Delirium

By Lauren Oliver

They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever. And I’ve always believed them. Until now. Now everything has changed. Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.

I’ve loved the influx of dystopian novels to the young adult market. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. My dearest wish as a pre-teen/teenager has finally come true.

I started off really wanting to like this book, but I didn’t exactly love it. Though I acknowledge it could be because I’d been reading so much over my Christmas vacation that I was actually (gasp!) sick of reading. Whatever the reason, I felt like Delirium started off a bit slow.

It starts in summer and the whole novel had a “summer feel” to it….hot, dreamy, and endless. Lena really annoyed me at the beginning…how she tried so hard to just be good and not break any rules. And especially how she kept saying she wasn’t pretty, that she was just average looking, how she kept comparing herself to Hanna. It felt like Bella, 2.0 (Twilight).

About halfway through though, everything changes. Lena gets “infected” and suddenly things start moving. I liked her relationship with Alex and the relationship she had with little Grace, particularly how Grace ends up helping her by keeping her secrets.

SPOILERS!

I initially liked Hanna because she was so fearless and seemed so happy and energetic. But as Lena herself points out at the end, Hanna likes the idea of being rebellious more than actually putting it into action. Even after everything she knows, when she’s given the chance to break free, she doesn’t take it.

Conversely, this is where Lena really starts to shine. When she falls in love with Alex, she takes risks and starts dreaming big. She finally sees that her life is a lie.

END SPOILERS

I loved the poems and quotations from The Book of Shhh and the other texts their government uses to control them. Those were a nice touch to the world-building AND I found a new favorite poem…”I Carry Your Heart”
by E.E. Cummings.

I’m looking forward to reading the next books in the series and seeing how this all plays out for Lena and Alex.

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