AUTHOR: Lauren Oliver
RELEASE DATE: August 2, 2011
They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever.
And I’ve always believed them.
Now everything has changed.
Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.
Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.
DELIRIUM took me by surprise. I held off reading it for awhile because I didn’t think Oliver could pull it off. Despite the rave reviews, I thought that a world without love, a world where love was considered a fatal disease wouldn’t work.
It worked beautifully.
DELIRIUM took my breath away with it’s adamant belief that love was a fatal disease. That the cure which took away love and every intense emotion was the only cure. I was ironically in love with the way everyone was brainwashed into thinking this was the only way. I was also in love with the way people rebelled.
Oliver’s carefully constructed world was flawless. Her characters were full of emotion and depth. I could feel the struggle Lena and Hana went through as they rebelled against the constraints of society. I could feel their need to be free.
The only thing I wish could have been better was Alex. He was a little bit too much like Edward Cullen. A little bit too stalkerish and cardboard for my taste.
DELIRIUM was heart-breaking and I loved every minute it. It wasn’t perfect but I can forgive it a few flaws for the unique plot that had me in its grips from the start.