Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #1
Published by: HarperCollins on February 3rd 2011
Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 441 (Paperback)
Source: Purchased- Paperback
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.
Love doesn’t exist, it is a disease that kills people. But thankfully the government has made a treatment that “cures” you of this “terrifying” disease once you turn 18 years old. Lena is 95 days away from being cured, she has lived in a society that has been telling her the fears of what love can do to you. Later did she know she would meet Alex and maybe she will start to reconsider her decision.
I’m not going to lie- the first half was extremely boring. I almost put the book down I was getting so frustrated with it. Nothing and I mean nothing exciting was going on, but the second half was worth reading and finishing. I loved the second half, but the first half wasn’t all that great- which is why this is a 3.5 and not a 4 stars.
I loved the concept of this world- at first it was a little confusing as to why love was so “dangerous” and how it somehow made people literally go insane. Not on cloud 9 and being all lovey-dovey, literally going insane and loosing your mind. It was a little hard to understand at first and it’s still a little confusing now. But overall, the entire concept of this trilogy is so interesting!
My favorite 2 characters were Hana and Grace. Even though Grace doesn’t speak, I just found her character really intriguing and I hope she makes future appearances in Pandemonium and maybe Requiem. I have many reasons for loving Hana so much. I don’t want to give a lot away, but just know she’s a fantastic character and the perfect best friend. I would definitely want her as a best friend!
I LOVED Alex and Lena’s relationship; I hope the next 2 books don’t turn into love triangles.. Because this trilogy does not need a 3rd person. I still don’t know how I feel about the ending- good feelings, just wanting to know WHAT THE HECK happened! I hope I can pick up Pandemonium soon! Too many books to read this summer!!!
“Hearts are fragile things. That’s why you have to be so careful.” — page 8
“Love: a single word, a wispy thing, a word no bigger or longer than an edge. That’s what it is: an edge; a razor. It draws up through the center of your life, cutting everything in two. Before and after. The rest of the world falls away on either side.” — page 301
“I guess that’s just part of loving people: You have to give things up. Sometimes you even have to give them up.” — page 379
“You can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes”.” — Lauren Oliver, Delirium
“Love: It will kill you and save you, both.” — page 395
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