Author: Lauren Oliver
Pages: 441 (Hardcover)
Rating: 4/5 stars
Lauren Oliver first made her appearance in the writing industry with her spectacular debut novel, Before I Fall in spring 2010. The young adult fantasy book was an instant sell-out and quickly claimed a spot on the New York Times Bestsellers list within weeks of its release. Oliver’s highly anticipated second book, Delirium which was released in February of 2011 did not fail to impress readers, critics, and bloggers worldwide.
Delirium is a dystopian book and first and foremost a love story. At eighteen years old, citizens of the United States of America must legally undergo a procedure – a “cure” – that will result in citizens being unable to love anyone ever again, whether it may be a partner, friend or family member.
The main character seventeen-year-old Lena Holoway, is scheduled to have her procedure completed on September 3, in ninety-five days. Her eagerness to rid her emotion of love has consumed her mind from day one. Lena hopes to be accepted back into her family and be seen no longer as an outcast. However, all her beliefs change when she meets Alex, a smart, witty, and handsome young man. At first Lena quickly denies herself any association with Alex as all her life she has learned to keep her distance from others because the threat of the deadly disease, deliria could potentially kill her.
Throughout the book, the young couple rapidly create chaos that could expose them to the government while fighting for the chance to escape the prison that has been their life for the past seventeen years. Their nail-biting journey will keep you on the edge of your seat, begging for more. Delirium will always be on your mind. Although Lena and Alex will sacrifice everything for each other, will love conquer all?
Delirium is a wonderful emotional, heartbreaking love story set in a dystopian future. Be sure to watch out for the next book in the Delirium series. The release of the next book, Pandemonium is just right around the corner and should be in bookstores on February 28, 2012.
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