Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

February 1st, 2011
480 pages (Hardcover)
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.
 What took me so long to pick up this freakin' book?!?!

Instantly I related to Lena.  She felt mediocre next to Hana, but was afraid to step out of line.  She had been taught to be one way, and was scared to embrace another way of life.  And I do not blame her.  I would have been that same.  I need that extra push to step out of my comfort zone.

And Alex!  Oh god, that romance was almost disgustingly cute.  Ah, first loves, not that I would actually know...

Overall, I really liked it.  Medicalization is one of my favourite topics.  It amazes me how anything can be turned into a disease.  So you say you feel sad today?  Here's some anti-depressants.  It's part of the reason I want to get into the pharmaceutical industry.  I hate how there is big money in medicating life.

Anyways, good thing I have Pandemonium right here.  Expect that review to be up soon!

Much love, Samantha


  1. Pandemonium is MUCH better. I felt the same way about Alex- what a puppy dog--I wish he could have had a bit more bad-ass-ness! Enjoy the next one!

    1. I liked that there was more action in Pandemonium. The bad-ass-ness was severely missing from this book.


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