Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Delirium- Review



Delirium (Delirium, #1)

 
Goodreads Description
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 government 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.



My Thoughts
When I first bought Delirium I was a little hesitant to read it. It actually set on book shelf for quite a while. Then my sister borrowed it and read part of it (my sister isn’t much of a reader, but she did love The Hunger Games so she wanted to borrow something similar. Even though, I hadn’t read it, it seemed like something she would like). She really enjoyed what she read but she started ultrasound school and from what she says it’s intense (plus like I said she’s not much of a reader) so she didn’t ever finish. However, since my sister did like what she read and I won an ARC of Pandemonium I thought, “Okay, now’s a good time to give Delirium a try.” And I can’t tell you how glad I am that I did. I was worried that it was going to be a lot like Matched and while there were some things that were similar, it’s not large enough similarities to make a difference.
Delirium is a definite page turner. I was completely absorbed into the story right from the beginning. I loved Lena. I loved Alex. I loved Hana and her friendship with Lena. I pretty loved everything about this book.
My favorite thing about dystopian novels is the fact that the main character(s) fight for change. They rebel. They are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to change their world. Even if they believe they can’t win, even if they believe that it’s hopeless, they fight. That’s why I love dystopian books. That’s why I loved Delirium.
Also, Oliver does an excellent job creating a realistic world. Her characters are easy to love and make decisions that are believable. Lena doesn’t completely throw away all of her beliefs immediately. She holds tight to what  has been drilled into her for years, but slowly over time you see that she sheds her old beliefs and comes to realize those beliefs may not be true. Maybe the delirium isn’t so bad or even if it is maybe it is worth dying for. Maybe love isn’t a terrible word after all.
Overall, Delirium is an excellent read. It’s a story that will truly change you and leave you dying to read the sequel. A must read for everyone!
Grade: A

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