Delirium [Book Review]

Love: a single word, a weepy thing, a word no bigger or longer than an edge. That’s what it is: an edge; a razor. It draws up through the center of your life, cutting everything in two. Before and after. The rest of the world falls away on either side.

Before and after – and during, a moment no bigger or longer than an edge.”

p. 301

Title: Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance
ISBN: 0061726826
Pages: 448
Year: 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Borrowed from friend**
Rating: 5/5


Lena lives in a world where love is a disease and adults are cured before they are assigned their place in the world. Lena is counting down the days until she, too, receives the cure. Then she meets Alex and her whole belief system starts falling apart. Is love really a disease? Is it really something she wants to be cured of? Is Lena ready to give up her predetermined life for one with Alex?

My Thoughts:

When Lauren Oliver’s debut, Before I Fall, came out last year, everyone heralded it as the best thing to come out of YA in a long time. Now I really liked Before I Fall but I don’t think my feelings were quite as strong as most. But after reading Delirium, I am 100% on board the Lauren Oliver fangirl train. I absolutely adored it.

Unfortunately, I read it so long ago (and neglected to write a review until now) that I’m not going to be able to articulate the reasons for my adoration with any level of specificity. You’re going to have to take my word: the premise was unique, the characters were interesting, and the entire book was engaging. I am so thrilled to discover that this is the first book in a trilogy. While Delirium can stand on its own, I want more.

If you are not yet a Lauren Oliver fan, listen to the gushing around you and give Delirium a chance.

Other Reviews: Fiction Folio; Erin Reads; Iris on Books; The Lost Entwife; Presenting Lenore;

Buy It Now: IndieBound; Powell’s; Amazon; The Book Depository

* Pages numbers refer to the advanced reader’s copy. They may differ from the finished copy.

** A BIG thanks to Kelly from KellyVision for loaning me her ARC.

9 thoughts on “Delirium [Book Review]

  1. Kate- Midnight Book Girl January 31, 2011 / 8:07 am

    I’m just now getting around to Lauren Oliver’s first book, but Delirium is brilliant. I can’t wait for the sequel.


  2. Kelly January 31, 2011 / 8:27 am

    Of course! 🙂 If the sequel’s at BEA (please, please, please, PLEASE!), I will make sure you get to read that, too. 🙂


  3. Erin January 31, 2011 / 8:37 am

    Agreed, I loved this one! I’m going to have to go back and read Before I Fall while I wait for the sequel to Delirium!


  4. Helen January 31, 2011 / 9:35 am

    I have this one sitting on my computer from NetGalley just waiting for me so I am so glad to see that you loved it!


  5. Maria January 31, 2011 / 2:13 pm

    That’s a beautiful quote Michelle. I’m adding this to my TBR list immediately, it sounds really good.


  6. Heather @ Book Addiction January 31, 2011 / 8:55 pm

    I LOVED this book. Seriously loved it. My review will post on Wednesday. 🙂 I also had a hard time explaining just what exactly is so awesome about the book, but in my case it was because I was overwhelmed with my joy about it, lol.


  7. Iris February 4, 2011 / 1:39 pm

    I had the exact same problem: I knew there was a lot more I wanted to say about Delirium, but I waited too long to write my review. I guess I should learn to write them right away.

    Anyway, very glad you liked it too.


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