Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium (Delirium, #1)Delirium by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Delirium was a very thought provoking book for me. A lot of people are rightfully concerned about giving up their personal freedoms for safety sake. Delirium is an intense take on that concern.

Imagine a world where love is considered a disease. When someone reaches adulthood, the government mandates that they take “the cure” which rids them of the ability to be blinded by love and its symptoms. After the cure, people are happier and able to make better judgements and decisions. They live their lives out with their government matched partner at a level of contentment that is unaffected by wild, intense dreams and desires. There is no fear they will be rejected by someone they care about, commit a crime of passion, mourn their losses or worry that their spouse will be unfaithful.

Lena Holoway cannot wait to take “the cure.” As far as the world Delirium is set in, her family is dysfunctional because of their history with the disease. Lena is ready to be free of the fear that she will contract the disease and eagerly awaits to see who she will be matched with and if she will be allowed to attend college before she marries. Lena is considered very sensible when compared to other girls her age. That is, until she has a chance meeting with a strange boy, and slowly begins to see that a world full of love might be a happier one after all.

Delirium was a page-turner for me and kept me guessing and hoping for the characters to succeed. The ending left me hoping for a sequel. Delirium is a great read for fans of “The Giver” and “The Hunger Games.”



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