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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Delirium (Delirium #1)

Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium, #1
Age Group: Young Adult
Challenge: Wish I'd Read That Challenge
Format: Hardback
Pages: 441
Published: February 1, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Public Library
My Rating: * * * * *
NINETY-FIVE DAYS, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.
Opinions & Thoughts:
Delirum was an extremely fascinating book. I had never heard the term "dystopian", until now. I guess you could say this was my first time reading a dystopian book, knowing what the type of book it is called. Probably, my actual first dystopian book was either the Hunger Games trilogy or The Host.

Previously, Lauren Oliver had written another book entitled Before I Fall. Sadly, it's still on my TBR pile, but I am determined to read it soon. Want to know why? Because Delirium was AMAZING! At first it was just like, okay, come on, get on with it Lena. You're boring me to death, what with your goody-two shoes attitude. But, by the end, I was almost crying! Lena, forgive me for criticizing you.

Poor, poor, Alex! I hated what happened to him, but I loved him as a character. He was so sweet and caring!

The book was predictable in a few parts, and it sounded similar in some ways to Birthmarked, another book I had read previously. Not too many similarities, but a few. As for the writing style, I noticed that there were plenty of comparisons. Too many, in fact. But, after the plot distracted me, I forgot all about it[the comparisons]. Ahhh...I loved how Lauren Oliver was able to manipulate my emotions, to the point where I was almost crying. Almost.

Overall, an amazing book. Go get it at your library or bookstore. Borrow Delirium from a friend. I don't care how you manage to get this book, steal for all I care(don't take it seriously, I don't want to be blamed as an accomplice), but you have got to read Delirium. I guarantee I didn't regret reading it, and hopefully, you won't either.

About the Author:
Lauren Oliver is the author of Before I Fall, which ALA Booklist called a "compelling book with a powerful message [that] should not be missed." A graduate of the University of Chicago and the MFA program at New York University, Lauren is now a full-time writer and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Delirium is her second novel.


  1. Delirium was a great read! My Not-So-Bebe-Girl Autumn and I both agreed; we also thought it would make a good movie, and I wasn't surprised to see it optioned off to Fox shortly after its release! :) I haven't read Before I Fall (which is a totally different type of book), but it is also supposed to be awesome!

  2. If there was a movie, I would definitely go see it! But, they usually say the book is better than the movie, so who knows, Delirium the movie may not be as good as Delirium the book. I haven't read Before I Fall either. :) It's on my TBR pile.


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