Thursday, 15 August 2013

Book Review: Delirium - Lauren Oliver



I love books like this. I’m a huge Hunger Games fan and generally enjoy books that portray a dystopian future- I was certainly not disappointed with this one! In a nutshell, it is about a future US society in which a cure for love has been found, and love is seen as a disease. The government controls who marries who and people have to be "cured" of love when they turn 18.

The concept of this book is scary because it’s realistic that science could cure love now/ eventually as they are curing diseases all the time. The procedure seemed horrendous- like people's very personalities were being zapped out of them! It was also scary, when they were listing the symptoms of love, how it could so easily be perceived as a disease. The quickening heart rate etc, it's so clever as all that is true, I'd just never considered it to be similar to symptoms of a disease!

Delirium made me realise that life is nothing without love- it actually made me be really thankful for being able to be in a relationship with the person I want to be in one with. It makes you view pain and heartbreak in a different way, and think that it's worth it in the end because it's these feelings that make us real and make us appreciate the love that we have when we have it.

At the beginning of each chapter Oliver includes a quote from the anti-love propaganda, showing how it is portrayed as a disease by the government. I'm fascinated by totalitarian regimes, having studied Stalinist Russia and Hitler's Nazi Germany at uni, and I find how propaganda can brainwash people really interesting- it's so clever and manipulative.

I read this book very quickly; it really picked up towards the end and I loved all the shocks and twists that were included! It ended on a cliffhanger and I haven't stopped thinking about it since! Luckily it's a trilogy so  I've already ordered the next book (Pandemonium) and will be starting it as soon as it lands on my doormat!

Has anyone else read Delirium? What did you think? Does anyone fancy reading it now? 

Rosy x

7 comments:

  1. Okay I've just ordered this - it sounds so good!x

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels

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    1. Aw that's great!! So glad my review persuaded you to buy it :D let me know what you think when you've read it hun! x x x

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  2. I bought this a while ago cos I love a good dystopian novel too, but I've haven't got round to reading it yet! Must get started with it!

    Daisie Petals
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    1. Really? Oooh you must let me know what you think about it once you've read it- hope you like it as much as I did! xx

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  3. I love the Hunger games too! Sounds like a really interesting book, I'll have to keep it in mind x

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  5. I absolutely LOVE this series!! I definitely have a crush on Alex and the other two books are fab too! The end of the second one, you will not believe xx
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