Delirium (Lauren Oliver)

Delirium (Delirium, #1)Delirium by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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."


Wow. It's difficult to know where to start with this book. Maybe I should start with Lauren Oliver. I love the quality of her writing. It's beautiful and flowing, and has the effect of coaxing you into the story and staying there. The writing was, quite frankly, the best part of the book.

I was so intrigued by the premise. Love as a disease? I loved the way it was written up scientifically, symptoms and all, because once you started looking at the symptoms as written in the book, you almost felt like yeah -- this (almost) makes sense. I was so excited to see what Lauren Oliver would do with this book, but unfortunately it fell a little short of expectations.

I felt as though the world was not new enough, different enough. I tend to measure dystopia by how creeped out I am at the end, just because great dystopian novels chill me to the bone, thinking that one of those futures could be right around the corner. This terrified feeling simply wasn't there throughout Delirium. I thought the premise was so great, I wanted to see a deeper look into the world, into the nature of people, into the nature of love, as Lena started falling into it... but instead, the dystopian world was one of those run-of-the-mill ones, the government-watches-you-don't-step-out-of-line new civilizations, and Lena, as much as I loved the fact that she ran, didn't think deeply enough about her surroundings, her life, to satisfy my desire for a deeper tale.

The cast of characters was well thought out -- I enjoyed Lena's sister particularly, and thought there was great potential in her character, as well as in Lena's best friend. I also loved the way Lena struggled with her feelings, developing a crush on a boy, fearing all the while that it will someday kill her... In short, Delirium was entertaining, and I like Oliver's writing so much I was happy to dwell in the story, but I wanted there to be more. It was good -- it could have been great.

*I received an e-galley of this book via NetGalley for review.

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