Sunday, October 9, 2011

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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 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."

My Review: Delirium is a well-written dystopian, and because of that, I enjoyed it (because I have an obsession with dystopian books). The plot was interesting as well---I was very curious to know how love could be portrayed as a bad thing. Oliver did a pretty good job of it, as well. The book was well-paced and kept me reading and turning the pages. I'm not sure I like the main character, Lena; she seems way too much like Cassia from Matched and a whole bunch of other bland, apathetic, personality-less heroines. I understand that her world is a controlled and perfect one, but c'mon---does that mean you can't have a personality? Her best friend, Hanna, has way more of a personality than Lena does; I would honestly have preferred to read the book from Hanna's perspective. Dystopian books always feature a main character who is pleased with the way their world is---until someone changes their viewpoint. I want to see a character who's curious and rebellious from the START. Now that would be cool. But moving on... Alex, Lena's love interest, was actually pretty interesting to read about (if not a little cliched...he reminded me of the guy---whatshisname---from Ashes, Ashes). Overall, the book followed a perfect little dystopian formula...but it followed it well, which makes this a pretty good book to read.

Cover: This cover is pretty lame. I feel like they ripped it off of Beautiful Creatures (although this may have come out before that...I'm not sure). However, as far as I know, they don't sell this cover in the bookstores anymore. They sell this one: . Unfortunately, I hate this version of the cover even more. It totally takes away from the dystopian part of the book and makes it some sort of replica of Oliver's other book, Before I Fall.

Overall Grade: B+

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