Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
This stunning novel revolves around one mind blowing concept – what if you were told that love was a disease? Would you take the cure so that you could never love? Lena Haloway lives in an alternative America where ordered society is based on citizens having a procedure around their eighteenth birthday that ‘cures’ them of the disease of love. Lena lives with her aunt after her mother committed suicide, a supposed victim of not being cured, and Lena is actually looking forward to the procedure. In fact, she’d have it done tomorrow if she was old enough as she is looking forward to an existence that will be happy, predictable and safe. But then she meets a young man who causes her to question everything she has been taught and she learns of an alternative world past the electrified walls that enclose their society. But what are the ramifications of choosing not to be cured, but instead embracing this potentially fatal disease of love?
Lauren Oliver is a wonderful writer and this tale of love in a dystopian society is utterly compelling. The characterisation is wonderful and the society she creates is intriguing and increasingly ominous and disturbing. It is the start of a trilogy and the ending perfectly sets up things for the next instalment, while still being a very satisfying read as a stand- alone. I can’t wait to see what will happen next! It is a work that feels entirely original, while still having echoes of the old movie and TV series ‘Logan’s Run’ and the ominous ‘Big Brother’ feel from George Orwell’s novel 1984. Delirium is technically a novel for young adults, but please be assured this is a novel that easily transcends any age barrier and the publisher’s marketing box. Highly recommended for all.