Thursday, October 21, 2010
Delirium- Lauren Oliver
Author: Lauren Oliver
Author website: http://www.laurenoliverbooks.com/
Rating (1-5): 5
Cover rating: 4
Description: 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 Holway 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.
This is a novel I'll continue to read over and over again. It's beautiful and tragic. Lovely and crazy. Romantic and terrifying. I can't imagine a world without love. If I was forced to live in that world, I'd be an invalid. No doubt about that. There are so many twists and turns. This world is ugly yet beautiful. The fight to keep love alive, to keep in going in a world where it's forbidden is terribly romantic and amazing. It's not 2011 yet, but I know it will be one of my favorite reads of the year. And probably many years after that. This is the most romantic and powerful love stories since Romeo and Juliet. Although I know there will be many mixed opinions about this novel, please read it and form your own opinion before turning away.
I'm nervous to describe Lena and Alex to you. I'm nervous to give away the secrets of this book. Every page is a rush, every page holds something new. It's really a discovery you need to discover on your own instead of from a review. It's funny, terrifying, adorable, passionate, cruel. But, the characters are lively and real. The drastic differences are described with utter beauty. The teenagers are wonderful. The feelings and emotions. I love Lena and Alex. I love Hana. I love this book so, so much.
Oliver describes falling in love perfectly. The feelings, emotions, rushes, all of the first times. It's utterly perfect. I was smiling and laughing, remembering what it was like to fall in love. This novel contains one of the most romantic scenes I have ever read. This novel will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat, biting your nails dying to flip to that next page. It will leave you breathless and swooning. This is a truly thrilling novel.