Recently I had the pleasure of reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver.
In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn’t about to make the same mistake.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the Wilds who lives under the government’s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?
To start off I must say I absolutely love the cover! This revised cover edition is much better than the original and really caught my eye.
Besides loving the cover, I absolutely fell in love with the book! Dystopia novels are not something I usually read, but the concept of Love being declared a dangerous disease, definitely made me explore further.
Lauren Oliver has an amazing talent. She almost writes in a style devoid of love in this book, to emphasise the theme. I found myself so drawn to this world as I could feel it and imagine it in every word, every description and the lack of emotion in her way of writing.
The idea that Lena was about to have her procedure made you start hoping for some way out for her from page one. Being a hopeless romantic myself I definitely was of the school of thought that, should I be in their position, I would have definitely wanted to go to The Wilds instead.
Discussion Points :
This book definitely raises some interesting points and I thought I would list some things I found myself discussing with others, that I would love to discuss with you too.
1. If you had to choose between living a life incapable of feeling love, or living a life devoid of any luxuries in order to at least feel love. What would you choose?
My view to this was that I would really struggle living in the Wilds without water and electricity etc, but if I was with someone I loved it would make it all worth it.
2. Do you think that this Dystopian novel hints to the fact that we are currently being controlled by our governments to think or feel a certain way?
My view is that mass media seems to lead our thinking on certain topics in particular directions. So to an extent I think how we view things is being influenced.
3. Were there things about the novel that seemed far fetched or not believable?
My View: Yes I felt that if a breakaway society existed, they didn’t necessarily have to be nomads or jungle dwellers. I’m sure they would have been intelligent enough to create a good comfortable society. I would have loved their world to sound better than the current controlled world, but in some aspects it sounded worse.
Overall I must say I loved this book and I went on to read the next one in the series.
Although it’s classified as a Young Adults novel, I think it raises some real interesting concepts that we will all love to explore.
Definitely a must read for me
This book is available on Amazon in both Paperback and Kindle Formats.
There are also more books in the Series that you will love to explore. Each written in its own unique style and adds more pieces to the puzzle.
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Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections, which is currently available from Amazon, Waterstones, Barnes&Noble, Exclusive Books and where all good books are sold.