Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
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.
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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.