Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Hardcover: 441
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: Harper Teen
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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.

Delirium was fast paced, action packed, and made you question love itself. Lena has grown up knowing the deliria nervosa made her mother jump off that cliff. It changed her. She grew up knowing that her day of treatment would be coming up and she would no longer have to worry about contracting the deliria. She knew the symptoms, the laws, and everything to do with it so she was ready to be cured. That was until she met Alex and makes her question everything.

This book was beautifully written and had a well driven plot. I had been meaning to get around to reading it for almost a year since it came out, then my girlfriend basically told me I had to read it soon because it was one of her all-time favorite YA books. So I did. At first, I was reading it and it was just taking me a while to get in to, then I got the audiobook instead and tore through it!

The story really picked up for me after the first 200 pages, which may seem like a lot but it's worth it, and carried the rest of the story through with action on every page. And the ending, oh how I didn't expect the ending AT ALL. It leads well into Pandemonium and I can't wait to start that soon!

About the Audiobook:
Sarah Drew, who read, did an awesome job. She also read the audio for Before I Fall, Oliver's debut novel, which I now really want to listen to instead of reading just for her reading. She really brought the characters to life and added her own inflections for each one so they sounded different. I could feel the action scenes through her voice and the same for the calm and loving scenes. Overall, the audiobook was definitely worth the listen!


  1. If you like this, you will certainly like Pandemonium too.

  2. Oh, I already have! I loved it! I actually read Delirium back in February and read Pandemonium right after. :)

  3. This review is so convenient since I just got Delirium a couple days ago. I'm really glad you  liked it, and I can't wait to read it!
    Thanks for the review! :)

  4. I loved the audiobook too. I especially loved the bit (this is not a spoiler) at the end where they had music over the last words. I've never seen that in an audiobook before. 

    I'm won a copy Pandemonioum and I am reading it now instead of buying the audiobook, but it's weird not having the voices. - Kat

  5. the guy's name is alex btw. :)
    i loved the book & highly recommend it to everyone<3