Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

genre: dystopian ya

So, I know, it's probably my favorite genre, but THIS one, WOWEE. Lauren Oliver has created herself a world - just like our world, really - where love is a disease. A disease that needs to be wiped out. The procedure that makes this a reality is called "the cure" and Lena is ready. She knows all about the crazy things that "amor deliria nervosa" can do to people, people in her own family. To have to live without really feeling? No pain? Sounds just right to Lena, who knows what pain is.

And then, of course, she meets a boy.

And that's all I want to say. Because I enjoyed this journey oh so muchly. Oliver captures the essence of teenage love absolutely and completely. In fact, I think she may have even put into words actual feelings I remember having, when I loved someone so much I thought maybe my heart had actually been ripped out. And she ties it into this society where things are set up to be so controlled, where things you think are keeping you safe are really just tying you up. Even when I thought I had the plot figured out, she twisted it enough to never make me feel like I'd guessed it all.

I finished and was so thrilled to discover this is the first of a trilogy (and remember how sometimes that just makes me mad?) This time I can't wait to read more!!.


bermudaonion said...

Boy, have you made this one sound fabulous!

Andrea said...

That's one of my favorite genres, too. This one sounds good!

We Heart YA said...

Absolutely gorgeous cover, and what a glowing review. Now I'm dying to read it!

Cassady Potts said...

This book is truly amazing! I read the second book and feel in love with it just as much as the first! This is one of my favorite books!II

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