Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Tonight I finished the first of a four book series called Delirium. The book has won all sorts of awards including NPR’s
top 100 teen novels of all time and named a Best Book of the Year by USA Today, Kirkus, Amazon and YALSA. Personally, I found the book amazing! Even now I am shaking with the adrenalin from the last chapter in the book.
Delirium (the book) is about Lena, a girl of seventeen who is nearing her procedure called “the cure”. She will be fixed and no longer have the feelings and confusion she presently has. The world is a safely regulated place.
She needs to score well on her oral examination and then have the procedure and her life is all planned from there.
What’s missing is that Lena’s favorite color is silver. Her best Hana exposes her to
things that are highly illegal and regulated. This starts Lena’s questions. Alex’s entrance to her life adds color and feelings to her structured world.
Lauren Oliver’s dysotopic world is
frightening real, and not just because it is set in Portland, Maine with well known and recognized landmarks. Her main characters are people you can understand – teenager with questions and emotions. Their quest for understanding, the future
and their belief that they are invincible are still recognizable no matter the time or the place. The hyperawareness and concerns feel realistic.
The emotional investment in the story and characters
really speaks to a reader. Prepare to enter Lena’s world, you won’t want to leave.