Google+ Reading Teen: Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

  • Reading level: Young Adult
    Hardcover: 448 pages
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Series or Stand Alone: Series
    Buy the Book: Amazon
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  • Summary: There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it. Then, at last, they found the cure. Now, everything is different. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Haloway 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 then, with only ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable.

My Review:
     This book quite literally took my breath away.  Simply beautiful.  It is by far the most outstanding book I've read in a very long time.  From beginning to end it is an elegant love story like no other.  I loved everything about it.  From the characters, to the setting, to the dramatic ending, and everything in-between.  This is a book that I will definitely not be forgetting any time soon.
     One of my favorite parts of Delirium was the shear brilliance of it.  Every symptom of "deliria" is completely true.  I love the opening quote, "The most dangerous sicknesses are those that make us believe we are well."  Because it's so true.  All of it is so true.  The books that I love most are the ones that make me worried.  The ones that seem so realistic that I can honestly see them happening in the future.  This was most definitely one of those books.  Someday, maybe there really will be a cure for amor deliria nervosa.  But I'm not so sure that I would want it.

     The only thing that disappointed me was that it was part of a series.  When I was reading it, I thought it was a stand alone.  And after I finished it I loved it... as a stand alone.  I felt like the ending would be so much more meaningful if it wasn't part of a series.  And honestly, I'm not sure if I'll be reading the squeals, I kind of like Delirium the way it is.


  1. Delirium took my breathe away too. And made me sob for hours after finishing reading. It's an absolutely beautiful story. Not sure if I'd want the cure for amor deliria nervosa either!

    I agree with you about working as a stand alone novel. Kinda worried about what she's gonna do on Pandemonium, but I must confess I can't wait to read it...

    Murphy's Library

  2. Yeah that's why I haven't read this one. Cause it's part of a series.

    I have a feeling I would love it a lot, though.

    PS. I just wish there were more stand-alone novels out there ):

  3. I don't think I could have handled that ending if Delirium wasn't part f a series! OMG, I needed a lot of hugs after finishing this book!
    I agree, it was beautiful and it's not so unlikely they'll find a cure for amor deliria nervosa. Which is pretty scary!

  4. I really need to get a copy of this soon. Thanks Kit for the great review, this one just got higher up on my wish list. :)

  5. DELIRIUM is my favorite book of 2011 so far. It's brilliant. PANDEMONIUM..the summary scares me a little, and I hope it won't make me love the series any less. For now, I am trusting Lauren to do something excellent again!

    So good, though!


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