Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Published: July 25, 2011
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Dystopian
My Rating: 4/5
Summary (from chapters.ca):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.
When they tell you that love is the most deadly of all diseases, what happens when you begin to suffer with symptoms? Do you tell anyone or are you willing to lie, cheat and steal your way to the 'other' side and live with the consequences?
I have said it before and I will say it again, the hype surrounding Pandemonium (Delirium's sequel) along with the cover change led me to jump on the bandwagon with both feet. While it took me forever to finally get around to reading this book, I am definitely glad that I did. As they say, some things get better with time and I believe that the case is true with Delirium.
As I began reading, I was worried that things weren't going to click for me. Some reviews had said that the book starts of slow but them BAM, you are sucked in... well, that BAM didn't really happen to me until the very end. Yes, there were moments that I felt the story was moving along well and I was thoroughly enjoying it but it just didn't connect the way I was expecting it to.
For one, I really didn't like Lena as a main character. I understand that the society in which she is living is so rigid but her character was just so set in her ways. Anything and everything was a struggle and when Hana, her best friend, begins to challenge the rules, it only makes Lena seem that must more of a sour puss. In fact, there were times that I was really wishing Hana would have been the main character instead but I do understand her role in the story and know that by the end, the roles were very well written and suited to progressing the story.
Secondly, I couldn't imagine living in a society that didn't allow love... at all. What kind of world is that to live in and why would it have ever been an issue to begin with? Knowing that Delirium takes place in the future (although how far is unknown), I spent a lot of time thinking of 'my world' and wondering if things would really improve if the love and hate were taken out of it. It really is an interesting topic of conversation.
Like I said, the ending of the book was what grabbed me and saved the book. I LOVED the way Lauren Oliver brought the story together and it's cliff-hanger ending made me so glad that I had waited to read it... mainly because I had Pandemonium on my shelf and was able to dive in instantly to see where the story goes.
Overall, a well written story that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat as you wait to find out what happens next.