Review Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Copy Courtesy of NetGalley and Harper Collins
Release Date: 2/1/2011
Deadly, sickening, and completely mad, these are the words used to describe love - amor deliria nervosa. Everyone gets the cure for it when they turn 18, and this is for their own good. Lena has looked forward to the day when she too will be cured. That is, until the disease strikes her first.
A lot of other bloggers have reviewed Delirium and have loved it. For this book, I have to agree ^.^ Delirium was a delicious dystopian piece. Since Hunger Games swept the nation, there have been a lot of dystopian books, and this is one of the better ones to come out of the recent crop.
Because the book is somewhat a dialogue on love, it would have been really easy for this to have become a more frivolous read. This is not though, it's pretty weighty and I would even say that what Lauren has written is bold by not making things easy for her characters.
What also makes this book different is the depth of the world created. The attention to details such as quotes from a twisted version of the Bible and a handbook called the 'Book of Shhh' which details proper ways to act in a society without love. The dystopian parts of the book are pretty standard fair for a police state, and Lena's character goes through a struggle that while poignant is not necessarily unique.
I generally like dystopian books more than paranormal ones so this book gets a leg up on that front to begin with, but Lauren's world-building really kicked this book into a different league. I look forward to reading the next one in the series although this is one of those books I think could work as a standalone.
Star Rating: 4.0/5.0
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