Tuesday, February 7, 2012

My thoughts on 'DELIRIUM' by Lauren Oliver

Delirium (Delirium, #1)Delirium by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was such an amazing book! I loved everything about it from the very first page.

It is a dystopian book where love is a disease. How original and interesting! I couldn't help but agree with a lot of the story.

Love is truly a big problem in this world today. Or maybe not 'love' in particular, but strong feelings that are usually associated with love or with what some people may think is love. Feelings such as jealousy, revenge, anger, hurt, etc.

The cure which is supposed to 'cure' you from the disease or prevent you from getting the disease is basically like a less severe type of lobotomy. After you get this you are so easy going and so agreeable with everything.

You do not get this 'cure' until you are 18. A few months prior to this you go through an evaluation where you are basically judged/tested and then it is determined if you are able to go on to college or not. You are also give 4 people of the opposite sex to pick one from for your mate for life. Yes, you are also told basically who you are going to spend the rest the rest of your life with.

I liked that God was still present during this time. Maybe not in exactly the way we see Him, but he is still there and I really liked that.

The MC, Lena, at the beginning is so excited about the procedure (the cure) that she studies for the evaluation to make sure that she says the right things and she actually is counting down the days until she gets the cure.

Her best friend, Hana, actually rebels a little a few months before they are scheduled for the procedure and she tries to get Lena to rebel with her, but Lena wants no part of it, especially because if you are caught (and there are a lot of rules, such as not being with the opposite sex who haven't had the cure yet...not listening to approved music, etc) it can mean being put in the Crypts (jail) or worse.

Lena does everything that she is supposed to do, everything that is expected of her, wether she wants to or not. That is until she meets Alex.

Alex and her meet by accident and things kind of take of from that accidental meeting. They snowball, if you will, and before you know if Lena is so wrapped up in Alex that she can't think of anything else. She definitely has the 'disease'. She is in love!

She sneaks around every day and night just to be with Alex. Although she knows that they won't be together forever because her procedure is coming up, she refuses to think about that. Until the day that Lena finds out some devastating, or great news. Depending on how you look at it. What Lena finds out changes everything and next thing you know she is planning on running away with Alex. But running away is a huge and dangerous thing.

Of course things do not go as planned, but Lena and Alex seem to have overcome those obstacles, only to encounter more right at the end of the book. And of course the book ends on a huge cliffhanger!

I cannot wait to read the next book! Highly recommend this book!

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