February 12, 2013

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Title: Delirium (Delirium #1) 
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: February 7th, 2012 (First published February 1st, 2011)

Rating: 4/5

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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.

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.

I had wanted to read this book for a while, especially for all the buzz around it and also because I have read very good reviews about it; I´ve finally read it and I really liked it.

Delirium tells the story of a dystopian society that conclude that everything bad in the world is because of love: war, crime, hatred and even mental and physical illnesses all is caused by love, so the U.S. government decides that love should be destroyed, so the society is contained in walled cities for the sake of the people and every citizen is subject to an operation at their eighteen birthday to release them from the deadly disease - amor deliria nervosa.

Delirium is told from Lena´s POV, she is too scared of getting amor deliria nervosa  for various things that happened in her past, she like most of the population is sure that the disease is deadly and that if she becomes infected with the disease she will die. Lena is counting the days to her eighteenth birthday, because that day she will be cured but 95 days before her operation she meets Alex, a guy that will change her way of thinking, feeling and she will do the unthinkable .... falling in love.

My favorite character of the story is definitely Alex, he´s very real, always says what he feels and what he thinks and his romance with Lena is sweet, slow and cute. Lena on other hand bothered me more than one occasion because all her fears and insecurities. And another good character was Lena´s best friend Hana, she always supports her.

This book starts very slow because of the world building and is one of those books that I started to like it, bit by bit, especially because I felt that the beginning was Lena´s inner monologue, with almost no dialogue, but as it progressed the plot I started to like it more and the writing is beautiful a little bit poetic. It is a book that after I finish reading it got me thinking about it and assimilating the story and not to mention that ENDING! is of mayor cliffhanger and I cry like a baby.

This is a book for fans of dystopian novels.

Favorites quotes
You can´t be happy unless you´re unhappy sometimes. You know that, right?
I'd rather die my way than live yours.
Love: It will kill you and save you, both.

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  1. The ending of this book BROKE MY HEART. I was an emotional mess for days afterwards, but it was SUCH a good book. I can't wait for you to read the rest of the series!!

  2. I've heard really good things about this series, too. I always like the first book in a series because of all the world building. It doesn't even bother me that it goes a little slower. I like figuring out how their world works.

  3. Alex is also my favorite character from this series, he's just so frickin' lovable and UNFFF <33

    And I cannot believe that I don't include favorite quotes as well in my reviews, I HIGHLIGHT SO MUCH STUFF IN BOOKS, this is the greatest idea ever!!

  4. I still haven't read this book! Good to know I'm not the only blogger late to the Delirium party! Glad to hear you liked it too and that it's still getting good reviews. :)

  5. I've heard that this series is really good. Thanks for the review!

  6. Hmm.....you were right about the hype of it. And I don't want to be that person who becomes a fan because of the hype--like how I was/am with Twilight: I became a fan in 2006--WAY before the hype; and with The Hunger Games: I became a fan in 2008/2009. It was only when HG was becoming a movie that it got insanely hyper (with Twilight it was around Eclipse/Breaking Dawn book release). So I'm not sure if I want to join the bandwagon quite yet. But I guess this is the "sweet spot", the hype from the release has died down and the hype for the movie is nonexistent(yet). So I'll see if my library has a copy and put it on my TBR pile....maybe.

  7. I'm very ashamed to say I haven't read this series, yet, but I'm looking forward to reading it. Especially after hearing it's gonna be a TV series.

  8. Even though I liked this book, I felt that it dragged on a bit at some points and that Lena was whiny sometimes, but still, the end was mindblowing!

  9. Yea, that ending was crazy! I loved this book! Glad you enjoyed it too! Great review! <3

  10. I love dystopian fiction and have had this on my shelf for awhile now. I've been waiting on the release of book two to read them back to back. Great review!

  11. I must admit to shying away from this series, maybe even the author a little. So many people adore it, but the ones that don't, REALLY don't. I must admit that my curiosity is growing though. I liked your review.

  12. The first time I read this book I felt it was slow and then loved it from the middle to the end. The second time I read it I devoured it from beginning to end. It is a heartbreaking ending and now I seriously can't wait to see how this series ends. I hope it doesn't disappoint because I really do love Lauren Oliver's writing style.

  13. I loved this book and gave it 5/5! It's going be made in to a tv series where Emma Roberts is Lena!

  14. Thanks for the review. I think I'm going to add this book on my to-read list. :)

  15. I have tried a couple times to read this book and it's slow so I quit. I don't care for Lena but like Alex. I think I'll try again. Thanks for the review.

  16. it remenber me a romeo and juliette .. a littler a think

  17. I just finished this book and downloaded Pandemonium onto my nook. It took me awhile to get into Delirium. I didn't care for Lena at first. Maybe about half way, I finally got invested in the story and can't wait to read the rest of the series.

  18. This is my favorite book in the series. And of course I love Alex too. <3

  19. I cannot wait to read this book! The mere concept of it baffles me and I am really excited to see how Lauren oliver executes it and how it ends with Requiem.

  20. "Love: It will kill you and save you, both."
    I LOVE that quote! Also, I agree with you, Alex is awesome. Great review! :)

  21. This is the first dystopian series that I've ever read and I totally agree with you that the world building is a bit slow. I loveee your review!