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January 1, 2013

A Fun Way To Start Off The New Year: Delirium By Lauren Oliver

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DileriumCall me crazy! I loved this book. It was pure entertainment. It was a page turner. Most of all it was fun!

Symptoms of Amor Deliria Nervosa


     preoccupation; difficulty focusing

    dry mouth

    perspiration, sweaty palms

    fits of dizziness and disorientation

    reduced mental awareness; racing

    thoughts; impaired reasoning skills

Sound familiar? Yes, in Lena Haloway’s world love was a terrible disease. A disease that made people do crazy things. In the old days people actually died from love, but that was before the cure. Lena’s own mother was a victim of Amor Deliria Nervosa and Lena was counting the days until her 18th birthday when she would go in for the procedure that would prevent her from ever contracting this horrific disease.  Sure life would change after the procedure and there were side effects of the cure. She may no longer enjoy running, as “People often change their habits afterwards, lose interest in their former hobbies and things that had given them pleasure”, but she would be safe. Yes, Lena was more than ready for the procedure that would guarantee her to be happy for the rest of her life. She was even looking forward to being paired with a boy chosen for her, and to be married. Unfortunately there were still cases of the Deliria in the United States and Lena did not want to end up like the “countless uncureds dragged to the procedure, so racked and ravaged by love that they would rather tear their eyes out, or try to impale themselves on the barbed-wire fences outside of the laboratories, than be without it.”

And then comes Alex. Lena had never really spoken to a boy before and Alex was like no one she had ever met before. Suddenly life is not as black and white as Lena had always believed. Delirium is a fun read. It is exciting. It has romance, action, and although it is somewhat predictable, it does have its share of surprises, especially the end, which came as a complete shock!

As much as I enjoyed the book, there are a few things that could have made it even better. I would have liked to have known more details as to the events that led up to the development of the cure and how the government was able to convince people to undergo such a procedure “for their own good”. Also,we know that Delirium takes place in Portland Maine, but know virtually nothing about what is going on in the rest of the world?  Perhaps some of these questions will be addressed in the next book in the Delirium Trilogy. Yes, it is a trilogy and I cannot wait to read Pandemonium! If you enjoyed The Hunger Games and Divergent you will enjoy Delirium. It is a fun ride and only 2.99 to download from Amazon! I can see why Delirium has been optioned by Fox 2000 to be made into a movie!

Delirium by Lauren Oliver



  1. Haven’t heard of this one. Thanks for the review and happy New Year!

    Comment by TBM — January 2, 2013 @ 2:30 am | Reply

    • Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Years to you too!

      Comment by susanbright — January 3, 2013 @ 9:12 pm | Reply

  2. Love does make people do crazy things but I can’t imagine a world without it. It seems to me everyone would be very selfish without love. This book sounds thought provoking to me.

    Comment by BermudaOnion — January 2, 2013 @ 4:51 pm | Reply

    • When you put it that way, I guess it could be a thought provoking book. Actually it is probably a pretty silly, juvenile book…but I REALLY enjoyed it. I guess I am young at heart!.

      Comment by susanbright — January 3, 2013 @ 9:18 pm | Reply

  3. I have had this one on my to be read shelf for over a year I”m ashamed to say…..i will pull it out and read it this month! Thanks for the recommendation!

    Comment by anovelsource1 — January 3, 2013 @ 8:14 pm | Reply

    • Be sure to let me know what you think after you read it. As soon as I finish this month’s book Once We Were Brothers I am going to read the next book in the Delirium Trilogy. I will be ready for something fun!.

      Comment by susanbright — January 3, 2013 @ 9:20 pm | Reply

  4. Do we have book club this week? Thanks. Barbara

    Sent from my iPhone

    Comment by Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 10:14 am | Reply

    • Yes! Looking forward to discussing Once We Were Brothers!

      Comment by susanbright — January 8, 2013 @ 11:02 am | Reply

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