June 11, 2011

Review: Delirium

Title: Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver

Published: February 3, 2011
Publisher: Harper Teen

Pages: 441
Format: Hardcover

Goodreads Summary:

Amazon Best Books of the Month, February 2011: Lena Haloway is content in her safe, government-managed society. She feels (mostly) relaxed about the future in which her husband and career will be decided, and looks forward to turning 18, when she’ll be cured of deliria, a.k.a. love. She tries not to think about her mother’s suicide (her last words to Lena were a forbidden “I love you”) or the supposed “Invalid” community made up of the uncured just beyond her Portland, Maine, border. There’s no real point—she believes her government knows how to best protect its people, and should do so at any cost. But 95 days before her cure, Lena meets Alex, a confident and mysterious young man who makes her heart flutter and her skin turn red-hot. As their romance blossoms, Lena begins to doubt the intentions of those in power, and fears that her world will turn gray should she submit to the procedure. In this powerful and beautifully written novel, Lauren Oliver, the bestselling author of Before I Fall, throws readers into a tightly controlled society where options don’t exist, and shows not only the lengths one will go for a chance at freedom, but also the true meaning of sacrifice. --Jessica Schein

My Review:

It deffinatly wasn't what I thought it was going to be.

Which is good, because I can't even remember what I used to think of this book before I read it. I just know that I was deffinatly surprised.

There were some things in this book that were pretty obvious. The chain of events sometimes made it seem like the classic Romeo and Juliet story of forbidden love. Which is kind of ironic since love is forbidden in the book "Delirium".

Yet, the basic problem of this book made it exactly the opposite of the classic R&J story line. It kind of gives forbidden love a whole new meaning.

I didn't really like Lena as a character. Sure, she went from believing deeply in the teachings of their society to a memeber of the resistance, but I still didn't like her. She was kind of plain, nothing that could really distinugish her from other female protagonists. And maybe that's how she's supposed to be.

I really like Hana. She seemed like the basic rebel girl who in the end is just content rebelling against society. But its the way she thought and just her overal personality that made me like her even more. It may have been that was the way it was supposed to be, that you would like Hana over Lena.

I'm so glad that this is a series! For a moment I was afraid it was a lone book, but of course not. Lone books don't really exist anymore in this consuming society, because a series means selling more and making more and overall gaining more. (Just read Brave New World for all those who got that). I can see the sequal not being about Lena though. Sure, we all want to know whats going to happen to Alex, but I kind of want it to be that the next book is about someone else breaking from society and meeting up with Lena and the Invalids.

Who knows? All we have to do is wait for the next on. I hate waiting.

Overall Rating: 4/5

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