Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Delirium is Lauren Oliver’s highly anticipated second novel that the blog world is in a frenzy about and after reading it I understand why. Delirium is dystopia where the world believes that love is a disease and a surgery can cure and prevent living with “deliria nervosa”. In Delirium Lena is the girl who follows the rules and counts down to the day she will be cured. Lena’s mother had the surgery a number of times and was never successfully cured and before another attempt could be made she jumps off a cliff. The city considered Lena damaged goods and feared that her mother’s sickness would be passed to her. Hana, Lena’s best friend, is beautiful and from a good family, but unlike Lena she tends to be more of a rule breaker. She listens to unapproved music, sneaks out after curfew, and even hangs out with boys who are uncured. All of what Hana does scares Lena because her behavior is completely against the rules and could get her thrown in jail or worse.
Like in all great books there is a boy! Lena first spots Alex 95 days before her cure is supposed to happen. She later meets Alex while out on a run with Hana and while he is already cured she feels a connection with him. Slowly Lena starts to break the rules when she spends more time with Alex. Alex drops a bomb when he confesses that he isn’t cured and comes from the wilds. The city is kept safe by electrified gates and anyone who did not want the cure escaped to the wild. The government assures that living in the wild is barbaric and they will slowly die out if anyone is truly out there.
Lena knows that spending time with Alex are early signs of Delirium, but she slowly gives in anyway. Alex shows her poems and books about love and encourages her to talk about her mother without shame. As the days pass Alex and Lena fall in love, but know that once Lena is cured everything will end. The options are limited, Lena will either be cured, discovered as infected with delirium, or find an escape.
Lauren Oliver’s writing is very poetic and flows nicely which I found similar to Maggie Stiefvater. While Delirium is not fast paced the ending is explosive and leaves you emotionally raw. Dystopia fans will truly enjoy this book as will anyone looking for a beautiful story that takes it time to unfold.
For more on Lauren Oliver visit: www.laurenoliverbooks.com