[Review] Delirium by Lauren Oliver

(Delirium #1)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 441 (Hardcover)
Genre: YA – Dystopia, Romance


They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever.

And I’ve always believed them.

Until now.

Now everything has changed.

Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.


If I could use one word to describe Delirium, then that would be: Beautiful. I’m serious. It’s beautiful in any way. The writing, the story… This book basically lived up to my expectations! And I warn you, this review is long (and possibly pointless), so if you can’t stand reading these kinds of review, just skip this. xD 

The concept is quite interesting if you ask me. In a world where love is a disgusting disease, we’re introduced to Lena, a seventeen-year-old girl eagerly waiting for herself to be “cured” from love. While I appreciate Lauren Oliver for giving the world backstory, I thought it was a bit too info-dump. But, that doesn’t matter to me, really, cause there are plenty of things about this book that totally rocks!!!

So, Lena. She seemed real but I felt that she was a bit pathetic at times, yet at some point, I want to see her grow too. And she does change throughout the book and I noticed that Lena in the end was different from Lena in the beginning. She realizes that the society and governor aren’t right. She becomes braver and I liked the positive change, but I wouldn’t say that she’s a badass MC for the time being. (Well, let’s see in the second book, Pandemonium. And yeah, I will buy it for sure!! :D)

Okay, so let’s jump to the parts which make this book amazing! The romance is surprisingly believable for me, even though it could almost be classified as insta-love. I could feel that it was real, that Lena and Alex were in love and the chemistry between them is so well-described. This is one of the best romances that I ever read in a YA book, in fact. I think I’m absolutely fine with this believable kind of insta-love. And Alex is one hell sweet guy. I think I pretty much understand Lena for getting “infected” by him.

The writing! Delirium is gorgeously written. Actually, I’m not surprised about that cause I’ve read Oliver’s other books and I admit that they’re beautifully written, though I didn’t quite like them. Seriously, she writes like poet, but that doesn’t make the book boring. Instead, I could say that Delirium strongest point is its gorgeous and descriptive writing. I was hooked from page 1. (Okay, I know that I’ve said it before, but basically, there are no other words that could describe this book other than gorgeous.) Every page, I was kept in awe and wondering. The words just flow smoothly and Lauren Oliver makes simple things beautiful!

What I also loved in Delirium is how real Lena and Hana’s friendship. They hang out together, they run together, but they also argue. Their interactions felt natural and Lena might not realize it before, but she definitely loves Hana. What I also found helpful are the quotes or passages at the beginning of each chapter. Through them, we get to know the world Ms. Oliver’s created better.

Yes, I’m completely aware that I have minor problems with Delirium. Maybe this time, I’ll rate this book emotionally cause this book touched me deeply most of the time. I’m totally recommending this book to anyone who’s looking for a gorgeously-written, believable, romantic dystopia.

5 Gorgeous Chocolate Cake!!


  1. I loved the quotes at the beginning of each chapter too. They aren’t in Pandemonium, and I actually found myself missing them. Lauren Oliver is such a wonderful writer. It flows so nicely and is easy to read. Great review!


    1. Really? Hm, too bad… I thought those quotes actually helped me understand the world better 🙁 But I guess what’s the most important thing is the story right? 🙂


  2. I can’t wait to read this one! Everyone raves about it! Which means that I will either love it as well, or that I won’t be able to stand it! I’m a wacky one!


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