Google+ Reading Teen: Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (February 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061726826
ISBN-13: 978-0061726828
Buy the Book: Amazon
Visit the site: laurenoliverbooks.
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.
I had heard about Delirium before it came out, I had heard how amazing it was and I never gave it a second thought! Andye, Kit and Abigaile had all read it a long time ago, so I just figured it was something all of them would like and I wouldn't. I have been on a major Dystopian kick here lately, and I ran out of books to read. Well Abigaile loves it when I do this, the whole not knowing what to read next thing (BIG problem) I walk around in circles feeling completely unsettled and scattered. So when I get this way, I listen to what she suggests. I am very glad she suggested Delirium, I'm not sure if I would have read it, if I had all my TBR (to be read) books at my disposal. Yes, I was desperate and I'm glad it paid off. Delirium was off the charts amazing!

Lauren Oliver is a wonderful writer and story teller. I would say that the story started off a bit slow, picked way up in the middle and ended with a bang! I really chewed a hole in the inside of my cheek, the ending was tense, and that didn't even do it justice! The characters in the book were developed perfectly, at a great pace and very like-able. Oliver did a great job explaining how the USA had changed over time and how LOVE was actually a disease.      
I think what I enjoyed most about this book (other than the main characters Alex and Lena) would have to be the plot! It was original enough to wanna keep on reading. I was not able to put this book down, Alex and Lena had wonderful chemistry. Lena was shy and scared in the beginning of the book, yet she grew so strong and fearless. Alex was such a sweet guy, yet he was street smart and liked Lena a lot! Lena was about to be cured from the disease Amore Deliria Nervosa when she met Alex. You'll just have to pick this book up and read it to see what happens between Alex and Lena and the tough journey that lie ahead for them and their disease. You can thank me when your done ;)

I can't wait for the sequel next year. I'm so glad I loved this book and that I can add it to my Dystopian list.


  1. Yay!! I'm so glad you finally read (and loved) it. Delirium is definitely one of my 2011 favorites. Lauren Oliver is truly a spectacular writer. :) Oh, and wasn't that cliffhanger just evil?

  2. I've been putting this one off as well. And I can't believe you ran out of books! :-O haha Great review!

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  3. I also feel completely scattered when I don't know what to read next, that's why I always have to pick something beforehand. I absolutely loved Delirium it was beautifully written and captured me from the start. The world was very well-done and I could imagine it perfectly. I LOVED Lena and Alex.

  4. I just picked this up last night (good timing on the review! LOL) and, 80 pages in, feel that it's not written very well. I love the idea of the book and will finish it, but so far I feel like the author is spoon-feeding me information. Then again, I've noticed this trend with YA dystopian novels.

  5. I always have some sort of issue with dystopian but i did really like delirium.. i just hope alex is in book 2!

  6. I didn't like Delirium but I really liked the end... =(

  7. Book 2 can't come out too soon! I finished reading Delirium late at night when my parents thought I was asleep. I had to bite my pillow to stop myself from screaming when I finished the last chapter! Alex HAS to be in book 2!!!!! I'm not going to say what made me want to scream....READ THE BOOK AND FIND OUT!!! SHUT THE COMPUTER OFF AND GO READ!!!!

  8. I love your site- it is so cute! I was blessed to get an advanced reader's copy of Pandemonium and it is amazing! Non-stop action and starts up right when Delirium left off. I might even like the second one better! Now, because I read the second one early, I have to wait FOREVER for the 3rd one.

  9. Mom of 5,

    Thanks so much!! I love this book too. I'm so jealous that you got to read Pandemonium already. I was supposed to get a copy, but I'm afraid I've been lost in the shuffle....I read Delirium almost 7 months before it came out, so I've been waiting FOREVER for the next book!


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