Saturday, November 6, 2010

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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.

— description

I am teetering on the edge of being a total Lauren Oliver fangirl, especially after swooning over Before I Fall. I recognize this.


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!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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.


  1. what a lovely awesome review :) i really can't wait for this one - it sounds amazing and swoon-y and just all round awesome.

    also - thanks for the blog link - I'm following her now :)

    (and I liked Before I Fall - really quite brilliant - although it was so AMerican - the school sand stuff, felt so different to Aussie culture :)

  2. All of a sudden, in the midst of all the vampire books, I'm discovering a whole lot of dystopias as well. I loved Before I Fall, and will certainly be reading this one when it's released. Thanks for the great review.

  3. I've heard great things about this book, but after reading your review I'm definitely pumped to read this one when it comes out! I trust your judgment :-) Awesome review!

  4. Just reading your review made my heart start pounding all over again. Can't wait to get this one out there to my teen readers. I loved Before I Fall, too, and actually didn't realize this was the same author when I ordered it from NetGalley!

  5. This book is just sitting on my dining room table, screaming "READ ME" and yet, I have sadly ignored it until now. After this review, I may just have to bump it up on the TBR list even more. AND...I have Before I Fall too and haven't read it. I'm a bundle of epic fail right now. Love the review and yay for NetGalley!!

  6. I looooved Delirium.. it was one of those books that actually made me delay starting my next book because I was still thinking about the story and the characters.

  7. omg dude, just DUDE!! Are you are are you not STILL completely spazzing out over this book? because i think i may have been spoiled for all other books, I just want to curl up inside it's pages and live there forever and ever. Or y'know, bribe lauren with scones and clotted cream for the next book because I need it, I NEED IT RIGHT NOW.

  8. Awesome review! I'll be featuring it in Deliriously Falling soon! I'd like to invite you to stop by, it's a Lauren Oliver Fan Page, and we've got her blessing!
    There's a contest currently going if you're interested.

    Thanks for your review!
    It's great!

  9. Carla, LOL, I know!

    One more thing, Anna, I think you mean Alex, not Adam.

  10. This book is pretty much one of the best things I have ever read. Ever ever. I can't wait until it is out so I can buy it and read it all over again.

  11. I didn't actually care so much for Before I Fall. I found it a little repetitive. But I'm actually super excited to read Delirium! Its definitely sounds unique.

  12. Ahhh I know I've got his name wrong but am on vacay and cannot fix! Sorry gang! Xoxo Anna

  13. Awesome review! I loved Before I Fall and the concept of this one sounds really incredibly amazing -- your review convinced me that it lives up to the concept. I'm so psyched for this book :D

  14. Ahhhh I can't wait to read this and swoon over Alex too! I love the ones that have characters that make you think about them for extended periods of time after you read them:) Dying to read this! Thanks for your thoughts:)

  15. I heard a lot of good things about this book but it wasn't until I read your review that I decided to check it out. And I loved it! I'll definitely be coming to your site for more book recommendations :)

    I write reviews too, if you're interested!


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