Friday, 8 June 2012

BOOK REVIEW: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Title: Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Pages: 393
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Tagline: "What if love were a disease?"
" 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 then, with only ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable... "

 So, I read Delirium when it first came out last year. Although I remembered that I really liked it, other than that, I couldn't really remember much of what had actually happened. Like, when I read other people's reviews of Delirium and they mentioned the *gasp* 'MASSIVE CLIFFHANGER' at the end, I was just left sitting there cluelessly, thinking, 'Hmmm, I really should probably remember what they're going on about...but I can't.'

But with Pandemonium having just recently been released, I figured I needed to re-read Delirium as I really could not remember what had actually happened in it. Of course, I remembered Alex, and I remembered that Lena fell in love...but other than that...nothing. Clearly, although I know I did really like it when I first read it, Delirium just hadn't made that much of an impact on me the first time I read it.

But the second time? Okay, maybe the one bright side to my forgetfulness which allowed Delirium to elude my memory is that it meant I could fall in love with this beautiful story, and be swept along in a wave of raw emotion all over again. Re-reading Delirium, I finally understood why I had loved it so much the first time around. 

This time, what struck me most was how utterly beautiful Lauren Oliver's writing is. Seriously. It's so beautiful. I felt like her words were casting a spell over me, I felt like her words were painting vivid, glowing, beautiful images in my mind. And I believed every word she wrote.

I feel like I don't really have much to say about this book, because it's almost so perfect that there is nothing to say apart's perfect.

It was sad, and rather scary, to see how brainwashed people in Lena's society were - Lena herself included, at the start of the book. Lena really grew and travelled through the book - at first she was a complete believer in her society, actually looking forward to the day of her procedure. And then she met Alex, and slowly, her life began to turn upside down until she was dreading the day of her procedure. The development of her love for Alex was really believable as well, because although she was drawn to Alex from the moment she saw him, she didn't fall in love with him straight away, and was reluctant to because of the deep-rooted beliefs that were instilled in every member of society that amor deliria nervosa (i.e. love) was extremely dangerous.

This is a book about falling in love, and Lauren Oliver will make you fall in love as you read this book. I did.


  1. Great review! I have the book but have yet to read it. New follower

    Cierra @ Books Ahoy & Blogovation Design

  2. I love this book! It's so good. I still have to read the second one. Love your review! :)

    New follower
    -Daniela@ YA Book Season

  3. I have this book on my eReader, and just know I'm gonna love it.

  4. Great review! I agree with pratically all of your review! It's really strange when you re-read a book and realise that you actually enjoyed it more the second time round, that happened to me with Matched, hehe. :D

    **I am so happy you're a Will Herondale fan too! Woo! xD**

  5. Hi Catherine
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  6. Great review! I definitely really enjoyed Delirium, too, and Lauren Oliver does write amazingly, if that's even a word. :)

  7. Amazing review! You're right, Lauren's writing is so beautiful.

  8. Oh it is so good to hear that you really enjoyed this book! I haven't read it yet but really want to get around to it soon. I love the dystopian idea of it... and the idea of Will too! ;) Thanks for sharing!

    New to your blog,

    Steph @ Stepping Out of the Page

  9. I'm one of the few people who didn't really enjoy Delirium - I have no idea why considering everyone LOVES it but I'm willing to give it another go, especially after your review!

    I hope you get to do DofE - it was actually quite fun but I am very tired indeed after three days of walking and sleeping in a tent :D

  10. LOVED this book too! Reading about you reading it again makes me want to read it again! Maybe I'll have to fit that in sometime... :D

  11. So very exciting! Someone recently suggested that I read Pandemonium, but I didn't realize that it was a sequel! This is a major plus for me! I love to read books that have sequels or are a series! (as long as the book is good!)

    Thanks for the recommendation!

  12. Great review! I love this series and Lauren is so awesome.

  13. I read Delirium for my book club a couple of months ago and really enjoyed it. And I agree with you--Lauren Oliver is a beautiful writer! Delirium really stuck with me, and I just had to read Pandemonium. I just finished it earlier this week, so my review will go up soon. But I really loved it, and Oliver definitely kept up the beautiful writing! Great review, Catherine!

  14. I keep passing this book at the bookstore but now I think I have to go out and buy it! Great review! :)

  15. Oh, yeah. Everybody loves Delirium! ^^
    Sorry, I'm just Catherine from, in case my Google name is getting a little weird.


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