Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

  • Genre: Young Adult: Dystopian
  • Rating: 5/5 stars
  • Purchase Links: The Book DepositoryAmazon
  • Page Count: 441 pages (Goodreads)
  • More Information: You can find this book on listed here on Goodreads for more information and reviews.
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Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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.

What I Think: 

This story is about a future dystopian America. The main character Lena is months away from turning eighteen and receiving the “cure.” In this future America, love is considered a disease and upon turning eighteen, you endure a procedure named the “cure.” This is a procedure that will forever cure you from love. Months before she is scheduled to receive the procedure, she and her best friend Hanna stumble across a boy named Alex and the story continues from there.

I thought this book was absolutely incredible. I’m usually more picky with dystopian novels, because my favorite books to read are contemporary novels, but I fell in love with this book. It has to be my second (maybe even tied for first) favorite dystopian novel to date. I thought the plot was extremely well-thought out and very original.

The writing of this book was not too simple, but overall, it was a very easy read. I enjoyed Lauren Oliver’s writing. I also throughly enjoyed the fact that the beginning to each chapter included a small quote, whether that be from literature found inside the book or quotes from outside the book.

Once I began to get deeper into the book and the story, I found that I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what happened next and if characters got their happy ending. I found myself really rooting for most of the characters in this book.

Speaking of endings….

Lauren Oliver absolutely destroyed my feelings with the ending of this book. I stared at the book for a good few minutes before I finally set it back on my nightstand. I have not read the rest of series yet (which I plan to do soon) so I’m not including any spoilers (in case you have not read the book and would like to) and I don’t want anyone to spoil me, but I truly have to find out what happens next.

I can’t truly think of many problems I had with this book. I was a bit annoyed with some of the characters at times, but that happens. That’s not exactly a problem with the book.

I think that if you enjoyed The Giver or are a fan of dystopian novels in general, you will also throughly enjoy this book.

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