Title: Delirium (Delirium, #1)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2/7/2012
Review Source: Audible Purchase
“The most dangerous sickness are those that make us believe we are well” —Proverb 42, The Book of Shhh
Lo and behold, I have a new love and her name is Lauren Oliver. I adore books that step outside of the norm and create something so unique, so intriguing you can’t help but fall in love with their mysterious nature. Delirium is a captivating tale of a young girls struggle to find herself in a society hell-bent on making everyone the same. Oliver presents an interesting take on what I believe most people take for granted, love.
In the novel, we follow Lena as she prepares to be cured from the evil affliction that killed her mother. She is actually excited to be free of the disease and ready to move on with her life, a job, a family, stability. Something she’s craved since her mother’s death left an undesirable stigma on the family. That is until she meets Alex, a boy who challenges her way of thinking. It is in those simple stolen moments with Alex, Lena begins to understand herself, the struggles her mother faced, and why love is dangerous. Because it makes you feel, think, act irrational, uninhibited, unafraid and with the whole of your being. Love is everything, and once discovered, it can never be forgotten or undone.
I truly enjoyed Delirium with my entire soul. Yes, you heard right. This book will clutch onto your heart and stain your entire being. It’s magical, emotional, and delightful. Moreover, if you go the audiobook route as I did, you will be mesmerized by the amazing voice of the narrator who does a phenomenal job of capturing the urgency and pain in Delirium. If you missed this novel when it first came out, don’t fret, there is still time to catch up with the series before book three, Requiem is released in March of this year.
5 out of 5 Controllers
It’s so hard to write this review without spoilers, and for those of you who haven’t read Delirium – you just need to go do it right now. As in ASAP.
Having lost the one person she has ever loved, Lena is now living in the Wilds and learning to survive as an outsider, someone who is infected with the horrible disease of love. She forges new relationships with members of the group (almost an entirely new cast of extraordinary characters), and learns a little bit more about herself with each passing day. But when her world is shaken by someone she’s not supposed to care about, someone she’s supposed to hate, Lena is forced to confront feelings she doesn’t want to have or experience ever again.
The best thing about this series is the character development, and in Pandemonium, we experience Lena’s tremendous growth from book one to book two. How does one move on from a great and powerful loss? It’s not easy, and I think Oliver captured the emotional tidal wave perfectly. As she learns everything anew, Lena begins to come into her own person through the alternating ‘Now’ and ‘Then’ chapters. She’s stronger but not without fragility, wiser but not without doubt, and able to speak her mind and/or hold her tongue when necessary. Lena comes alive, birthed right off the pages by Oliver’s compelling words. And her story – as you will soon find out by the end – is far from being over.
Overall, if you are looking for a series to go above and beyond expectations, then I highly recommend the Delirium Trilogy. Frankly, it has some one of the most well written cast of characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading. And Lena truly is a heroine who will remain timeless.
5 out of 5 Controllers
Reader Question: Have you read this series? What are your thoughts on Lena and the story?
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