Tuesday, January 25, 2011

BOOK REVIEW - DELIRIUM by LAUREN OLIVER - DELIRIUM # 1

By : Lauren Oliver
Published By : Harper Teen
Release Date : 1st February 2011
Details : Ebook , 305 Pages Adobe Digital Reader

RATING :  5 ANXIOUS ALEX STARS!!

Book Blurb : Taken From Goodreads

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........
 
BOOK REVIEW :
 
Firstly a big thankyou to Netgalley for this advanced read, much appreciated.
 
CHARACTERS:
 
Magdalena Haloway - Lena is 95 days away from being 'cured'. She will be 18.
 
Hana - Bff to Lena
 
Grace 6yrs old and Jenny 9 years old - Lena's cousin's children.
 
Rachel - Lena's older sister, needs a good slap.
 
Aunt Carol - Also in need of a good slap.
 
Alex - Gorgeous male lead with golden brown hair.
 
I had the best time reading 'Delirium', a  'dystopian' genre book.
( refer bottom of review for meaning of dystopian genre)

WOW!!! What an awesome, tense, exciting, nail biting read.
 What an interesting concept to come up with. Love is a disease, 'amor deliria nervosa'.

I am very excited for Lauren Oliver and this book. I highly recommend the read , the first in a trilogy.

I can so see this book as an exciting movie. Lauren writes with such clarity, visually , so easy to see the scenes. My heart was pounding on several occasions. I can not wait for book # 2 , 'Pandemonium'.


The ending to 'Delirium' , nearly killed me, in a good way, well kinda , it did nearly kill me..lol!! There were several scenes where I was literally holding my breath, reading, waiting ....... hoping. I want to talk about the story , but I just can't. There is too much to give away. If you feel unsure of the first couple chapters, where it's all going, just keep reading and the book blossoms into this emotional , rollercoaster ride. I loved Hana and the connection she had with Lena. Hana's daring personality shows Lena how to live a little, before the 'cure', slowly awakening within her thoughts that she should not be having. Sometimes I did want to give Lena a good shake. Then you realise as the reader, it's easy to want to snap somebody out of their brainwashed  mind, but living in that kinda society, is all about brainwashing the masses. It's only the more free thinking individuals that become anti , hence the 'resistance', is formed.


Rules....are meant to be broken.




FAVE QUOTES:


"Everyone is asleep. They've been asleep for years. You seemed... awake." Alex is whispering now. He closes his eyes, opens them again.
"I'm tired of sleeping."


For a while we stay there in silence. Alex rubs circles on my shoulders, arms and knees - anywhere he can reach, really, like he's desperate to maintain physical contact with me. I wish I could close my eyes and be blown into dust and nothingness, feel all my thoughts disperse like dandelion fluff drifting off on the wind.


"I love you. Remember. They cannot take it."






Following blurb taken from Lauren's page:


Fox 2000 has optioned the rights to Lauren Oliver's New York Times bestselling young adult debut novel Before I Fall. This is Oliver's second novel to be optioned for film, after her upcoming January 2011 release, Delirium, was picked up in June.



http://www.laurenoliverbooks.com/

Dystopian meaning,  taken from Wikipedia:



A dystopia (from Ancient Greek: δυσ-: bad-, ill- and Ancient Greek: τόπος: place, landscape) (alternatively, cacotopia,[1] or anti-utopia) is, in literature, an often futuristic society that has degraded into a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian. Dystopian literature has underlying cautionary tones, warning society that if we continue to live how we do, this will be the consequence. A dystopia, thus, is regarded as a sort of negative utopia and is often characterized by an authoritarian or totalitarian form of government. Dystopias usually feature different kinds of repressive social control systems, a lack or total absence of individual freedoms and expressions and constant states of warfare or violence. Dystopias often explore the concept of humans abusing technology and how humans individually and collectively cope with technology that has evolved too quickly. A dystopian society is also often characterized by mass poverty and brutal political controls such as a large military-like police.







Michelle

2 comments:

  1. LOL! I agree about the characters that "need a good slap" :)

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  2. Hi Aylee,

    LOL!! Sorry I couldn't help myself. Well they did need a good slap :D

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