Review: ‘Delirium’ by Lauren Oliver

Review: ‘Delirium’ by Lauren OliverDelirium by Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #1
Published by HarperTeen on August 2nd, 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Post Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Pages: 441
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought in-store
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.

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Lena is a 16 year old girl who can’t wait to get the cure from the disease called love. The government controls and monitors everything in her world. For example everything set on the intranet is written by government agencies and even digital books must be approved and licensed and for a fee one may be able to download them. The Invalids are a strong rebel force who wreck chasos onto the cured society of people. Their alleigence stands for what society should be.

I love her struggle between being a cured person to being an invalid. Her thoughts ricochet in her head like a well played tennis match and you can how much she denies that she’s in love. Then when she finally realizes she is, it’s beautiful. She feels weak, and strong at the same time. Nor does she care that she could get caught.

The scene where they start making out and Lena touches the contours of Alex’s back felt so real. Just imagine you have never seen a boy naked and he’s close to you, your warmth guided by his body of course you would feel lust. Lena being completely clueless loves it just as much because it finally awakens get human desires. Just as much as when Alex tells her she’s beautiful and she finally believes him made me smile. I definitely have noticed a recurring theme in most YA novels: plain Janes with low self esteem and a hunky gorgeous guy who falls in love with them. Ok maybe I get the fact that the author needs their characters to be relatable to attract readers, but really..did Lena really have to belittle herself so much? She only believes she’s beautiful when Alex says she is! I can be a bit if a feminist so this irked me to no end. Then once Lena falls in love, the date of her scheduled cure looms over her head like a grey cloud.

Her friendship with Hana is just as strong any between two childhood best friends. I love Lena’s character. She show strength and leads Lena but at the same time Lena teaches Hana there’s more to their caged city life.

Love between Alex, Hana, Grace and her own mother. She has learned that she’s always loved these people in her life and I couldn’t help but be proud of how much her character grew.

Lena rescuing herself felt so real and I loved how Alex becomes the hero and recuses her with the help of Grace. Call me old-fashioned but I still love it when guys want to be the “prince.” True to a hero’s form, he sacrifices himself only to rescue Lena, as she escapes from the confines of Portland. And I have to admit, I actually teared when I read that.

I cannot wait until the sequel Pandemonium!





  1. bhwrn1

    November 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    I really love Oliver. To be honest, I didn’t like this book as much as the second (unusual for a trilogy IMO). But I did love the set up and the plot.

  2. Mandy Earles (@meryvamp)

    August 16, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    I’ve heard such great things about this book. I think I’d enjoy it so I’m gonna give it a chance. Thanks for the review!

  3. fatma shahin

    August 8, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    I loved the concept of this book! It’s so crazy, it’s amazing. The writing style was oh so incredible and Lauren Oliver definitely did not disappoint!

  4. FJ

    June 21, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    One of my favorites 🙂

  5. Cali W.

    April 27, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Great review! I loved this book as well! I thought each chapter brought out excitement. The trailer is cool too, I haven’t seen it till now. 🙂

  6. Joss Alv.

    February 17, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Thank you so much! Great Review ! I love the book so far! I’d start reading it this week, and OMG! I Love it!

    Thank youuuuu! Love your review! 😀

  7. Cha

    November 24, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Thanks for your review, it made me want to read the next book more. 🙂

  8. Cassi

    October 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    I’m glad to see that you liked this…it’s one of my favorites 🙂

  9. Grace Lo

    October 17, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    I love your deep review, which I totally agree with.
    Some books aren’t for reading twice. I know. I love this the first round, which made me bawl my eyes out in the end. (You know what happened.) But the second time I read this it didn’t pack the kind of punch that I wanted to relive when I read this book. (Does that make me some sort of junkie who lives off of emotional books?)
    Another issue with it was that it had a sequel. At first, I was like “AWW YEAH” but then I thought about it. Do I want to watch Lena get over everything and destroy my dreams of Lena + Alex = <3 with some boy that gets mentioned in the synopsis of the book, or do I want to live that forever despairingly beautiful ending? I choose the latter.
    Anyhow, love this book, and it'll always have a special place in my heart.

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