Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

I really did enjoy the book. It was great. I just didn't absouletely love it to death or whatever. So, I give 4/5 stars.

Summary: Seventeen year old Lena starts out as a self-doubting, weak-willed girl. She also happens to live in a dystopian society where love is a disease, something to be cured of at age 18. Marriage? Just a convenient match to reproduce. Anyways, few months before Lena gets her surgery, she falls in love with Alex, a boy who never had surgery and was born in the wilds. And then the story unfurls.

My thoughts: The premise was unique and undoutedly interesting, something really hard to achieve in this YA dystopian craze. The plot itself? Not as interesting. I could see the plot unfurl more into something more exciting than the generic forbidden-love-in-dystopia formula. It wasn't bad. Just not outstanding. The characters? Okay about them. They're not bad. Just Lena seemed too indecisive and wimpy, while Alex was too average and dull. However, I did love Lauren Oliver's writing style. Despite its nearing 500 pages thick book, the writing was beutiful and flowed from the author. Put all my opinions together? It was a pretty good back that just didn't stand out or shine in any way.

So yup. 4/5 stars for this book.

P.S.  To all the people comparing Delirium to the Hunger Games: Dystopian? Yes. YA? Yes. Forbidden love? Yes. Hunger Games? Um no. Definitely not. They aren't even closely similar to one another..


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