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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

[Review] Delirium - Lauren Oliver

Lena lives in a post-apocalpytic world where love is a recognized disease and everyone gets scheduled to have the capability to love removed at age 18. She has no doubts that this is the right thing to do until she meets - surprise, surprise - a boy. 

What intrigued me: The fact that everyone loves this book. I liked BEFORE I FALL by her and was hoping for something similarly interesting.

Innovation? Not Found.

The idea isn't anything new, banning emotions was already a big thing in the 90s/00s, think of movies like Equilibrium, heck scratch that, this is basically a bad version of BRAVE NEW WORLD.

I know that Lauren Oliver is a great writer, but in DELIRIUM she seems to have forgotten all the basic rules of how to keep the reader’s attention. Every single chapter begins with pages and pages of reflective paragraphs about some kind of childhood memory or relationship to another character, that I as a reader, could not care less about. This wouldn’t be so bad if it was just every other chapter, if there was action that would justify these passages. But due to her talking and talking and talking I zoned out after a while. 

The big question is how Oliver is able to fill 400+ pages with nothing. Honestly, nothing happens in this novel. Lena meets Alex, they get caught, they find a place to make out, they get caught, they take daytrips into the Wilds, they get caught.

Unlikable Heroine

The protagonist Lena has such a weird way of thinking, it made my head hurt. If you're brought up in a society that stigmatizes and makes you fear a certain thing so much that it is said to KILL you, why would you then look out for it?

Because the boy is pretty? Because the boy is pretty. Sigh.

There are not many characters that I have left to rate, nobody is paid attention to besides Hana, her best friend, and Alex, her love interest. The entire world of Delirium seems to revolve around them. I liked her friend Hana, because she actually had a personality and opinions. Lena sucks up controversial topics like a sponge and copies the way of thinking of other people, she is a very flat character and absolutely not worth having her own story dedicated to. I’d rather have read about Hana. 




Overall: Do I Recommend?

I had such high hopes and expectations. I wouldn’t recommend it, if you’re looking for a good dystopia. Lack of world-building, lack of plot, lack of character-depth.

Additional Info

Published: February 7th 2012
Pages: 441
Medium: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: YA / Dystopia
ISBN: 9780061726835

"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 deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."
(Source: Goodreads)

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