Friday, February 25, 2011

Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Hello everyone! Today I finished reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver, which is the second novel by her. The first novel she wrote is called Before I Fall. Here is the review and I hope you enjoy:

Plot: 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. Lauren Oliver astonished readers with her stunning debut, Before I Fall. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it "raw, emotional, and, at times, beautiful. An end as brave as it is heartbreaking." Her much-awaited second novel fulfills her promise as an exceptionally talented and versatile writer.

Review: Another amazing dystopian novel. Lauren Oliver captivated millions with her first novel, Before I Fall and now she has done it again with Delirium. Delirium is about a girl named Lena who has had a hard life with a difficult past that made people judge her and her family every day. She's not perfect or pretty, but Alex Warren makes her believe she is somebody by telling her she is beautiful and that he loves her with words and actions. Like many dystopian books isn't about rebelling and trying to find freedom in a world where it seems like there isn't a love or hope, and that's just what Delirium does, but in a much better way than I have ever read in any other book. Through the whole book Lena tries to find would she really is and what the meaning of life means to her. Hana is Lena's best friend ever since second grade and at the beginning of the book Lena describes Hana as this brave, gorgeous, funny person, but deep down that's who Lena really is and Hana finally shows Lena that part way into the book. There are many other characters like Aunt Carol, Rachel, Uncle Williams, Jenny, but the character that made Lena really fighting to be free was Grace, who is Lena's cousin and Jenny's younger sister. Grace was only in first grade, but already knew so much about life and how horrible it can be, but throughout it all she still was the bravest person in the whole book. I loved the writing style and how Lauren started each chapter with a quote and how some chapters didn't just leave off from the last chapter, but went more into Lena's past and who she really is. I learned something in this book that really made a difference to me and a quote I will never forget "I love you. Remember. They cannot take it." I give this book a 5/5 stars.

Rating: 5/5 Stars!
Pub. Date: February 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Format: Hardcover , 441pp
Chapters: 27
Age Range: Young Adult


Danny Pettry said...

I loved her first novel.
So, I pre-ordered this one when I heard about it.
Then I read a poor review and decided to cancel my pre-order.
I love dystopia novels -- so I may just have to read this one soon. I'm reading "Across the Universe" right now. I had watched your youtube video.
talk later
your friend,

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