Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Title: Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Genre: YA, Dystopia
Trilogy: Delirium #1
Pages: 305 (e-ARC)
Source: NetGalley*
Buy: Amazon | Book Depository

Summary via Goodreads:

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love – the deliria – blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy. 
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love. 

Delirium is the very first Lauren Oliver book I’ve read and also the first dystopian book I’ve read. I’ve heard nothing but great things about Lauren Oliver and after reading this amazing masterpiece, I knew – and felt – exactly why.

It’s the premise of the story that basically caught hold of my attention. Where have you heard or seen a story where love is despised and regarded as a disease? I think that is genuinely original and creative.

This story was beautifully written which is most probably the reason why it’s so easy to be drawn towards Lena’s world and her life. Furthermore, there are so many compelling dialogues in it regardless of how long or short the line was.

The characters are easy to love and I felt emotionally connected with them. Lena is such a wonderful, strong and worthy of a heroine. I admit that at first, I want to shake her vigorously and tell her to listen to herself and hear how ridiculous she sounds. Perhaps, that’s what Lauren wants the readers to feel. I just love Lena’s development as the story goes on, she’s just fantastic! The other characters are just as lovely too. Alex is such a charming guy; I totally understand why Lena fall inlove with him because I totally would too. Lena’s best friend, Hana, was also one of my favorite; I think she’s the bestfriend any girl wants to have.

Delirium is a riveting, wonderful rollercoaster ride of emotions and truly an unforgettable read. I’m giving this book 5 out of 5 stars because I’ve never felt so connected with a book before. I HIGHLY recommend this to everyone who’s inlove, who wants to fall inlove and to those who never gets tired of loving someone. It’s something you’ve read before and it’s something you haven’t read before. You’ll know what I mean when you read it yourself!

Pandemonium, the second book in Delirium trilogy, is definitely one of my anticipated read for next year. I can’t wait!

*I received this free e-galley from publisher, HarperTeen via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!

Challenges: 100 Books in a Year Reading Challenge #9, Mini Book Challenge


  1. Lauren

    February 1, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    Lovely review! I keep hearing the most amazing things about this one, and I'm starting to think I should move it higher up in my TBR pile. Oh, and I still can't get over the fact that love is considered a disease. If that's not a fantastic premise I don't know what is.

  2. Marrion

    February 1, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Can't wait to buy this myself! ^^

    Here's my teaser it includes also my review about One Hundred Candles!:]

  3. Two Readers Reviews

    February 1, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    I seriously can't wait to read this! There have been so many great reviews about it!

  4. Gigi Ann

    February 1, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    What a nice review, I'm not sure this is a book I would read, but so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  5. Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

    February 2, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    This was a very good book; my Not-So-Bebe-Girl FLEW through it! 🙂

  6. Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiner's Book Blog)

    February 4, 2011 at 3:51 AM

    I was really in love with this one too! It is hard to imagine a world like that.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  7. Lazy Girl

    February 12, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    Cool, i've seen a lot of mixed reviews on this!! It's interesting to see all the different opinions because everyone backs up it up with really good reasons! Glad you enjoyed it though. I did like the book Before I Fall, you should totally check it out!

  8. TheBookAddictedGirl

    March 19, 2011 at 1:50 AM

    I've just read this one, it's so beautiful, isn't it! I cried so much!
    Brilliant book!

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