I loved Lauren Oliver's first book BEFORE I FALL, and was really exited to read DELIRIUM. I was not disappointed!
What is it about?
Amor Deliria Nervosa.
It's dangerous; deadly even. People loose their minds when they become infected. They do crazy things, all priorities forgotten, their whole life taken up by the disease. Everything revolves around the one who infects them - that is, it did. Then they found the cure.
Amor Deliria Nervosa - love.
The deadliest of all diseases.
We follow Lena as she starts to question everything she has ever been taught.
Can he save her in time?
'Now, I'd rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years suffocated by a lie'*
Thoughts and opinions
The first thing that struck me about this book, was the story itself.
Love is often portrayed as such a wonderful thing, something to be cherished and protected at all costs. To have this as the opposite, was so refreshing. To have love as something that's banned, changes everything. After all, you can't always help who you fall in love with.
I really enjoy Lena as a character, she is likable even among the confusing conflicts that she faces. Considering that she has been brought up believing love is something to be scared of, Lauren Oliver has done an amazing job keeping her both believably nervous, yet strong enough to make her own decisions. I've actually just finished reading the next book in the series, PANDEMONIUM, and it is equally as brilliant as this first in the series!
Another beautiful story by Lauren Oliver. It's as addictive as the disease it's based upon; once you pick it up, you really won't be able to put it down.
About the author
This book is the first in the series, with the second book being PANDEMONIUM. The final book in the series, REQUIEM, is due out in February 2013. She has also written a spin off book about Lena's best friend - HANA - A DELIRIUM SHORT STORY. Lauren Oliver's other works include the preiviosuly mentioned, BEFORE I FALL, as well as a book for younger readers named LISEL & PO.
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Get it on amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Delirium-Trilogy-1-Lauren-Oliver/dp/0340980931/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336693223&sr=1-1
* The indicated quote is taken from the blurb of DELIRIUM.