Sunday, August 12, 2012

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium (Book 1)

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 government 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: She falls in love.

This is another dystopia that is set with the government controlling society. I'm starting to see patterns now with the government themes in the dystopian books and now why publishers are sort of done with dystopian novels though I do like every single authors take on what would happen in a post apocalyptic world. What I happen to like the most about is how the writer's strength is in her world building and the purpose of society in the novels. I really did enjoy this book, but the reader does find the government theme as shown in other dystopians. In Pandemonium, Lena character does develop to maturity than she was in Delirium, but is very realistic. The chapters went back and forth from "then", which takes place right after Lena escapes to the Wild, and "now", which happens many months after this when Lena is living in New York. 

This back and forth between the chapters tends to give me a headache worse than head hoping, but did show how Lena is adapting to her new world. In the wild, she experiences hunger, death, and survival. In New York, she's experiencing survival in a different form. One that is a lot more dangerous than battling the elements. The writing got more confusing than books written in two point of views instead the chapters where hoping back and forth from present to past and it tends to give a reader a headache more than head hoping novels. with an ending that was predictable. Now I am truly upset because I have to wait until next year to read the final book, I should have just waiting until the whole trilogy was published. 

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