Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Delirium (ARC)

Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre: Young-Adult - Dystopian/Romance
Publication Date: February 1, 2011
Age Range: Young Adult
Pages:  440
Date Scoot Read: October 2010
: Galley from Harper Teen via netGalley

Scoot's Rating:
10 – Amazing! Loved it. Read it now!

Synopsis (via Goodreads)
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. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

Scoot’s Review:
I loved this story.  It was an intense emotional ride from start to finish.  The story follows Lena, a seventeen year old girl who has grown up in a world where love and affection are a disease and highly illegal.  In her world at the age of 18 each person is ‘cured’ of the disease and set in motion on their predetermined life plan. Lena, who despite years of being conditioned otherwise finds Romeo & Juliet and sunsets beautiful, begins the story counting down the days to her cure in happy anticipation.  However, Lena’s secure reality is shattered after meeting Alex.  Slowly Lena comes to realize the truth behind amor deliria nervosa, and her countdown goes from happy anticipation to fear.  I literally could not put this book down.  I was totally wrapped up into the story and didn’t want to stop reading, and then when it was over I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  Lauren Oliver has a way of writing that is clearly descriptive without being overly superfluous.  I loved it.  I enjoyed the writing style and how slowly as Lena’s point of view would adjust she would remember elements of her past where the reader can easily see the cruelty and suppression of those who rule the world she lives in. This story had me alternating between smiling with giddiness, wringing my fingers in worry, and crying with heartbreak.  Delirium is a beautiful and tragic story and I can’t wait to read more.  I highly recommend grabbing up a copy when it comes out in February!


Anonymous said...

I'm going to have to agree wholeheartedly! I got an ARC yesterday at work and stayed in bed all afternoon reading it from cover to cover! SOOO good!

Katie Edwards said...

Ahhh, first review I've read of this book so far. I wants! Before I Fall was one of my Big Discoveries of this year, and so I can't wait to read more from Ms Oliver.

Miss Page-Turner said...

I REALLY want to read this one, the idea is so innovative and the excerpt of Delirium is a very good one!Hope to get an ARC myself soon:)

Patricia M said...

Looks interesting. I will have to check it out. :D

Jennifer said...

I read Lauren Oliver's other book. Before I fall. I am dying to read Delirium. I cannot wait till my library gets it. It sounds so good!

Lizzy said...

Now that Delirium is out, I need to pick up a copy! I haven't read her first book, but this one is definitely on my wish list.

Violette said...

Oh man! This sounds fantastic! Hearth-wrenching? Tragic? I'm SO in. Thank you for the great review.


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