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 government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway 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.
I really loved Delirium. The writing is beautiful. Lauren Oliver really does a great job and I greatly admire her writing. Trust me when I say Lauren Oliver can write. She is the kind of writer that takes something you've thought or felt and puts it in the exact, right words. She makes you feel. Oliver is without a doubt an artist and she has made a fan out of me. I like the way she presents her characters. My favorites would have to be Grace and Alex. I really like Alex! He is a keeper. I am considering allowing him to become one of my fictional boyfriends! He should be proud. It is an honor just to be considered. Hmm...You know what? Upon further consideration, I'm going to go ahead and induct him into my Hall of Book Boyfriends!! You heard it here first folks!
Anywho, Lauren Oliver writes a beautiful story. I really like how Lena is confronted with her own prejudices. She has been taught that love is a disease that, like cancer, destroys you from the inside. But a boy comes into her life and makes her question what she has accepted througout her entire life. It really makes you wonder about the beliefs we accept and it makes you see the importance of love. Love is in all the little things that make life worthwhile; it is freedom and without it we lose who we are. The dystopian society Oliver presents is very close to our own and thus gives the story a personal element that really allows readers to connect. As the story progresses you begin to see Lena grow and mature. Throughout the entire novel, the writing remains beautiful. As for the ending…well there is a bit of a painful cliffhanger, but it is a beautiful and poetic ending that makes sense even as it introduces your heart to a cheese-grater... I don’t know what else to say about the ending...I really love the last words of the novel . But, yea, the powerful ending might make you experience the following:
Just keep in mind that a novel that can really make you feel for its characters in such a powerful manner is most definetly a good one!
Now, on to the next one!
Most of the time reading this book had me going "This is all well and good, but lets get to the good stuff!" You see, I was still having trouble getting over the ending of Delirium. But then I got to the end and I was like "There it is! Wait, don't end, I need more! More I tell you! *clutches heart*!!"Yep, that's the best way to describe my reading of this book. I really want to see where we go from here. Lauren Oliver is a terrific writer so I know that she has a purpose and I cannot wait to see how everything unfolds.
Why were you ever born?! Why?! Just make like a tree and let someone chop you up with an axe! Away with you! Nobody wants you here! Seriously, I hate you.
What have you done?!!! You've ruined everything, you ungrateful, faithless, little swine! You go to hell! HELL! You are the root of all evil! I hate you! This is all your fault! I hate you! I hate you!
“I know that the whole point—the only point—is to find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go.”
“Everytime he brushes me with his fingers, time seems to tether for a second, like it is in danger of dissolving. The whole world is dissolving, I decide, except for us. Us.”