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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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
For the past sixty-four years, love was considered a disease which impaired reason and...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
Delirium is one of those books that makes your eyes second guess what they're reading, because how can anyone write such beautiful, beautiful things? It is chock full of phrases that you want to memorize and save for one of those momen...more
I am afraid I don’t possess the vocabulary to accurately describe this book. Beautiful, yes, but that does not do it justice. I was mesmerized from the beginning. This book tugged at my heart and left me breathless. The ending left me speec...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
Fans of young adult dystopian fiction, rejoice! A remarkable new series ha...more
DELIRIUM is an impeccably crafted novel, and Lauren Oliver has a beautiful way with words. Still, those do very little for me if I cannot believe and invest in the essentials of the story and world…starting...more
I really wanted to love this book. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad, but it just didn't add up to the hype I thought it would. I would say I give it more of 3 1/2 stars.
Delirium is about a girl name Lena who lives in a future where love is considered a disease. At 18 everyone under goes surgery to remove the ability to love. However, a few months before her surgery and birthday, she meets Alex and falls in love. Obviously, this complicates things.
To be honest, it was difficult to place myself...more
Lena and Alex, if this is true love you’re selling – I’m afraid that I am just not buying it.
And essentially, there lies the heart of Delirium: the human capacity to love, in a world where this particular emotion is viewed as a disease and is being clinically excised by the government. Our protagonists, an “uncured” and an “invalid” respectively, create the crux of the story when they commit the unthinkable, and “fall in love”.
The issues that prevented me from wholly enjoying Delirium...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
Every word of this story burrowed under my skin and festered there, leaving me starving for more once the story ended. It's funny because as much as I loved the story, I want to say it was too long. And I really think it was. For every lyrical word I read, I felt a good third of them could have been chopped and still maintained the dignity and integrity of the story in its entirety. If it were shorter, I don't think I wo...more
In concept, yes but in execution, it wasn’t. The biggest problem of the book was the world building. Despite the fact that we were bogged down with tons of info-dumping in the beginning none of this ever feels concrete as to why the government really felt a need to...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
Oh and can I get more Hana Tate please?
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
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She attended the University of Chicago, where she continued to be as impractical as possible by majoring in philosophy and literature. After colleg...more