By Lauren Oliver
To be released February 1, 2011
HarperCollins, 448 pages
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.
— GoodReads.com description
I am teetering on the edge of being a total Lauren Oliver fangirl, especially after swooning over Before I Fall. I recognize this.
BUT HOLY COW YOU HAVE GOT TO GO PREORDER THIS BOOK STAT. REALLY, NOW.
I am in love with this book.
She's crafted this dystopian society in which love in all forms (familial, friendship, romantic...even love for the earth and for animals) is forbidden—which is so out there—and yet she is miraculously able to make it seem completely realistic.
By the end of this book, I was left feeling emotionally raw. I cannot stop thinking about these characters! I am not exaggerating when I say I did a fist-pump in the air when I learned that this was part of a trilogy. The ending was painful and perfect, and I wouldn't change a thing, but it is a relief to know there's more to come. 'Cause, ya know, I'm feeling a little addicted now.
The best part of this book for me is that Oliver was able to take us along Lena's journey of learning to love and to express that love. We were never simply told how Lena felt; we saw each step of the buildup and came to the big understandings at the same pace she did. I have no bigger pet peeve than being told two characters are in love. In Delirium, you feel it with every ounce of your body. It's strong, and it'll stay with you for days.
(Alex, by the way, has officially made it my Top 10 Fictional Crushes list. He is the very definition of "swoon.")
It's a powerful book that really speaks to the fact that love is what keeps us going and is at the very core of everything that makes us human, makes us good and makes life worth living.
Check out an excerpt from the book here.
Many thanks to HarperCollins and NetGalley for sending me an ARC to read on my Kindle.
You might also like: Before I Fall, also by Oliver, in case I have not mentioned it enough already!
PS: Here's the other thing I need to say about Lauren Oliver before I temporary shut up about her. She's got an absolutely delightful blog in which she crafts writing exercises and shares writing tips for other authors. Her pay-it-forward attitude really has earned my respect, I have to say.