Delirium by Lauren Oliver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Only ninety five days left until Lena will be cured forever. No more worrying about what the deliria can do to you, or what it did to her sister and to her mother. Love. Such a simple word. A word back in the old days people would do anything to have, and do anything not to lose it….even die. Now the deliria can be cured, and Lena can’t wait to have her mandatory procedure. To be free of the disease that might be running through her blood. Only ninety five more days. Although, so much can happen in ninety five days, so much can change…..forever?
The beginning of this book could have definitely been a little shorter in terms of getting to the good stuff. I felt like it took a long time to get to the point of the book that EVERYONE knew was coming….Lena falling in love or “getting the delirium”. It was still pretty good reading, but I just wanted the good part to get started.
In this book you have Lena, the girl who is ready for her cure against the delirium. She always plays by the rules and is never out past curfew or doing anything bad. I like her character. She isn’t as scared of things as the beginning of the book lets on, and she really comes out of her shell toward the middle of the book. She finds out many different secrets throughout this book, and I thought they were pretty good twists.
Then, you have Hana. She is the best friend of Lena and the exact opposite. Hana is tall and blonde and beautiful. She knows that there is something bigger to life than the cure, and she isn’t afraid to take chances. She is always pushing Lena to do more and live more. I was a little upset with how things turned out with Hana. I won’t give anything away, but I just thought she would have had a bigger part in the ending. Some of her choices just didn’t seem right to me, or like the “Hana” thing to do.
Alex is the love interest of Lena, and to tell you the truth, I just didn’t really get him. In most of the books I read I kind of see why the girl falls for the main guy, or I really like his personality. In this book I didn’t really feel like I ever got his personality and he just seemed kind of generic. I did feel in the book though that Alex and Lena did have feelings for each other. I thought that story line was built upon well.
Overall, I liked this book, and I was nicely surprised by it. When I chose this book I was kind of in between books, and I just decided to try this book out. Well, I ended up really enjoying it, and it’s a great story:
The story of a world where you can’t love or hate or have any real emotion after you are 18. You think you will get cured, and your partner that you will live the rest of your life with and have children with is picked for you. Even how many children you are allowed to have is controlled by the government. No worries. Ever. Then, to have your world turned upside down by a guy you just met, and you realize the delirium or is it love? Is the best disease in the world to get. Only now, you have to escape to be free to love.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. Let me know what you think.