Release date: February 1st, 2011
Author: Lauren Oliver
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.
I would have given these book 4 stars if the ending didn’t leave me so utterly confused. There’s usually at least one small thread of hope left after you read a dystopian novel but for this book I saw none at all. It may be just me but I think that defeats the purpose of a dystopian novel.
But overall the book was amazing! This is the type of dystopian novel where the person living in the dystopian world begins to see the corruption of their seemingly perfect society when an outsider points it out to them. The romance between Lenah and Alex was believable and well developed. I also really liked her best friend, Hana, even though she wasn’t really what I thought she was like in the beginning of the book.
The world-building was great! I found it really hard to try to imagine a world without love, and if that did ever happen Delirium is a life-like portrayal of it. Hopefully the abrupt ending actually means that there will be a sequel because I’m definitely looking forward to finding out more. I have some theories about there being a rebellion. I’ll just have to wait and see. Would I recommend Delirium? Yes—to all the dystopian fans out there you should definitely give this a shot.