Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Title: Delirium (Delirium #1)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Pages: 441
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0061726834

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.



Delirium is one of those novels wherein I developed a love and hate relationship. Initially I wanted to pick up Before I Fall but the store I went to didn’t have a copy so I was deciding whether to purchase Divergent by Roth or this one. I think I should have bought Divergent instead.

I knew that the story was about love as a disease but the whole idea itself to me was hard to grasp. Initially, I stopped reading after 4 chapters I think but after a few days of pondering and considering – I convinced myself to not think about love as how I perceived and know it but think about it based on the story (I know that’s supposed to be a no brainer but forgive me if I really wasn’t getting into the story right there and then).

I may have a hard time grasping dystopian but I had my share of love for the genre. The main issue for me was that I wasn’t buying the idea of the story enough and I think if delivered differently I would have loved it. The story lacked the convincing power of love being a disease and the characters didn’t help either. I really don’t like reading review of books that are in the mainstream ’cause I believe that it’s really a love and hate relationship but curiosity got the best of me and here I am. So I sucked it up and got used to the idea that love is a disease, but my next obstacle was Lena. The character was just not as strong as I expected her to be. I wasn’t connecting to her character at all. Her lack of emotion was so irritating to the point that I wanted to stop reading it again.

In spite my lack of connection with Delirium, I still finished the book. After a week (or two)  of delaying this review, I was going back and forth my notes just to remember what I need to write down. It may seem contradicting but I didn’t regret buying Delirium, at least I have my first hand experience to either liking or hating the book. Knowing me, I bought the next book which is Pandemonium. Hopefully, Pandemonium will give me a different opinion about the series as a whole because I don’t (not always 100%) give up on a series that easily. Oliver really does write beautifully and it was easy to follow. There’s nothing to complain on her skills as a storyteller since she wouldn’t be as successful as she is now if she’s not but sad to say I didn’t fall in love with Delirium like others did. Oh well.

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Mary Grace

An avid reader who enjoys the company of books than her friends. Goes through everyday as a work slave by trade but in reality, works just to sustain her addiction with books. A busy bee who perfected the act of procrastination. Loves the smell of coffee but favors tea anytime of the day.

6 thoughts on “Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver”

  1. Bookworm1858 says:

    I picked this up after loving Before the Fall and was so confused about its slow pace-I had not realized it was a trilogy. Before I Fall was so much better!
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    1. Mary Grace says:

      Yeah was suppose to pick that up first but ended up with Delirium instead. Glad to know I am not the only one who didn’t like this.

  2. Lilian says:

    I had the same problems as you did, which hindered my liking of Delirium as well. I just couldn’t wrap my head around this world. But more importantly, the prose was just exhausting, and I found the protagonist wishy-washy. In the end, I liked her best friend, Hana, more than her. It took me a week to get through Delirium.

    But while Delirium was “meh” for me, I loved Pandemonium. There was just a lot more action to carry the story (I admit that Oliver has beautiful writing in Delirium, but the pace suffered from it, and I was bored out of my mind by the last hundred pages)..and its short length helped too. I really think Pandemonium will change your mind. It’s radically different from Delirium.
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    1. Mary Grace says:

      Wishy washy!! I love that term and indeed true to its meaning. This book just had a lot of issues for me although Oliver does write beautifully. I am definitely going to read Pandemonium soon but after my experience with Delirium, I need more time to recover. Glad to hear it’s better than the first one.

  3. Rummanah says:

    I didn’t care for Delirium either and I think my main issue is that the love that was mostly addressed was of only one type- romantic. I thought it would touch about the other loves too and was disappointed when that wasn’t discussed. I’ve put off reading the sequel and figure I’d get back to it when the third book comes out. I was more interested in Matched by Ally Condie instead as it brought up more interesting questions. So yeah, you’re not the only one who wasn’t crazy about the book.
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    1. Mary Grace says:

      Hi Rummanah glad that I am not the only one. A lot of people say that Pandemonium is better than this one, so I still have hope for the series. Haven’t read Matched as well, need to pick a copy since I read great things.

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