Released: February 1st, 2011
Pages: 448 (hardcover)
Source: Publicist & Bought
Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn't understand that once love--the deliria--blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold.
"Everyone is asleep. They've been asleep for years.
Lena cannot wait to be cured when she turns eighteen. She doesn't want to be affected by amor deliria nervousa, to become infected by love. But when her best friend, Hana, sparks something inside of her with a few words, Lena becomes more questioning and aware of her life. And once she begins associating with Alex, a young man she shouldn't be befriending, everything changes. The day she once counted down to is fast approaching, only Lena isn't so sure she wants to be cured anymore.
In Delirium, Lauren Oliver introduces Lena and her society in such a way that you can't help but to feel as though you're looking in on a very different yet realistic life. I liked this novel the first time, but fell in love with the story even more after rereading it - this novel really is more stunning than I can convey. The beginning is slowly paced, yes, but it sets the groundwork and helps show the changes Lena goes through more clearly. With a heart-aching romance at the core of Delirium, Oliver delivers an astounding story filled with love, loss, and more than you can even dream of.
Highlights: Love is a disease? Genius. The ending left me in complete shock2. Alex and Lena's romance was sweet and endearing. Side characters, like Hana, were nicely written. Lena's character growth was amazing, too. The epigraphs for each chapter gave a more complete view of Lena's society. Oliver's writing is as stunning as ever in Delirium, and this is simply a story that must be read.
Lowlights: Slow pacing took a bit of time to adjust to, but it's worth it. And the ending! Such torture.
1 spoken by the oh so gorgeous Alex on pg. 230
2 I'm rarely shocked, yet this ending rendered me speechless.
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