Thursday, 12 May 2011

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (4.5/5)

The back says: Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.

I say: It's been over a couple of weeks since I read this, and my memory isn't the best, but I gave it a 4.5, so that means it's a story I'll carry with me for a while. I was kind of excited about this, being a lover of dystopian fiction. But even though the premise was really good,

it's quite obvious what was going to happen.

It was a rather slow start, with Lena counting down the days until she'd be cured, but that was the point. Nothing really happens when you're just waiting for time to pass. And then, of course, she meets Alex and everything changes.

Although I wasn't too fond of Lena in the beginning, she just seemed impossibly naive to me, she kind of grew on me. But I have to say that the best part of Delirium was Oliver's beautiful writing. She has a very poignant way of describing emotions, and even the events leading up to the massive cliff-hanger were nothing short of excellent.

Cos yeah, this is part one of a trilogy.

When I first started reading this I didn't know there'd be a continuation, so I was a tad annoyed at all the information that Oliver left out, but I see now that she did that purposefully. At least I hope so. Dystopian science fiction or not, I still like to have a back story and not just have information thrown at me out of the blue. So yeah, this would have been a 5/5 if it wasn't for that, and some foreboding that turned into very predictable plot turns.

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