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I feel the need to once again break out in rhyme, to stop myself from doing a most embarrassing mime, to show how much I'm in love with this amazing writer, that makes my days so much brighter. This book simply has it all, great characters, flawless writing and a giant wall. Can't wait to find out what the genius aka Lauren Oliver comes up with next, but it's sure to come with all the bells and whistles and special effects.
This Young Adult Dystopian novel is focused on the main character Lena in a world where love is a deadly disease with a cure everyone must take at age of 18. Lena is very on board with getting the cure in a few months’ time when she watched love destroy her mother, that is until she meets enigmatic Alex from the wilds, an area for the people who are reluctant to take the cure, who makes her question everything she’s ever believed.
This book made me try to read the page as quickly as possible in order to find out what happened a real page turner. The characters were portrayed in a very realistic light where I could picture them in my head as if I was there. A very addictive book that had me racing to buy the next one. Alex and Lena’s story were very well presented throughout the novel and the intense scenes even had my heart beating a little faster.
However, towards the very end of the book it became quite predictable what the cliff-hanger ending would be but it still made want to carry on and find out what happens in the sequel. 8/10 Reviewed by Eboni -14
I’d read good things about this novel and decided to give it a try. I started by wondering if I’d ever read a book in first person, present tense and could only think of a couple I soon got into it though and it didn’t bother me. I got into Lena’s head as if she was talking me through her thoughts and anxieties. By the end of the novel I’d changed gender and was Lena.
Delirium is part of the latin name for the disease we know as love, which has been outlawed and we soon learn that at eighteen everyone goes through a procedure to rid themselves of any ‘love’ feelings and are then paired off with a suitable mate. Maybe it’s because, a few books back, I read The Housemaids Tale by Margaret Atwood, that I associated the two books and thought that Delirium could well be a prequel to Atwood’s dystopian novel.
In both novels it is the poor old USA that has been locked off from the rest of the world and seems to be hijacked by religious zealots. From outside the USA, and if Twitter is anything to go by, it seems that a lot of people over there are worried about the future. Maybe that’s why this sort of novel has become more popular at the moment.
Again, early on so not a spoiler, we learn that Lena’s mother bucked the trend and fought against ridding herself of love and that her daughter lena worries that the gene may have passed to her. The novel is a will she won’t she type of story that I raced through, (eight days is racing for me) enjoying the world that I was sucked into. I’m sure that as a man, if I was engrossed in Lena’s plight, any woman reading this novel would be equally engrossed. I enjoyed immensely and have just downloaded book two.
My main critisism of this novel has to be the painstakingly slow pacing of the first half of the book; add to this the many long winding, (sometimes tiresome) descriptions and you find yourself wondering if you can actually be bothered to struggle your way to the end of the story!
I have decided that Oliver must have employed such tactics to create tension, or to illuminate the atmosphere she was hoping to portray, (incidently she succeeds) as Delirium is certainly atmospheric!
The second portion of the book is so much better, and while many of my complaints about the previous 50% of the book are still present, the story does pick up and I felt I was finally beginning to get somewhere!
I have deliberately avoided the addition of spoilers in this review, (as I find the unfair and totally annoying!) But what I will say is this: I truly feel that Lena, who narrates this tale lacked a lot of sparkle (especially considering she is the main and central character,) and I found myself on more than one occassion truely wishing that this story had been based around her best friend Hanna, instead!
All in all I give this book 3 stars as it is thought provoking and atmospheric; the story itself is quite decent, and the whole 'love is a disease' thing I thought was origonal and great.
I have noticed people drawing comparisons between Delirium and Twighlight, and I can tell you the two bear no resemblance whatsoever, so if that is what you are expecting, then think again!
I loved this first book. The beginning is a little like the divergent series, it then becomes more unique and original. I guessed quite a lot that was going to happen but that didn’t deter from the enjoyment. I’m in my 30s and I loved this, so did my friend. I will definitely be reading the others in the series. This book is well written, you cannot put in down and I absolutely loved it. Very Romeo and Juliet... with a twist! Well worth a read