Book Review

Book Review : Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it.

Then, at last, they found the cure.

Now, everything is different. 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 then, with only ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: she falls in love.

I loved Lauren Oliver’s debut novel Before I Fall so I was really interested to see what she would write next. When I heard it was a dystopian tale I was even more interested so when I got a chance to read it I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. I certainly wasn’t disappointed, within the first few chapters I became caught up in Lena’s world and found it hard to put the book down.

The plot starts off fairly slowly, as Oliver builds Lena’s world. That’s not to say it comes without incident, Lena is preparing for her assessment – it is this combined with her school results that will determine the husband she is matched with. I felt myself getting anxious along with Lena as this important meeting loomed, I really felt a sense of involvement with the character. The plot definitely picks up pace as the book progresses, I found that the more I read the more I wanted to read.

I enjoyed the characters that Oliver created, as I’ve already said I found myself getting totally wrapped up in what was happening with Lena. I also enjoyed Alex, the boy she meets and falls for. I liked their interactions, and how their story developed.

I thought the concept that love instead of being a good thing was actually an illness to be really interesting. I liked the way the concept was described, it didn’t feel like too big a jump to understand how people had begun to believe it.

I shall certainly be looking forward to the further two books in this trilogy.

“Delirium” is published in hardback by Hodder & Stoughton books in the UK priced £12.99 from 3rd February 2011. Whilst I was provided with a review copy of the book via NetGalley.com all of the opinions expressed are my own.

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