Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Posted March 4, 2011 by Lisa Mandina in / 4 Comments

As you might be able to tell, I’m quite into the dystopian teen novels these days. This was another great one.

In this world, there are no wars, no fighting, everyone is peaceful. And the way to this was by curing love. Seriously, everyone gets a surgery when they turn 18 to cure them from love. The scientists have determined that love is actually a disease, amor deliria nervosa. Our main character is Lena. She is less than a year from her cure, and she is eager to get it over with. She has seen first-hand how love can destroy a family and a person’s life. Her mother committed suicide because she loved. The surgery had never worked on her mother, and before they could try a 4th time, she decided to end it.

Lena’s best friend seems to want to push it. And when the two of them are out running one day, they run into a little bit older boy named Alex. He says he is cured, and even has a scar in the right place. Lena is drawn to Alex, and soon, her view begins to change, as she becomes infected with the disease. In the end, she must decide whether to go on with the surgery or run away for love.

This was a good story, many surprises popped up along the way. I was, however, not happy with the ending. Or, should I say, it was a good ending, and probably very fitting, but I still wasn’t happy the way it ended. I won’t spoil it for you, even with the way it ended, I would still read it again, it really is good, and as I say, the ending was fitting, it worked perfectly.
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4 responses to “Delirium by Lauren Oliver

  1. Hey, you know what surprised me about this book, come to think of it? When Lena and Alex are hanging out in the abandoned house near Deering Oaks park, apparently, the whole neighborhood was abandoned because just a few people were accused of being disloyal and no one wanted to be associated with that, so they all flee the neighborhood. That struck me as really, really odd, and it's just a throw-away of course, mentioned briefly and never brought up again.

  2. Anonymous

    UGH! Tell me about it! The ending was sooo tragic, but I couldn't resist reading the sequel because the cliffhanger was just so, so, so terrible. I loved Lauren Oliver's beautiful writing too. It played an amazing role in the book! 🙂

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