Series: Delirium #1
Published by HarperTeen on February 7th 2012
Genres: Love & Romance, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
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.
To be honest, this isn’t the first time that I tried listening to this audiobook.
WHAT WAS WRONG WITH ME?
This book was so good! I listened to most of it, except for the last two chapters. No earphones and public decency begged me to sit on the floor of the bookstore and read. My eyes were flying across the page so fast for that last bit I’m shocked that I didn’t devour this book sooner. That ending! Oh. My. Word. That ending.
Anyway, before I talk about that…I should probably talk about how much I loved all the stuff before it. Because I did—I loved it so much. Lauren Oliver astounds me with all the different worlds and character that she creates. Panic was nothing like Before I Fall, and Delirium was nothing like either of those books.
The world of Delirium was isolated and strict. Lena lived behind a façade of perfection. In her world, love was a disease. Everyone had a procedure done at the age of eighteen that took away the ability to love. It made the people around Lena sad. She didn’t see it because she hadn’t known anything different. She didn’t want to accept that she might love someone—her best friend, her cousin, Alex—because it meant she was like her mother. I loved every moment of Lena discovering the truth, discovering that love was nothing like what the world had taught her to believe. It had the perfect amount of hope shadowed in pain.
I loved Alex. I liked what he stood for and how he taught Lena to believe in the beauty of love. His laughing voice and leaves-colored hair stole my heart. I want more of him in the series—I need more of him. (I’ll admit, I’ve skimmed some…)
Delirium is opulent and sensuous in romance and thrill. Lauren Oliver has a way with words that puts you in the middle of the story, captures your heart and traps it there until the last page. I can’t wait to continue this series (so much so that I’ve already picked up the next book). Whether you listen to the audiobook, which is fantastic, dive into a hard copy, or do a little of both, this is a story that deserves to be read.