Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Monday September 17, 2012 at 3:00 am |

Publisher: Harper Collins
Copyright: 2011
Published: February 7, 2012
Pages: 441
Form: Paperback
Series: Delirium Series (1)
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THEY SAY that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever. And I’ve always believed them. Until now.

Now everything has changed. Now, I’d rather be infected
with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.

My Thoughts

This review is so hard for me because I loved the book so much that I’m finding it hard to arrange my thoughts in a coherent manner.  I’m really tempted to just gush and fangirl all over it.  So to help me organize my thoughts, I’m doing this review list style!


Lena is months away from her 18th birthday.  She will be relieved once it comes because then she can get the cure for love and go on with her life.  She is terrified of falling to the Deliria and bringing shame on her family just as her mother did.  But when Alex comes along, Lena hesitantly discovers that her world isn’t all she grew up believing it to be.  She begins to see that just maybe, there is a better way of living, and that love isn’t something to be afraid of, but something to run towards.

World Building:

Excellent, excellent, EXCELLENT!  Oliver creates a very believable and dynamic society touched and controlled by the cure that I could easily see how a world like that could exist.  I couldn’t help but feel a little sad and a lot sympathetic to the reality of these people.  But they don’t know anything different, only glimpses of individual rebellions that don’t always leave a lasting impression.

I love how the evolution of the cure for love is explained, and backed up by tidbits of history and excerpts from their own Book of Shh.  I also love how their society has taken stories, prayers, and quotes from classic literature and the Bible to build and reinforce their current system and beliefs about the cure.  The fact that Romeo and Juliet is used and viewed as a cautionary tale instead of an epic love story is brilliance to me.

The Characters:

Whether you love them or hate them, each character was well developed with depth and personality.  Even the fact that cureds had little to no personality was fascinating and added so much to the story and creation of the current society as a whole.

Lena is an interesting character.  At times I found myself frustrated with her and her thoughts, but more often than not I was very sympathetic towards her.  With the negative and long-lasting stigma and shame of her lovesick mother still haunting her, Lena finds that she is constantly at war with herself.  Her inner turmoil is real and palpable at times, as she discovers things and feelings beyond what she’s been taught her whole life.  At first she wants nothing more than to be cured so she can live her life normally as others do.  But Lena is her mother’s daughter, and born to love.

When she meets Alex, she experiences new thoughts and feelings that she is unsure what to do with, and fights against them for quite sometime.  But as she finally begins to give in, we get to see Lena as she truly is, and what a brave and courageous girl she turns out to be.

Alex!  There was something about Alex that I loved instantly.  He puts me in the mind of Peter Pan, boy wonder, with his playfulness, casual good looks, and easy-going nature.  The tenderness and patience he has with Lena is quite endearing, and he had a very natural charm that makes a reader comfortable with him and trusting.

Alex is from the outside world of no boundaries, and soon his way of life and passion spills over into Lena’s life and heart.  I love that Alex isn’t always sure of himself, and can be a little timid and vulnerable at times.  It allows the reader to see him as not only an admirable and swoon-worthy love interest, but also as a real person with past pain, and future dreams of his own.  I totally fell for this dude!

The Action:

Though quite a bit of the book is just straight forward story telling, toward the end it kicks into high gear and we are taken on a wild ride with the characters.  To say I was mesmerized would be an understatement.  It was so well written, and so riveting that I couldn’t put the book down until I had read the very last word!  And what a heartbreaking and triumphant ending it was!  Just spectacular!  If I had had the next book in the series on my shelf I would have started it immediately.


Valiant effort by Oliver, I loved every minute it took to read this book.  If you’re into dystopian novels, then put Delirium down as a MUST READ!

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9 Responses to “Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver”

  1. Lena says:

    I’ve been meaning to read this books for some time now. It has sat on my shelf way too long. I’m glad you enjoyed it, it makes me wanna go grab it and read it after I’m done with my current pile. I find the character, Lena, very interesting…hehe. She sound sounds complex. Great review. I like how you broke it down for us too.

    • Jade Jade says:

      If you have this, please read it! I think you’ll love it! And thanks, I think the list style is better for me when I need to get my thoughts in order.

  2. Molli says:

    Oh Jade! Your review is just…PERFECT! You said everything I was thinking while reading this one. It was one of the dystopians I read as I was getting hooked back on YA and it has a special place in my heart. I loved Alex, as you did, and I just think that Lauren Oliver is an amazing story-teller!

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

    • Jade Jade says:

      Thanks so much Molli! I think so too. I’m ready to buy anything she put out because she just really knows how to capture a reader. Since I have the paperback of Delirium I’m trying to wait until Pandemonium drops in Paperback, but I don’t know if I can hold out that long…we’ll see!

  3. Okay, so I picked this up last week because of your post about having read it and it being one of your fav for the year. And now I’m SO glad I did. I can’t wait to read it! (In fact, I grabbed the second in the series also, because well…you know…it was there, and if you enjoyed the first book so much then I’m obviously going to need the next as well.) So now I’m heading out of town for a few days and am thinking of cramming it into my purse just so I can read it on the plane!

    Great review!!! 🙂

    • Jade says:

      Awww YAY!!!! You don’t know how happy that makes me! I really hope you enjoy the book. I was totally taken with it! Get some good reading done and I hope you have a safe trip! And I’m jealous you already have the second book!

  4. I really enjoyed this book, you really must pick up Pandemonioum next !!!

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