Delirium (Delirium #1)
Lauren Oliver's debut work Before I Fall ensnared out intention with its vivid character portrayal; now the youthful novelist returns with another captivating fiction about a teenage girl in a strange, yet ever so relevant life changing situation. The narrator of Delirium suffers from a romantic malady that feels like it could be fatal; something most teens can understand....more
I am positive that eyeballs (literally) doing a cha-cha with light bulbs is not is not what Oliver meant to portray. I am also pretty sure, given the context, that this statement was not intended as hyperbole. Now see here, I am normally not a grammar stickler, but this lapse...more
This concept could easily have gone awry. Stories about love tend to go that way sometimes. They wander into the realm of cheese and never return, which I think is a shame, because there is a way to write about romantic love without breaking out the Velveeta. And Lauren Oliver does it.
A few reasons why I loved this book:
1. It was well-written. Lauren Oliver strings words together like a poet-- she makes beautiful things surprising, if that makes sense. Sometimes wr...more
For the past sixty-four years, love was considered a disease which impaired reason and...more
But where the line is drawn is when the world isn’t consistent and in the confines of that world, things don’t make sense.
That’s my limit. That’s when I start getting frustrated and annoyed. And it’s not because an author tried something new, okay? Lauren Oliver is AMAZING. She is a great author who is erudite...more
"I hate skin; I hate bones and bodies. I want to curl up inside of him and be carried there forever."
Earlier this year, I fell in love with Lauren Oliver's debut, Before I Fall. So understandably, I was very excited to hear about her next book, Delirium. A dystopian world where love is a disease, written by the clearly very talented Oliver? Yeah, I can get behind that.
Only turns out? Not so much. Reasons why = HERE...more
This has all the elements of being a very exciting story, but sad to say, it isn't. The last fifty pages lift it from a two star, barely, but can't save the entirety of the book.
First of all, it's simply too long for what is in here. The storyline isn't bad, but it's far too minutely descriptive and all I can think is, well, this is going to be stretched out to fill three books so, of course, it's overly descriptive. Something has to fill all those pages. Too bad it isn't the story, but street b...more
I don't know how you all survived the past year without raiding Oliver's home and/or holding her publisher at gunpoint for an ARC, but I'm so glad I don't have to prove my non-existent patience with this one, because frankly, I about died reading that last chapter.
Honestly, I hated Lena for most of the book. She's so damn weak and I couldn't help but...more
I adored Delirium when I first read and reviewed it, which was back in February. I had limited experience with dystopia, only having read Matched, The Hunger Games, and Uglies, but Delirium made it one of favourite genres. I’ve come across many young dystopian novels since then, and having re-read Delirium, I can safely say that it is still one of my favourites and one of the best books I’ve read this year.
Although Delirium is a dystopian novel, it is first and foremost a lo...more
But that isn't it, exactly.
The condemner and the condemned. The executioner; the blade; the last-minute reprieve; the gasping breath and the rolling sky above you and the thank you, thank you, thank you, God.
Love: It will kill you and save you, both.
I have heard glowing things about Delirium and its author, Lauren Oliver, for months before its release. Oliver's first novel, Before I Fall, was a stand-...more
On a prose level, I can certainly understand her fondness for Oliver’s writing. It is very pretty and well-controlled, full of the sort of stylistic flourishes often absent in young adult literature. This was especially true in terms of her descriptions of the natural and man-made landscapes of the book. Delirium is set in a n...more
Delirium is a gripping and intense read. Lauren Oliver writes one sad world, where love is considered a disease that will kill you. Where society has a cure that gives you no control over...more
The first issue would be the premise. Normally when I read a book set in a different world, I just accept it the way it's described. But I simply couldn't buy into this one because it made no sense. Why would you ever decide to "cure" love? Why would it kill people? And why would all of the citizens be stupid enough to believe whatever idiotic story the government tells them?! I was rolling my eyes at...more
I quite enjoyed Delirium and the characters that formed it. While the writing was engaging, the story unique and with great character development, it wasn't a full 5 stars for me due to a slightly predictable plot. If love is a disease, and Lena is supposed to get cured in a few...more
I was really intrigued by the premise of this novel. A world where love, also known as amor deliria nervosa, is classed as a disease. Every citizen must undergo an operation as soon as they turn eighteen to 'cure' them. I found the concept both unique and fascinating.
Our lead character is Lena. A young, seventeen year old girl with a mere ninety-five days remaining until she can be cured, and she cannot wait. Dreading the very thought of ca...more
I do not know what I had expected storywise, when I pre-ordered the book. There were two factors, that made me do it, though: I had been very impressed by the author's courageous debut Before I Fall and the emotions reading it exposed me to. And - like almost every YA book lover out here - I...more
Dystopia is the current flavour of the month, it seems, thanks to the phenomenal success of The Hunger Games. Delirium is one of these, and it has a really cool concept, and the dystopia is described extremely well. In this world, love is no...more
I fell asleep while reading this book. True story, ask anyone (and by anyone, I mean my husband. I hope you're not able to ask just anyone and they can assure you that I fell asleep while reading this. That'd just be creepy). I settled down in bed, all cozied up, preparing to read more of Delirium because I've been putting it off for much too long, hoping to get a big chunk out of the way.
I think I lasted about thirty m...more
Bu kitabı sevmeyi çok istedim. Öyle böyle değil yani. Konu güzel, puanlar güzel, yorumlar güzel; ama bir şeyler eksik. Kendini sardıramadı bir türlü. Kurgunun içine giremedim. İlk yarısını okurken zorlandım, öyle ki az kalsın isyan edip bırakacaktım. Çok yavaş ilerliyordu. Neyse ki son birkaç bölüm güzeldi. Özellikle son bölüm bol heyecanlıydı. Ama sadece bir bölümlük heyecan kitabı kurtarmaya yetmedi. Sadece seriye devam etme kararı almamı sağladı...more
I wanted to like this book... I really did, but somehow I couldn't get into it the way I wanted. The writing was really good, but I guess it wasn't enough for me to love the story.
First, I like a book with a plausible story-line. I understand the need in YA books for some people to write about fairies, and vampires, and so on (feel free to fill in the blanks)... But a story about a world in which love is considered a disease? Hmmm...What's the purpose of that,...more
Let’s all gather round and pretend that Lauren Oliver is a surgeon. A highly skilled, kick-ass champion of a surgeon.
Now, let's assume that Delirium is the patient.
And if these statements are true, then the characters are the amoebas that are aggressively attacking the patient and the plot is the brain tumour that will bring it to its tragic end.
Because let's be honest, this book was a bad idea.
It would be as if I woke up tomorrow and decided it was a terrific stroke of genius to wear my purple...more
The first moment I saw the book on the bookstore's shelf, I felt like looking at it, but thought better. It might be one of those crappy YA books they put on with pretty covers just so people would pick it up. Which, in my opinion, is just plain wrong. (I have nothing against GOOD covers, just pointing out something I noticed.)
That was about a month (?) ago. And the second time I saw it was the first time I saw the author's name. Se...more
Enough about me. Let us turn our attention to Lauren Oliver's wonderful book, Delirium.
I don't know where to begin! I really liked this book. Dystopian fiction is hot hot hot nowadays, and it seems like every time I turn around I see a new dystopian book. Am I getting sick of it? Oh, y...more
Fans of young adult dystopian fiction, rejoice! A remarkable new series ha...more
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