January 19, 2011

Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Lena lives in a world where everything is regulated and love is thought to be a disease, and everyone has to undergo a procedure when they turn 18 to get rid of it. Having seen how love destroyed her mother, Lena is more than ready for hers - which is three months away.

But then, things start to change around her. First, her best friend Hana starts acting weird - lightly saying stuff about the government, listening to illegal music online, sneaking out to go to underground parties, all things that baffle Lena, for she's always thinking of the consequences.

Then she meets a boy, Alex, who makes her wonder at all this business of love being a deadly disease (amor deliria nervosa), about her fears and her realities...

I'm going to come out and say it, and please don't hate me: I didn't like this book. The writing was beautiful, I was surprised at how quickly I went through the pages because the writing flows, but at the same time I kept wishing something to happen already! The book felt both too long and like nothing happened. 

Maybe if liked dystopia a bit more, I would have liked Delirium more, but as it was, I thought it was only OK, just not my type of book.

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