Release Date: August 2nd, 2011
Source: Special Edition Hardcover from Publisher
Ninety-five days, and then I’ll be safe.
I wonder whether the procedure will hurt.
I want to get it over with.
It’s hard to be patient.
It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet.
Still, I worry.
They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness.
The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.
It happens pretty often: I’m practically the last person to read a book everyone’s raving about. This was exactly the case with Lauren Oliver’s second novel.
Even without the excitement surrounding Delirium, it was a book I really wanted to read because of the premise. A dystopian society where love is a disease was something I had never heard of before – something that fascinated me. And I picked it up solely for that reason.
Lena Holoway is your average girl, maybe even less than an average girl. She’s not pretty and she’s not ugly. She’s not rich and she’s not poor. Her dad died when she was only an infant and her mother killed herself when she was 7. Her mother’s suicide made life miserable for Lena. Everywhere she made an appearance, the dreadful word is whispered – suicide.
Lena lives for the day of her evaluation, where she’ll make the evaluators smile and end up paired with a boy she doesn’t even know. She counts down the days until she’s have her procedure. Until the day when the deliria can harm her no more. Until love will no longer be an emotion she’s capable of. That all changes when she meets Alex.
Although the premise – a society where love is a disease, is unique, the story had an overall predictability to it, as do many dystopians these days. The girl thinks her life has been perfected by her society. The girl can’t wait for a certain change. But days before that change, the girl finds out all is not right. Though overall plot was predictable, the subtle twists and turns were completely unpredictable, and most definitely kept me on the edge of my seat wanting more.
Delirium was a long, winding read. I enjoyed the premise and the story, though at times I felt the story lagged and drew out too long. Lauren Oliver’s prose is certainly something to praise. All in all, I won’t say I loved it, though I certainly liked it. And after that ending, I am practically gasping for Pandemonium – book two is definitely going on my wishlist.