Books Review

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

January 31, 2011

As soon as I read the description of Delirium, I knew I had to read it. I was dying to. When I came into possession of an ARC of it, I was ecstatic and couldn’t wait to start it. In the meantime, I wrote a song inspired by the concept and even fantasized about how the story would go. Well, now that I’ve finally finished it, all I can say is “wow”.

(To read the synopsis, click HERE)

Having read Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall, I knew what to expect in terms of the writing. Ms. Oliver has delivered a story filled with vivid descriptions, fluid dialogue, beautiful characters, and an extremely believable world. Set in a sort of dystopian society, where love is considered a disease, Ms. Oliver has carefully created a world full of rules and regulations that make the society all the more believable. I enjoyed the small quoatations at the beginning of each chapter that provided a look into the history of the “disease”.

The story is written in first person present tense and I found Lena to be a wonderful narrator. Seeing her world through her eyes allowed me to understand her resistance to believe in anything other than what she had been taught. Towards the end of the novel, however, some of Lena’s actions and decisions were annoying and I wanted to shake her by the shoulders because I felt like she had grown enough to think differently. I enjoyed her friendship with Hana, who I really loved and wished she had been more present, and I also liked Lena’s relationship with her younger sister, Gracie.

The romance in Delirium is heartwarming and heartwrenching. It’s real, honest, clean, sweet, and extremely romantic. Alex complimented Lena beautifully and the strongest parts of the novel, in my opinion, were the scenes they shared. Everyone knows I live for reading beautiful love stories and Lena and Alex’s left me breathless.

I only had one problem with the novel and it was one I had at random. At times, the story moved along rather slowly and even though I wasn’t always necessarily bored, I felt it needed to be a little less draggy and a bit more engaging. But, as I said, I only felt this a few times, not enough to make me stop reading.

In the end, I really did love Delirium. Lauren Oliver has written a beautifully romantic story that tugged at all the right heart strings, and I’m sure many readers will devour the book in a matter of hours. The dystopian society she has created is complex and tightly structured, and I applaud her for creating such a world. Please don’t pass up a chance to read this. You’ll regret it if you do.

For more information about Lauren Oliver and her writing, please visit:

Official Website

(cover image taken from Barnes and Noble’s website)

  • Reply
    February 1, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Almost everyone seems to love this book. I can’t wait to read it! I love how Lauren tugs at heart strings.

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    February 3, 2011 at 1:35 am

    I am dying to read this book!

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    Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews)
    February 3, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    This one moved slowly for me too at first, but in the end I really liked it. The ending was just WOW!! Can’t wait to read more!

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    February 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I agree that it was slow moving, which dragged it down a little bit for me. But I still loved it, especially by the end! Like Leanna mentioned above me, it was so shocking!

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