Saturday, December 10, 2011

Review: Delirium

Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #1
Rating: ✮✮✮✮✰
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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.

When you read a lot of a certain genre, you start to suss out the familiar tropes and themes that crop up in every novel. In the latest crop of dystopian YA that's popped up since The Hunger Games, it's been easy: young girl in a dystopian future, a populace that's brainwashed somehow, girl looking forward to whatever landmark she's about to hit, boy shows up, romance and having her eyes opened to the horrors of the world around her ensue. Sometimes a good boy/bad boy triangle pops up. Sometimes, books like Delirium come along, and while it does deal in many of the familiar themes, it does so in a way that feels a little fresher, a little different from the rest of them.

The fact that the entire novel is based on a romance threw me off at first, but it's the development of it that really hooked me and kept me reading. Yes, it's because of a guy that Lena starts to wake up to everything around her, but the emotional growth she experiences as the book progresses is lovely to watch, something a lot of dystopian romance novels miss when trying to hit their plot points along the way.

I think I'm mostly just glad there isn't a damn love triangle.

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