Delirium is about a society that is taught that love causes all the problems in the world and it is considered a disease. At eighteen, everyone gets a surgery that removes their ability to be able to love. Then, they are chosen a perfect match who they end up marrying. Right before Lena (the main character) is about to get her surgery, she ends up falling in love. Uh oh.
The main character, Lena, ended up really growing through the book; and she had realistic elements to her (being scared and insecure at some times, not always the perfect heroine.) I like books where the heroine is shown to have faults, and is not always prepared for every single thing that is thrown her way. Throughout the book, Lena developed into such a brave, strong heroine.
Lena's best friend, Hana, was awesome too. She was the one who seemed to want to rebel against their pre-chosen society in the first place and definitely helped inspire a lot of Lena's choices. Another amazing character was the love interest, Alex. He was so sweet to Lena and put her before himself. Both Hana and Alex were great side characters.
The emotions of all the characters were so well-written and intense. I can’t help wondering how Lauren Oliver came up with such a unique idea- love being regarded as dangerous. The only thing about this book that I did not really like was the cliffhanger ending. At least, Pandemonium is already out right now. (yay!!!!! :D) I’d give this book four out of five stars. It was a little slow at some points- but really well written if you like dysotopian.
Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.
“I know that the whole point—the only point—is to find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to
let them go.”