Delirium

December 30, 2011 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

DeliriumDelirium by Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #1
Published by Harper Collins Childrens on February 1, 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 441
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Pandemonium, Requiem
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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 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.

What I Thought…

Amazing!  There were so many great things to like about this book.  I loved all the major characters; Lena, Alex, Hana and Gracie.  I also loved the writing.  Lauren Oliver is a fantastic writer.  A lot of YA books tend to be written “down” or less complex than adult books (i.e. Twilight) and I didn’t get that feeling from her writing.  As I was reading I was pretty certain that I figured out the “solution” to Alex and Lena’s problem.  I was so sure of it that I would have bet money on it.  It was a pleasant surprise to find out I was wrong.  Who wants to read predictable books all the time?

I typically don’t care for cliffhanger endings, but since this book was so good and the next book comes out in February I can handle it.

Kimberly

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