and keep going until the end of the book, I just read a bit each day and then put it down and then read some more the next day. When I got to the end I had to know what going to happen. I was sad, shocked, surprised, and outraged all at the same time because of this ending. Ms. Oliver takes no prisoners when it comes to her endings and you will see it here.

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