Thursday, April 21, 2011

Book Review- Delirium

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.

In Lauren Oliver's new book, Delirium, seventeen year old Lena Halloway is just weeks away from her eighteenth birthday- and from the Cure. The Cure to love. But what happens when she meets a mysterious boy? 

I wasn't really sure what book I wanted to review tonight (I'm reading Mary Hoffman's City of Ships right now), but I decided to have a Dystopian theme for this week in books. Anyways, I was impressed with this book as I was with Matched. I've never read Lauren Oliver's other book Before I Fall so I wasn't sure if I would like her books. But I do now!

One of the things I liked about this book was the little clips/passages/or whatever you want to call them at the beginning of each chapter. The various snippets were interesting and they gave you a better look into their society. Plus the Book of Shh sounds interesting. One thing I noticed, was that while The Hunger Games and Matched have a very tightly controlled society, Lena's seems a bit more relaxed. They are allowed to choose their own activities and such. Although I'll have to admit the Raids do sound scary. I mean, who would want someone randomly breaking into your house? 

Another thing I liked was the emotion. I could clearly feel Lena's emotions and all the characters seemed very real. I'd love to meet some of them! Lena is shy and mouse like in the beginning but as the book progresses, you clearly see how she grows. Plus, you can also see how the death of her mother still affects her. 

I don't think I would like to get the cure. I mean, if I did, I would probably hate writing. And I adore writing. So that'd be a bummer. And my love for animals- I'd hate to lose that too. But in ways I can see how they would think love is bad but in truth, love is very good. And we need love to live. 

A thing I didn't like was how at times, Alex seemed...a little too perfect at times. He seemed to be one of those people who could do no wrong. But I do admit, I'd love to have him as my own boyfriend. Him...or Dale from Tamora Pierce's Bloodhound or David from The Specialists series. Although I did like the part where Alex brings Lena into the Wilds and reads poetry to her. I thought that was romantic. 

I thought how they could put messages in the statue's hand was a neat idea and I also thought how the the Cured were portrayed was good. They did seem..bland. 

If I had a star rating system, I'd rate this with five stars and I recommend for you to read this book! 

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