Delirium is one of those books that has been on my radar since it came out (back in 2012), but quickly got buried amongst other books on my TBR list and then, unfortunately, forgotten. That is until I read Amanda’s post asking for volunteers to write some reviews for her. I knew right away that I wanted to participate and so when I spotted Delirium on the list I jumped at the opportunity to finally try reading it. So another huge thank you to Amanda for putting this whole thing together and giving me the book!
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Release Date: February 7, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
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. (Goodreads)
My Bookish Thoughts:
Delirium ended up being a two sitting book. I started out super into it and couldn’t put it down, then at some point after halfway I set it down for a few minutes and realized that there wasn’t much about where I left off that had me dying to pick it back up. So it ended up sitting around for quite some time before I convinced myself to pick it back up.
The first half was super interesting and had a lot going on, but then there was this huge section between the middle and the end that slowed way down. That lasted until the last few chapters of the book, which was a huge disappointment.
The other major problem I had was the ending and at times, parts of the plot. The ending was this huge melodramatic production and was extremely predictable. Really, a lot of the plot was on the predictable side, but this was mostly true of the ending.
The main characters really grew on me over the course of the book. I loved Lena and Hanna’s friendship. It was strong but realistic, with ups and downs and typical conflicts. Lena was a pretty well rounded character in the beginning and by the middle she had become very dear to me, unfortunately after that my opinion of her quickly slid down hill. Her personality completely changed and she became over dramatic, lost a lot of her strength and at times, had a tendency to wallow and melt down. I was really upset by this, because she had started out with so much potential and then by the end, she had become all the things book lovers complain about, and she became rather tiresome to read about. Ending Lena was not what I’d want my nieces to aspire to be like.
I thought the concept and messages that Delirium was built upon were very intriguing. The quotes from the Book of Shhh that started off each chapter were a great addition to the story. The whole storyline really was genius and blended so many different opinions on love together into this fantastic statement, unfortunately the few major flaws I mentioned above, detracted greatly from all this.
While I found this book to be thoroughly entertaining and its messages on love were captivating, I was very frustrated with how the ending went down and how slow it got to be at times.
Since it had its fair share of redeeming moments I’m giving it 3 out of 5 stars.
About the Reviewer:
Briana is a junior in High School and has been running her blog, Reader, Writer, Critic, for roughly three years now. Other than her couch and the tennis courts, her favorite place to spend time is at Liberty Bay Books. Briana firmly believes that with dark chocolate, tea, and books, she can do anything.
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