Monday, January 24, 2011

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Release Date: 2/1/2011
Publisher: HarperCollins

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. - Goodreads.com


It is 6:20am and I have not been to bed yet due to the fact that I was up finishing this book.  That should speak for itself.  All I can say is WOW.  Lauren Oliver knows how to hook you and keep you reading.  This was a fantastic, outstanding novel.

First, the characterization of Lena was brilliant.  This is a girl who has always admired the society she lives in, believed whole-heartedly in its rules and regulations, and looked forward to the day when she would receive the "cure" for love.  The way the author systematically and carefully peals away Lena's layers of stubborn belief was brilliant.  Watching her fall in love against her better judgement was almost agonizing because she is doing it despite believing that love is a horrible disease and her internal struggle was often heartbreaking to witness.  She grows so much as a character during the course of this story and I love what she becomes.

Alex was a patient, loving character that gently leads Lena toward the truth.  I don't want to say too much more about him for fear of ruining the story for others, but suffice it to say that I fell in love with him.  He was kind, brave, smart, and loving.

All the characters in this story were well drawn, despite the fact that many of them had to be somewhat lacking in personality because of the nature of the cure's affect on one's personality.  The author has done a fabulous job here by letting these people be real, three-dimensional characters while still maintaining their emotionlessness.

There are so many amazing themes and messages in this story that I almost wanted to read it over again as soon as I finished it.  The pacing was fast, and a couple surprises await near the end.  It seems as if the ending leaves a tiny speck of room for there to be a sequel, but I haven't read anything to confirm that.  I hope so!

Despite the fact that I read this book from a publisher galley, I am eagerly awaiting the release in February, as I must buy a copy for my keeper shelf.  I have nothing but the highest praise for this book and its author.  Mark February 1 on your calendars and get a copy of this book!!

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