Thursday, December 10, 2015

Review: Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver

Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.
I think I would have liked this book more if I had read it when it first came out.

In Delirium, Lena is looking forward to have the procedure done and have her whole life already worked out. However, after meeting Alex and discovering what the dreaded delirium is really like, she realizes that maybe she's making a huge mistake.

I have read lots of dystopian books over the years, which was probably why I didn't enjoy this as much as I could have. Well, that and I wasn't that big a fan of Lena either.

I don't think there were really any big moments that I hadn't anticipated in some way. There are certain elements that I have come to expect when it comes to YA dystopian novels and there were plenty of those here. As such, the book was predictable for me. However, it wasn't terrible at all, because there were plenty of beautiful and heart-wrenching lines here that made reading this book worth it.

The love story was like that for me, as well. Predictable, but still beautiful to see, and I was definitely rooting for them.

As for the characters, to be honest, I liked Hana more than Lena. Lena was anxious for a great deal of the book, and I felt it in my core. It made for good atmosphere during action sequences, but for the rest, it made me feel uneasy and made me want to skip ahead.


  1. There are plenty of beautiful lines.
  2. There are well-written action sequences.
  3. There are quite a few interesting characters. 


  1. If you've read a lot of dystopian novels before, you may find this book predictable. 

The most dangerous sicknesses are those that make us believe we are well. 

  1. You love forbidden romance stories.
  2. You are just starting to get interested in dystopian novels.
  3. You've had your heart broken.




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