Delirium by Lauren Oliver
I went into reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver quite by accident. I was walking through the library one day when I spotted it on an end cap. Knowing that it had come out this year, and having heard all of the reviews for Oliver’s Before I Fall, I decided it would be the perfect addition to my ever-growing stack of books in my arms. I quickly snatched it up, added it to the top of my teetering pile, and wobbled over to the checkout area. While I had a stack of books to choose from, I began Delirium that night.
It took me a few pages to quickly realize this was the kind of book I claim to love. Dystopia-type, love stories are always good, right? So, I nestled into bed and opened the cover. As I read, I realized I really liked the main character, Lena. I could feel the struggle she was having between trying to understand her past, being okay with her present, and coming to terms with what her future was supposed to be. After a past filled with turmoil and heartache, Lena struggled with what that meant for her. Did the past define her?
One of the things I loved most was the concept of the book. Taking something as every day and, at the same time, magical like Love and turning it into something to be avoided and feared really captured my attention. I couldn’t wait to see how this concept was going to be played out in the book. And that concept is one of the things that caught and kept my attention. It is what kept me reading in the beginning. I loved the beginning of every chapter and how Oliver would take something we know and love, like the Bible or Romeo and Juliet, and spin it to fit her storyline. It is that type of well-thought out moments of brilliance that I appreciate the most.
All of that being said, and for all of those brilliant moments, I struggled to keep reading the book. I loved Lena, and I wanted to know more about her. I adored Alex, and everything that he represented, and I wanted to see them together. But the book was slow in the beginning for me. I felt like it was drawn out, and I wanted it to move along faster. I wanted several moments to be cut out, and things to just get to the point. In a world where boys and girls could not touch, or even speak at times, the tension created between Alex and Lena was perfect. But it did not progress quickly enough for me.
That did change about two-thirds of the way through the book, however. There was a moment between Alex and Lena that took place, a moment Lena never imagined would or could take place, that made me need to keep reading and know more. It hooked me until the end, and finally I felt like I couldn’t put it down. I was entranced.
And then the end happened. This was an ending which took me to the edge of my seat and then left me not knowing how to feel. It left me sad and angry. It left me wanting more. In short, it left me confused and waiting. For a while, I wasn’t sure if I would want there to be a second book to the series. But now, I feel as if I need the next book in the series-As if I’m happy that there is a second book in the series. I am on a need-to-know basis as to what in the world is going to happen?! Published by HarperCollins, readers like me are in luck. There is a book 2 coming. Pandemonium is on its way. And following that, Requiem will come around. Halfway through the novel, I wasn’t sure that I would read the next, but now…I have a feeling Pandemonium will be on my to-read list. I give Delirium 3 out of 5 books.