Sunday, January 9, 2011
Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Rating: 5 Stars
SUMMARY FROM AMAZON: Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.
REVIEW: Delirium was one of my favorite books I've read this year, which isn't saying a lot considering it's only January 9th. However, I think that by December it will have remained one of my favorites. Lauren Oliver is one of the best living writers. her control over language and dialogue is really excellent, and she writes very naturally and fluidly. Nothing seemed forced, and there were some very profound lines in this book. Also, the story was so creative, and the characters were vibrant and vivid. I really enjoyed reading about Lena's transformation from a strict rule-follower to someone who finally realizes what the world around her has become. The love story between Alex and Lena was believable, and the ending was heart-wrenching. Though I would have appreciated a little more world building and some backstory on what caused the widespread denouncement of love and its effects, there are two other books to come in the series, so I hope they will have more information. Even without all of the details, I thought this book was enjoyable, and I cannot wait for the next one.
Favorite Quotations: (I read this as an e-galley, so the page numbers might be off a bit)
"Hearts are fragile things. That's why you have to be so careful." p. 14
"That's when you really lose people, you know. When the pain passes." p. 183
"Love, the deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it, and when you do not. But that isn't it, exactly. The condemner and the condemned. The executioner and the blade; the last-minute reprieve; the gasping breath and the rolling sky above you and the thank you, thank you, thank you, God. Love: It will kill you and save you, both." p. 273