Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
'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 was really excited to read this book as it was going to be the only dystopian I had delved into after reading The Hunger Games. I though the concept was unique and intriguing, and was interested to see how a world without love would work.
For the most part, I enjoyed this book; the writing was good, the concept (as I already mentioned) was unique, the characters were believable, and the world building was solid.
However, I did have some problems. For starters, after the first hundred pages or so, I got really tired of Lena. All she seemed to do was moan and wallow in her own despair, and after a while I could only get through about ten pages at a time before having to take a break because she grated on me so much.
I also found that the very descriptive writing style was - well, it was too descriptive. It seemed to focus on ridiculous things - there is a scene when Lena is riding her bike somewhere, and it took about five pages for her to actually get there, and then about a paragraph was spent detailing what took place there. The writing style did make it easy to imagine the world, and really aided the world building, but at times just seemed a little too much for the little things that were happening.
Finally, the book was too long. The first few hundred pages could have easily been condensed with a little less focus on things irrelevant to the story, and at times I really was just reading to finish it. However, during the last hundred pages or so, the pacing of the plot really picked up and more and as more things started to happen I started to look forward to reading the book and was excited to get to the end. If only the first half of the book had been like the second, it would have been almost perfect.
The ending was good, but I could kind of see it coming from the moment what was going to happen was proposed by the two main characters. I was particularly shocked by the ending, but still a little surprised to see how it was done, which was very enjoyable!
Overall, I gave Delirium 4/5 stars. I was going to give it 3, but the last hundred pages really bumped up the rating.
Posted by Astrid at 09:44