My Rating: 5 out of 5
Summary (from Goodreads): Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.
My Summary: Lena's life has always been filled with tragedy, but thanks to 'the Cure' - the cure developed by scientists for the 'disease' known as love - Lena knows she won't be suffering for long. Like her sister and her aunt and everyone else over 18, Lena will soon undergo 'the procedure' and be rid of the risk of falling in love forever.
But the cure has side effects, and the fact that Lena's mom underwent it 3 times without any real improvement worries her - she wants to be cured as fast as possible. Then, right as she's in the middle of her evaluation, the Invalids decide to disrupt everything. Right before she's ushered out of the room, Lena spots someone sitting in the upper level of the auditorium and laughing at the destruction below.
She forgets all about this mysterious stranger until her and her best friend Hana run into him after sneaking into a government building. But instead of calling the authorities on them, the boy - Alex, someone who's already been 'cured' - lets them off and invites Lena back to watch the sunset from the roof.
But Alex is hiding a secret, and it's one so big that it puts both their lives in danger.
My Thoughts: I waited a few days to write this review because after finishing the book, I wanted to wait and make sure I still felt the same way about it after thinking about it for a while (you know what I mean). And guess what? Even 3 days later, I still love it.
Lauren Oliver has been one of my tip favourite authors since I read Before I Fall last year, so I was expecting a lot out of Delirium. I wasn't disappointed. Although the book takes place in a limited setting, Lauren Oliver managed to keep me hooked, desperate to find out what happened with Lena and Alex. Oliver's writing was beautiful as always, and even if it doesn't seem like it at first, it's really very deep (unlike a lot of dystopian novels that just concentrate on the plot). I found myself using stickie notes to save my favourite quotes for reading later on, and by the time I was finished, there were over 30 little tabs sticking out of my book. My favourite quote:
"Love, the dealiest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.
But that isn't it, exactly.
The condemner and the condemned. The executioner; the blade; the last-minute repreive; the gasping breath and the rolling sky above and the thank you, thank you, thank you, God.
Love: It will kill you and save you, both."
I don't know about you, but I thought this was absolutely beautiful.
Final Thoughts: I know there have been a lot of mixed feelings about this book, but I definitely recommend it to anyone who liked dystopian novels, romance novels, or even just wants to read a well-written book with lots of suspense and action.