I am well and truly loving the hoard of dystopian books that are out there at the moment and there are far too many to choose from. The concept behind Delirium caught my eye a few months back and has been sitting in my Kindle just begging me to read it, so let’s find out what I thought of Delirium.
Imagine life without love. For 17 year old Lena, that’s reality. Love is considered a deadly disease which everyone should be terrified of, thankfully though there’s a cure. Every citizen undergoes a procedure at the age of 18 which will ‘cure’ them and keep them safe from harmful and sometimes deadly effects of love.
With 95 days to go until her 18th birthday Lena is looking forward to it, looking forward to being safe from the disease which ‘killed’ her mother, that is until she meets Alex.
When I first heard about the book I was really interested in the concept, the idea of love being a deadly disease and locking up anyone who falls in love really captured my attention.
One of the things that I really loved about Delirium, and which really helped to immerse me into the book, was the snippets of books, laws, quotes and poems Oliver puts at the beginning of each chapter. It really helped me to understand the history in the book and what Lena had been taught.
As I say in most of my reviews, what makes me really love a book is if I feel for the characters and this book truly pulled that off, it kinda grabbed hold of my heart and didn’t let go until the last page. In fact no, that’s not true I’m still shocked by the ending now. Lena goes through some ups and downs and during the downs I really felt like I was aching and could feel her pain.
The main theme throughout the book was of course love, but Oliver didn’t just stick to talking about romantic relationships, she covered how Lena would feel when she could no longer feel love for her best friend Hana, something other authors may well have skipped over.
Lena was irritating in parts, at the beginning her fear and terror frustrated me but it got less annoying as I went on, perhaps because the more I read the more I could understand why she was feeling that way or because she got braver, or maybe both. The other two main characters Hana and Alex were really likeable and realistic, though it would have been nicer to get to know a bit more about Hana because she just came off as a bit rich and stuck up.
There were a couple of things that niggled me with Delirium, but they were relatively minor. Oliver kept mentioning small details over and over, such as Lena being 5 ft 2, it just felt a little unnecessary for that to be mentioned more than once. The other thing that bugged me, well not so much bugged be more made me sad, was Lena’s neighbours dog being killed. I just can’t deal with dead animals, though thankfully it wasn’t dragged out too long.
Delirium had me truly hooked and the ending, well I’ve still not recovered from it. I’m itching to read Pandemonium to find out what actually happened, though I get the feeling I’m not going to like it one bit.
All in all, Delirium was a great book which absolutely had me hooked and I just love the concept behind it.
4 out of 5
Have you read Delirium? If so what did you think of it? If not, would you read it?