Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Man with bookAs you might remember, as part of the month's Fictional Fun theme, I posted my reading list for June with the intention of reviewing the books as I went. If you missed the post, you can read it here:

This is my review of Delirium, by Lauren Oliver
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
The blurb from the back cover
There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the Earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it.
Then, at last, they found the cure.
Now, everything is different. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Haloway 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 then, with only ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable…
My thoughts on the book
I'm still reeling from this book! It was fantastic, and I really enjoyed it. Lauren Oliver is a fantastic writer, and she brings the characters to life in a way that makes you feel like you know them.
The book is set in the future where love is believed to be a disease, and science has found the cure. While this sounds a bit far fetched, when you read the book, it doesn't seem that way. I could actually imagine the government trying this one. The cure doesn't just stop you loving. Without love, there is no hate either, just indifference.
Everything is mapped out for you based on the test results you receive. Although this might sounds unthinkable, the book is set in a time when the characters can't remember a time when love wasn't viewed as a disease and their perspectives on this is fantastic.
Conclusion and rating
This is a very intelligently written book that will make you think. The characters are very relatable and I truly cared what happened to them, which to me is a sign of a good book. 5/5
Have you read this? What did you think?
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  1. It sounds like a variation on A BRAVE NEW WORLD, but it might be interesting to check out. If you could care about the characters, it sounds as if you haven't taken the CURE yet. Smile.

    Jean from Rantings and Ravings of an Insane Writer repaying your visit on the A-Z Road Trip.

    1. I'll have to give that a go then, I'm sure I would like that too! I guess I haven't been cured, and I don't think I would want to be :)
      Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. This book sounds truly original! I don't think I would want to live during this time though.

    1. It's a brilliant read, but I agree that living it would be horrible :)