Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Title: Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperTeen
E-ARC, 303 pages
Date Published: February 1, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
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 governments 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 with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.
This is possibly one of the most difficult reviews I’ve ever written because, like many other people, I have been infected with amor deliria nervosa. Meaning: I loved this book.

Delirium was an exquisite read. Lena’s life, her world, is one of control and awareness. Her mother committed suicide when she was younger because she was afflicted with amor deliria nervosa – Lena vows to never be like that. She fears the procedure that will change her life forever, but she also welcomes it, wanting the normalcy that it will provide. Upon meeting Alex, a cured boy, things begin to change and Lena starts to see her world for what it really is.

Lauren Oliver has crafted this dystopian world that, on the surface, does not appear harsh or cruel or bad. But underneath, below the blank faces and the shiny atmosphere, is a world where people are losing their emotions, the feelings cut right out of them. The setting of Portland, Maine is a character all on its own. I felt like I was right there, in Portland, smelling the ocean and feeling the salt on my skin. Oliver’s writing is, for lack of a better word, breathtaking. Her characters are so human and filled with the life that the cure takes away.

I was instantly taken with Lena and her desire to hold onto her mother’s memory, but also to separate herself from it. She wants to be a good image in her family and knowing that the cure will tear her apart from her best friend Hana, is devastating. In Lena’s world, love is a disease and diseases must be inoculated. When Lena begins to have deliria-like feelings for Alex, she begins to see reasons why there are Invalids and people who would rather die than lose themselves to the cure. It is terrifying and tragic and haunting and beautiful all at the same time.

The premise of Delirium is so entirely captivating that I did not want to put the book down and I cannot stop thinking about it. Lena, Alex, Hana, even Gracie all tore into my heart and made me love them. If this is deliria, then I do not want the cure. Lauren Oliver’s writing is stunning and the ending, oh, the ending, it killed me. I implore you to buy Delirium, open it the second you get it, and don't stop until you reach the back cover. It’s amazing and incredible and this review does not do it justice.

Opening line: It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure. ~ pg. 9

Favorite lines: 
Sometimes I feel like if you just watch things, just sit still and let the world exist in front of you – sometimes I swear that just for a second time freezes and the world pauses in its tilt. Just for a second. And if you somehow found a way to live in that second, then you would live forever. ~ pgs. 110-111
And this one:
As I lie there with the hurt driving through my chest and the sick, anxious feeling churning through me and the desire for Alex so strong inside of me it’s like a razor blade edging its way through my organs, shredding me, all I can think is: It will kill me, it will kill me, it will kill me. And I don’t care. ~ pg. 166
*This is the e-ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may be subject to change before official publication
A 5 is not enough...this book is one of my all-time favorites
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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BrittLit said...

That line from page 166 was one of my favorites too. I love how Lauren has a way with words.

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

Eeek! I need to read this one so badly! I really enjoyed Before I Fall, and I've heard so many great things about Delirium. Glad to hear that it was better than even a 5 for you!

Justine said...

Holy moly, Lauren Oliver is awesome. I miss her precious quotes (like from Before I Fall)!! I have got to own this. I cannot read it until I've got it in my hands so I can treasure it forever and ever. Ahhhh!

Lori said...

This book was just...utterly amazing! I want to read it again, and again, and again! Awesome review!

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I have yet to read Before I Fall, but I'm planning on it at the end of this month. If the writing is anything like that in Delirium, I have a feeling I'll like it.

Candace said...

I LOVED this book as well! Her words were just so beautiful and the descriptions were so clear I could picture everything so clearly. I'm ready to reread it already!

Alyssa@Teens Read and Write said...

Love all the great dystopians coming out!

Bere said...

Once again, amazing review, Nikki! I really enjoyed reading Before I Fall which makes me super excited to read Delirium. I've already heard really great things on it. Your review was definitely sealed the deal for me hehe =D.

~The Book Pixie said...

Ugh I have got to read this and soon! Just got a copy in the mail last week! I broke my rules and snuck it in my review pile. tehehe. Fantastic review girl! :D


Lynn said...

Just finished Delirium. It's a very thought provoking book that you think about a lot after you finally put it down.
Enjoyed your review.

Jo :) said...

I read the excerpt of Delirium at the few last pages in Before I Fall and it got me hooked instantly! :D Reading it made felt as if I'm in another world! Looks like I gotta start saving money for this ;)

Jo :) said...

I read the first two chapters of Delirium at the few last pages in Before I Fall and I got hooked instantly! :D Reading it made me felt like I'm in another world! Looks like I gotta start saving money for this one ;)

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