Thursday, January 15, 2015

Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Book Review time...

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Book 1 in the Delirium Trilogy, and I really enjoyed book one; I was hooked from the moment I started, and who wouldn't be if the book starts by telling you that love is forbidden, that it's a disease?  I mean, how is that even possible to believe, I was intrigued by all means, so I dove in head first.

Lena is our main character and she is 17 years old and she explains to us why love is forbidden, that it's a disease in the US and the reason that she cannot wait to turn 18 and have the procedure that gives her the cure so she will not be able to love ever.  Love has happened to people in her family, to her mother and her sister in particular, her mother died because of it and her sister was saved with the cure, so she cannot wait to just have the procedure so she will never have to face what they did.

We get to see how Lena lives her life, finishing up high school, working at uncle's store, helping her aunt at home, going over her best friend Hana's house and have "fun".  We also, get to see how this world without love works, how after high school kids have to get tested and see how well they get scored and from that scored they get paired with the person they will be with for the rest of their lives.  That's how their lives they coordinated, that's the best I can describe.

But we also learn that there are people that live beyond the lines, in the wilds, that love each other and live their lives that way, they are called the Invalids.  And we also find out that some of the Invalids are living among the "regular" people without them knowing, of course.  There are also people that the cure didn't work, those people are called sympathizers, but the government cannot ever know who they are, or they will be punished, some even killed.

And of course, we get to meet Alex, who is an Invalid, who live among the regular people and who our girl Lena, the one that follow EVERY single rule, falls in love with.  At first she tries to deny it, but the feeling is stronger that realizes and just gives herself into it and she ends up having the best summer with Alex, but towards the end of the summer Lena has to make a decision, to stay with Alex or go ahead and get paired? 

What to know what happens?  Well, I'm NOT going to give that away, you will have to read the book to find out.  This was such a quick read, and lovely too, I loved the writing and story line, well I loved this book a lot.  I gave it a 5 out of 5 starts, totally recommend it.

And that's it for my review on Delirium, have you read it?  What did you think?