Monday, 16 April 2012

Delirium Book Review

Delirium – Book Review
Lauren Oliver
YA Dystopian
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.
All I can say is wow! This book was fantastic and completely swept me a way. Based on the concept that love is a disease, the story is set in a world where love and emotions have been almost completely eradicated.  The laws stating that love is the root of all things evil and hurtful, therefore scientists created a procedure to cure mankind of this terrible disease, freeing them from the pains and suffering caused by emotion. The only glitch – the cure only works on adults eighteen or over.
However for Lena Holloway, her eighteenth birthday cannot come soon enough. After witnessing firsthand how the disease of love (deliria) consumed her mother to the point of madness, Lena looks forward to the day when she can look back on her childhood with the neutral detachment brought about by the cure. But then she meets Alex, an uncured ‘invalid’ from the wilds and suddenly, Lena finds that catching the ‘love-bug’ might not be so terrible after all…
First things first, I loved how each chapter began with an excerpt from ‘The Book of Shhh’, a Bible slash rulebook of this new loveless world. Not only did it give a broad insight to the kind of society Lena was raised in, but it really made you think of how life would be in a world absent of feelings. Basically pretty boring and robotic.
Furthermore as the story goes on, you see through Lena’s eyes the implications of living in her world. Not only is it impossible to form romantic attachments but parents have no feeling towards their children, siblings act like strangers and friends are soon forgotten. Everyone just goes through life with casual indifference towards their fellow humans.
Yet as falling in love goes against everything that Lena has been taught, it is interesting to watch as she comes to terms and acknowledges her own feelings. However while her romance with Alex is sweet and heart wrenching to read, the relationship between Lena and her best friend Hana is also a key element of the story. The trust and loyalty shared between them defines true friendship and shows a different, but no less important, level of caring for another.
Honestly this book was simply amazing and I can’t praise it enough. Beautifully written, it is a stunning read. I would honestly recommend that adults and YAs alike give it a try as the concept alone is completely thought-provoking. Also when you combine it all with the books dramatic ending, I am eagerly awaiting the sequel. 4 ½ stars!

1 comment:

  1. I really want to read this book! It sounds amazing. Glad you enjoyed it, great review :)