Reviewing one of my Favorite Books!
Hello everyone, my first review will be dedicated to one of my all time favorites, Delirium by Lauren Oliver. It's a dystopian young adult, the first of a trilogy, and set in a future world where love has been identified as a disease. Everyone who reaches the age of eighteen has to go through a mandatory procedure that takes away their ability to have feelings and until then boys and girls are rigorously kept separate. The main character, a girl named Lena only a few months away from her procedure, believes firmly in the system until the day she falls in love with Alex, a young rebel that lives outside the city walls.
I must say I was skeptical about starting this book, given it seemed pretty clichè and predictable, but it turned out to be an absolute page turner. Lauren Oliver's writing style is absolutely amazing and unique and gives the reader such an insight on her main character that it's impossible not to get attached to her. The characters themselves are beautifully described, each one deeply human with their own strengths and flaws, and Lena's relationship with Alex isn't the only one portrayed. Lena loves deeply her best friend Hana, however different she may be from her, and her younger cousin Grace and Lena herself goes through a huge developement through the story, changing her outlook on life and learning to think for herself. We see her slowly evolving from a scared little girl to a strong young woman ready to fight for her beliefs. Shes's one of the best female characters I've ever read.
I also really liked Oliver's original addition of adding bits of quotes and laws from this new world at the beginning of ever chapter and I think it really helped to get into the mindset of the segregation the characters are forced to live in. The description of this new society was really well done in general, we see plenty of moments in Lena's daily life ( e.g. the raids) that really show us what the world has become without getting the reader bored with endless explanations.
It must be noted that the ending of this book had me in actual tears but at the same time I think it was a perfect conclusion to a poetic and deeply touching story. I also read the next two books of the trilogy
( Pandemonium and Requiem) but I think Delirium stays the best one. Lena and Alex's relationship is a great depiction of what true love looks like, two people loving every small thing about each other and being there for each other until the very end. Alex himself is a great male lead, with all the mystery and the softness that will win a girl's heart in no time.
This is a book I recommend if you're kind of a romantic but at the same time enjoy an adventure and a reflection of what our society can so easily become. I hope this review has been helpful and that you'll enjoy this book as much as I did!