13 June, 2012

Delirium by Lauren Oliver



Okay, so I am very late in catching up with this series. For months I have been hearing great things and have wanted to read it for like forever. Finally, I managed to get my hands on it and I absolutely “Loved” it! I wish I had thought of a 6 Star rating!!

Just in case you are one of the minority in the reading community who hasn’t read this book yet, this review is for you.

The story is based in a world where scientists have found a ‘cure’ for love and this cure is compulsory for everyone once they attain the age of eighteen. The protagonist Lena has had to live her life under the scandalous shadows of a mother who committed suicide and a sympathizer uncle. She has always looked forward to the day when she would be ‘cured’ and would be able to live a scandal free life. But as fate would have it – she falls in love just a couple of months before her cure!!

So, this book is another dystopian love story… If you are thinking – ‘yes, been there and read that’ – then you are so wrong. The first thing about this novel is that this ‘dystopian world’ actually feels very real. The limitations, the set of rules, the situations, the government surveillance system, the ‘Book of Shhh’ all adds to the setting and are all essential to the plot. Also, the story doesn’t only revolve around ‘young love’ but also explores the love that binds family and friendship. The characters are very believable – who are scared of the government and the society and at the same time try to rebel against it in their own ways. They are brought to life not only as an individual but also through their relationships and aspirations.

The author’s style of writing is that of a veteran. Her descriptions of situations, characters and incidents are so detailed that it feels like the words jump out of the book to create a picture right in front of your eyes! She has used our daily lingo to create a masterpiece. It is so familiar yet so refreshing!

My only complaint is the HUGE cliffhanger with which the book ended! I have no idea when I am going to be able to get my hands on ‘Pandemonium’! So, I am off to message the author and tell her exactly what I think of her Cliffhangers, in the meantime, you tell me how did you like the book? [Please don’t tell me that Pandemonium ends with an equally or even bigger cliffy!!]


13 comments:

  1. I'd read Oliver's Before I fall..and it's such a great book.. I haven't read Delirium yet..but I should beofre 2012 ends..lol..

    Thanks for the review

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  2. Loved this book... a must read

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  3. I absolutely loved this book and I agree that her writing is like she has been doing it forever. The cliffhanger was so excruciating and didn't even let up in the second one. I can't wait to read the last one. One of my favorite series ever. Thanks for your thoughts!

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  4. I love dystopians...and romance. I own this book, but haven't yet had a chance to read it. But, will do! Soon! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :D

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  5. I haven't read Pandemonium yet either. I read Delirium last year after I read Before I Fall. Both are really well written, and I love Lauren Oliver's writing! When you wrote to her about the cliffhanger, what did she say? I'm dying to know! :D

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  6. I have this book...I just received it a few days ago but I'm currently reading a book to review & it just sits there looking at me, pleading to be read, lol. It will definitely be the next book I read & review. I've heard such good things about it!!

    x

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  7. I'm in the minority of those who haven't read it, I think it was because I disliked the concept of the book, I wouldn't be convinced of the believability of the world. But I do love Lauren Oliver's style of writing and after reading so many reviews I'd love to have my own opinion on the series. Great review!

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  8. I love the book, too. And yes, the cliffhanger just wanna makes you scream in frustration. I have actually read Pandemonium but I'll keep my mouth shut.. :)

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  9. I really want to read the book- because I like the theme , I mean curious about living in a world withput LOVE-that would be easier -no jealousy, lies & broken hearts :) but emotionally so death at all...
    Thanks for this great review!

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  10. I really want to read this book! :D I currently have it on hold and I can't wait to get it!

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  11. This is a favorite of mine too :) Glad to see you liked it!

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  12. I loved Delirium, but I've been putting off reading Pandemonium. That's the first book I need to read in the new year.

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  13. I also hear great things about this book and your review even more tempts me to read it !!! :)

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