Thursday, 27 October 2011

Delirium By Lauren Oliver

So, my first book review (not that I haven't read any YA novels before this one) is Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

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 government 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.

COVER: Yes, it is the old cover. I bought it back in May and the new one wasn't out yet. But....I prefer this one. It has something about it that I can't quite put a finger on. I don't know, might be just me. The only thing that annoys me about it is that once I buy the next on they'll be different height. 

PLOT: The plot is pretty easy to understand-girl meets boy, boy falls for her, she falls for him, and they'll get killed if anyone found out they were best friends let alone together. So it is basically that Lena Haloway  is going to her evolution and while in it she sees a boy.  And a few days later she sees him again. They end up falling in love but it is so fearful and frightening because they could get killed if they anyone ever knew....The book's ending is sort of a Romeo and Juliet ending. Sort of. I'm not saying anything else.

THE WORLD: The world is scary is you think about it. A world without love. I can't imagine living like that at all. You can't love your siblings or your friends and this is one of the biggest things I have a problem with-Your parents don't love you. Not because you aren't "good enough" but because they can't. 
They let people put them under and basically cut out the part in their brain that is what makes you able to love. Seriously, I would kick and scream and not let anyone near me that has that in their head. Another thing I hate about this world is that after you are forced into the so called 'Cure' you can't fall in love. You get married, have kids, sure but it doesn't mean anything to you at all. I can't imagine a world like this but good job Lauren for coming up with it.

THE CHARACTERS: Lena is a seventeen year old who is brainwashed until she falls in love and wakes up. Her growth is amazing through the whole book and Alex has a lot to do with that. She isn't afraid to voice her opinion but knows when to shut up.
Alex is charming and sweet. He isn't one of those guys who is all "I LOVE YOU! RUN AWAY WITH ME!" But he does genuinely love Lena and is willing to risk his life to make her safe. 
Hana is so much like someone I know it isnt funny. She has turned rebellious but not the type of rebellious that is all goth and tats. She helps Lena every way she can and is the only person who knows about how much Alex means to Lena. 

I give this this book four stars out of five. 

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