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Delirium by Lauren Oliver
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Dec 05, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: dystopia, young-adult, sci-fi, romance

Well, I am ever so sorry it took me almost a month to review this. The last couple of weeks of school have been insane (end of the year madness and all) and I've been putting off loads of book reviews. Anyway. Gah.

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, yes. YA books and their dang trends. So, I was somewhat reluctant to read this book, not only because of it was dystopian but because it sounded too cheesy for me.

The plot in a nutshell: Lena is a teenage girl living in a society where love is considered a disease. Therefore, everyone is stripped of their emotions via brain operation once they turn 18. Lena is of course approaching the magical age, and of course it's right before she's supposed to get the operation that she falls in love.

Sorta reminded me of Uglies (which I love!), and has a similar plot line: everyone is supposed to get an operation that takes away their emotions, main character has best friend who questions the operation, main character falls in love with rebellious boy who also questions the operation ...

However, Lauren Oliver puts an original spin on a somewhat predictable plot. Lena and Alex (aka male-love-interest) are likable characters who share a compelling romance. However, I think my favorite character was Hana, Lena's sweet but rebellious best friend who questions their society's boundaries––especially when it comes to what music they're allowed to listen to. (That would totally be me.)

However, what stuck with me most was Oliver's writing style and imagery. There are three scenes in particular that struck me, although they're all spoilers––so you know, if you haven't read it, don't click on the spoiler. Just trust me that there is some very powerful stuff in this book.

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Well, I guess that's all I have to say on the matter. Even if you're skeptical of the dystopian craze, I highly recommend this book. I'm looking forward to the sequel (aka hoping desperately it doesn't screw up the story for me) and I also hope to read Oliver's other book, Before I Fall.
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Reading Progress

December 5, 2010 – Shelved
April 28, 2011 – Started Reading
April 30, 2011 – Finished Reading
August 30, 2012 – Shelved as: dystopia
January 22, 2013 – Shelved as: young-adult
May 13, 2013 – Shelved as: sci-fi
May 13, 2013 – Shelved as: romance

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Kylie Harvey I really liked this book, I hope you do too.

Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩ Thanks Kylie! I'm glad to hear you liked it :) I look forward to reading it.

Hannah Parker good book,loved it!!!

Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩ Yes! I really like it so far. :)

Makenna OMG I loved that book! So glad I bought it!

Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩ Loved it too! :D Can't wait to put up my review for it ... but I'm going to review a few other things first. I keep procrastinating. :P

Makenna Haha, I can relate!

Azra can't wait!!!!!!!
i love this book!!!!!!
it was amazing


Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩ THANK YOU, SETH. I WROTE IT JUST FOR YOU!

message 11: by Seth (new) - rated it 5 stars

Seth Of course you did! But . . . I do not believe that you mentioned how lovely the book was ONCE. So . . . you may need to do that. For my sake.

Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩ But I called it wonderful, powerful, gorgeous, amazing, etc. ....

message 13: by Seth (new) - rated it 5 stars


message 15: by Seth (new) - rated it 5 stars

Seth Oh.

That's an interesting place to put it, Brigid!

-pull it out and slaps it on Brigid's review-

It's there in spirit.

Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩ O_O


I have to go throw up now.

Of course, I brought this upon myself.

message 17: by Seth (new) - rated it 5 stars


Sanny*just another day...* I just finished reading this book like five seconds ago and I totally agree w/ everything u said!!! Spoiler # 2 is very truse (escaping thru love) i never really thought of it that way... GOOD JOB!!! p.s. i give the book five stars too

Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩ Haha, thanks. Glad you agree. :)

Sabrina Delirium is my favourite book too!!!!

Turkan Taskin Great review, my thoughts exactly! And i totally agree with you there about the awesome imagery! :)

Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩ Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

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Síofra I was thinking of reading Matched but I think I might read this instead, thanks!

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Kate Evans Have you seen panic by Lauren Oliver?

Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩ I've heard of Panic but I haven't read it yet. :)

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