Thursday, December 29, 2011

Review: Deliruim by Lauren Oliver

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
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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.

My Review

I waited a long time to read this book. It sounded interesting, but I kept putting it off. I had been hearing a lot of great things about it so I decided to finally give it a shot. I really liked it, I didn't love it like I was expecting to. It was a little bit slow to start, but once it took off I was hooked. The writing is fantastic and the story was so well crafted. A world where love is a disease, and everyone must be cured. It's just so fascinating and a little scary. The characters were really great to. I really felt like I was getting to know them. The story and character development was perfect.

Lena was such a great character to get to know. She changes and grows so much through the book. At first I felt like she was a pushover, but as the story progressed I really loved her. Growing up being judged by her family's past it hasn't been very easy for her. She is really looking forward to having the procedure done that will cure her so she can forget about the pain and memories of her past. She then meets Alex and the way she sees things changes. It's a forbidden love that is so sweet, and touching.

I loved Alex. I knew right when we first met him that there was more to him than we think. I wanted so much to get to know him better, and about his past. The way he is with Lena just melted my heart. He is such a truly nice guy, and genuinely cares about her, and what is the best for her. He wants to make sure she is happy.

This book was beautifully written, and such a touching, and emotional story. The ending left me aching, and needing to know what happens next, but also a bit disappointed. I thought the end was a bit predictable, though it still was emotional. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to start reading dysptopian novels, or for those who already enjoy them. This was a great book worth picking up. 4 out of 5 stars.


  1. What a fabulous review. :) I'm such a fan of Lauren Oliver's work.

    Nerd Girls at Books to the Sky

  2. Wonderful review, Amy! I haven't read this one yet but it really sounds like a book I would like. I love dystopians and a lot of them aren't really emotional - more fun and action so I'm curious about this one!

    Xpresso Reads

  3. Thanks to both of you for stopping by and commenting. I am really looking forward to Pandemonium. Giselle I really think you would like this book.

  4. Lovely review!
    I've been holding off on reading this book because I wasn't sure it would be my thing, but your review has really intrigued me. Definitely adding this to my 2012 TBR list.
    Thanks :)

  5. Thanks you Aeicha. I waited a while before reading this too. I am glad I finally picked it up. It was a bit slow in the beginning, but it really was a wonderful book.

  6. The ending definitely caught me off guard! I was in total shock! Great review, Amy! :)
    - Lauren

  7. I also thought it was kinda slow in the beginning, but Lena changes so much! And mmm Alex :)


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