Book Review: Delirium

Delirium #1
Author: Lauren Oliver
Pages: 440 pgs
Reading Level: YA
Release Date: February 1st 2011
Review Source: NetGalley
Available: Amazon / Barnes & Noble  / Borders

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 governments 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.

What a concept Lauren Oliver gives us in Delirium. A world in which Love is now a disease and feared by all. You can say love is the equivalent of Cancer now in our world or maybe even worse. At around the age of 18 you are set for your procedure to cure you from Amor Deliria Nervosa. Delirium did start off a bit slow for me, but I understand why. It was building up to the part where it just Hook, Line and Sinker you's and all you want to do is turn the pages at a blinding speed. The world that Lauren created here is new and exciting to read about. This was my 1st novel that I read from Lauren and it will not be my last.

We meet Lena, she is counting down the days to her procedure and its all she is looking forward too since she could remember. She lost her mother to suicide from Deliria and now lives with her Aunt and Uncle and sister. Then we meet Alex the guard who is "cured". Little by little Alex causes changes in Lena's way of thinking. Then he finally admits to her something very life altering and well, Lena's world that she has always known now has been changed forever. The ending completely Owned me, Now I feel like Lena counting down everyday to the release of the second novel. On February 1st make sure you run out and pick up your copy of Delirium or if you have the Nook or Kindle download it.

I'm excited about meeting Lauren Oliver on Feb 1st when she comes to Houston and visits at Blue Willow bookshop.


  1. I thought this book was good until about 75% through, then it turned into fantastic! I didn't realize I cared so much about the characters until the very end! My reaction was a surprise to me.

  2. This is such a fantastic book! I absolutely loved it!!

  3. To be honest I wasn't sure about this book but after reading your review I am definitely going to add it to my books-to-read list.

  4. I thought everybody has read Before I Fall before reading Delirium :)

    one more review that reminds me to have this book next februari

    nice review.


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