Delirium (Delirium #1)

Posted: February 13, 2014 in 4 Stars, Fiction

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Delirium (Delirium #1) – Lauren Oliver


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.


I was sketchy about reading this because the last real dystopian I read was Matched and that really didn’t do it for me.  I was pleasantly surprised by this book.  There were some slow or repetitious parts to the story but it didn’t put me off.  I still had to know what was going to happen.  It closely resembles the series “Matched” in that the government controls everything, they are paired to their partners and there is a resistance but I must say I enjoyed this 1st book better than I did “Matched”, actually by a lot more!

The main character “Lena” can be a little timid and weak which can get annoying but I understand her fear. I also wish that there would have been more passion between “Lena” and “Alex” when they were together.  It kind of felt like a first date every time they were together, which didn’t make for great sexual tension especially the more they got to know each other.  There should have been more build up the more they fell for each other.

This story is not just about love as an emotion…it’s about how relationships do not function correctly without it.  The people who have been “cured” seem to be “step-ford wives”, there is no real emotion there much less love.

Oliver has created great character growth.  You can absolutely see the growth “Lena’s” character goes through in this book.  She goes from being a “lemming” to being strong, brave and independent.  It is quite a journey for her in the limited amount of time she has before being “cured”.

I don’t quite understand the why of curing the people and maybe I missed it but I don’t know what the point was in history or the cause that made them say “love is a disease, we must be cured of it” or maybe it’s explain later, I don’t know yet.

I am very glad I picked up this book at the library and I can’t wait until whoever has the 2nd book brings it back LOL (which is already overdue uuugghhh).

Also, from what I have been reading, this series is being developed for a TV show on Fox…you can read about it on Lauren Oliver’s site here.

I would recommend this for teens and up…there is minor language but no sex.

List of Books in Order:

Annabel (#0.5 novella)


Hana (#1.5 novella)


Raven (#2.5 novella)


Alex (#3.5 novella)


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