Review of Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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.


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So, what would happen if you took Scott Westerfeld's Uglies and Ally Condie's Matched, threw them in a pot and gave the a really good stir? This, and it's beautiful and heartbreaking.

Lena would never have done everything she did without the help of her friend, Hana. Hana was my favourite character throughout the book, she's the one who questions the world they live in first, who persuades Lena to go to an illegal party where she meets Alex for the third time. Without her, there would be no story.

At the heart of the book, there's a very sweet story about a boy and a girl falling in love for the first time. I went though all the emotions with her - the fear of being caught, first kisses and secret meetings. I couldn't help but feel that they should be running through the sunlight together, rather than hiding in the dark.

Pandemonium is out in 2012 and I can't wait for the next instalment in Lena's story. Delirium ended on a cliffhanger so it will be interesting to see what happens next.
Thankfully, I have never read Before I Fall. I'm glad of this because when reading through the GoodReads reviews, every negative review mentions it. I have no idea why, as Delirium is it's own book, completely unrelated to Delirium in any way, except that Lauren wrote both.
Pandemonium is out in 2012 and I can't wait for the next instalment in Lena's story. Delirium ended on a cliffhanger so it will be interesting to see what happens next. Can't wait!

5/5

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