Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Book Review... Delirium by Lauren Oliver


By Lauren Oliver
Published By: Harper Teen  (HarperCollins)
Publish Date: February 2011 TODAY!!
Paperback 440 Pages - eBook 305 Pages
Tags: Young Adult, Dystopian, Coming of Age, Teen Romance

First Line:  It has been sixty four years since the president and the consortium identified Love as a disease, and forty three since the scientist perfected a cure.

Why the Mad Scientist Read this Book: 
Thanks to my friends at NetGalley and Harpercollins for this lovely eARC.   Which has NOT effected my honesty even if I am Mad and deranged.

Concoction of a Review: 

Delirium is the first in a trilogy of three books about the disease deliria amor nervosa, "The deadliest of all deadly things:  It kills you both when you hat it and when you don't."  I'm very pleased about this!  I devoured half of this book in book form and the other half in eBook form in the mater of a few days.  *strokes the nook lovingly*  Lauren's writing was unique and flowed in a wonderful way.   The way she made the characters feel happy, sad or in pain was in such a way that I felt with and for the characters.  I will be picking up Lauren Oliver's debut novel Before I Fall due to the inky goodness of this book. 

Before we can delve into the review of the book I feel a burning need to say that I loved how each chapter started with altered nursery rhymes, wild propaganda against love, and excerpts from the Book of Shh which is sort of the anti love guideline handbook on everything against this horrible disease. 

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This Beloved book begins in the future dystopian United States, which believes that Love is a disease that needs to be cured before it can fall onto you and cause great harm.  Everyone is to be cured around their 18th birthday and Lena Haloway can hardly wait to join the world of the cured.  Lena abides by all of the rules of the society so she can get a decent score in her evaluations.  After all, she just wanted a decent list of eligible guys for possible matching.

In the beginning I found the world that surrounded Lena to be unique and believable.  Lauren painted a dystopian world that eliminated all of the side effects of the Delirium.  However, she did a beautiful job crumbling down the beautiful facade that she built as Lena learned more about he world she desperately wanted to be apart before... She falls for Alex despite how hard she fits it.  *swoon*  Mad Scientist fell for him too!

For Lena her perfect life is was now to be challenged around every turn.  It was bound to happen in a story about love as the main disease.  Ah, forbidden love.  What will they sacrifice to be together?

4.25 Blasts
I loved the writing style.  The plot, characters, and the world were amazing.  Mad Scientist just felt the beginning was a tad slow.

It still moves around us with invisible, sweeping tentacles, chocking us.

I've known time to stretch out like rings expanding outward over water; I've also know it to rush by with such force it leaves me dizzy.

Everyday the heat gets worse and worse, it creeps through the streets of Portland, festers in the dumpsters, makes the city smell like a giant armpit.
Ok... I admit it has been two days since I wrote this review.
Between then and now I went out and purchased Oliver's other book,
Before I Fall!

Yeah, this ARC made me do it.
But that is ok... I wanted to :)

Mad Scientist Refers These Reviews:


  1. How I love Delirium! It's SUCH a good book. I didn't care for Before I Fall but after enjoying Delirium so much I've been seriously thinking about giving it another chance. Thanks for referring my review! :)

  2. Thanks for the review! I'll be sure to add this to my TBR pile. :)

  3. Aaah, all of these glowing reviews! I enjoyed the book, but I did not love it like everyone else seems to have. (ducking!) I'm glad you liked this one so much though. Hope you enjoy Before I Fall just as much :)

  4. I can't wait to read this seen it around. Thanks for the great review.

  5. One day I will read it for sure! Thanks for your review!

  6. Thanks for highlighting my review! I absolutely loved this book, and I'm so glad to see you enjoyed it, too. I was really glad to be able to say I finally love Oliver's writing because I didn't like Before I Fall :)

  7. I got this one in the mail a few weeks ago, I haven't read it yet but I'm really looking forward to it! Great review :)

  8. Awesome review! I cannot wait to read this one!!! :D

  9. I keep hearing such good things about this book! I guess I will have to break down and just read it!
    I gave you the Stylish Blogger Award http://bookloversunshine.blogspot.com/2011/02/stylish-blogger-award.html


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