Wednesday, November 27, 2013

You Had Me at Delirious

I just finished Lauren Oliver’s Delirium trilogy! I love dystopian fiction and this trilogy has dystopian written all over it. I was definitely interested in this strange society where love is forbidden and teens grow up knowing that they will hae a medical procedure that will cut the capability to love out of their brains.

Lena, the main character, is actually looking forward to her procedure. She has always been afraid that the Delirium Nervosa would take a hold of her just like it did to her own mother. Upon a chance she meets a young man named Alex. She thinks Alex says he has been cured of the love disease and even has the scar to prove it. Suddenly Lena and Alex are spending all of their time together and feeling that woozy sweet feeling that comes with love. Lena finds herself caught between knowing what the laws says about love and how she feels internally.

This book is amazing! When I picked it up I had no idea it was the first in a series. Let’s just say that when I got to the end of the book I couldn't believe it! I couldn’t believe the ending it was heartbreaking and insane. Then I calmed down when I found out that there was a second book called Pandemonium and I was able to pick back up where Lena left off. This book is interesting because it alternates from Lena’s point of view of THEN, which is how she survives the past and NOW, which is how she is living each day just trying to survive in a world gone mad against love.

Pandemonium picks up right where Delirium left off. Although, Lena has a different set of problems, is living in New York and she can't seem to concentrate on the present. In Pandemonium we meet the young and handsome Julian. Lena’s feelings for Alex will always stay with her no matter what. But understandably she finds herself attracted to Julian because he is HOT! I too have a bit of a crush on Julian now. And then it happened again the ending floored me totally! I think I whipped my head around and said what?!?! at the ending of Pandemonium!

In the last novel in this trilogy I found myself not wanting to say goodbye to Lena and her friends. I did really like Requiem because it brings together all of the characters that I had grown so fond of during this trilogy. Requiem had a different point of view shift that goes back and forth between Lena fighting out in The Wilds, and Hana, her best friend from book 1 who has had the procedure and is about to get married to a psycho dude. In a lot of ways, this book just didn’t go exactly where I wanted it to go. At the end it had that Gone with the Wind feeling of "tomorrow is another day" I was disappointed because I really wanted more answers to many questions I had and I really wanted more Delirium - all together more!

”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 - Delirium

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