Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

February 1, 2011

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 governments 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.

There's been so much positive buzz surrounding Lauren Oliver's latest release, Delirium, that I jumped at the advanced reader's copy. I started this book the night I was approved for the galley and finished shorty after. I was only a couple sentences into Delirium when I knew that this book was going to be absolutely amazing.

Lauren Oliver's writing is genius. It's extremely powerful and focused on emotions. I found myself having to wipe my eyes multiple times during this book. Her descriptions are flawless and the character development is perfection. It was so easy to get lost in Lena's world and put yourself in her shoes. Delirium has everything I could possibly ask for in a book: action, romance, friendship and adventure.

I completely adored Lena. At first I was a little annoyed at how set in her ways she was, but when she started to open her eyes to all the possibilities is when I really appreciated her. There's a Lena in all of us. She's a little lost, a tad rebellious and completely courageous. Lena is a breath of fresh air to the young adult genre.

Alex. What can I say about Alex other than he was perfect? I guess I could say Alex was just what Lena needed. He opened her eyes to such an amazing new world. He was funny, strong and an amazing listener. Then there's Hana, Lena's best friend, who is quirky and fiercely protective. I feel as if these characters' were a part of me. I became so close to each of them while reading Delirium.

The ending... Oh my goodness the ending! I definitely did not see it coming at all! It was the perfect lead in for Pandemonium, which I cannot be released soon enough!

Amazing Quote:
"I have a secret. It will kill me. And I don't care."

Characters: 5/5
Creativity: 5/5
Voice: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Impact: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

Note: This book deserves way more than only 5 stars! Delirium is on a whole other level than anything I've ever read. By far my favorite book of all time.

Lauren Oliver is one of the greatest writers of our time. You would be absolutely crazy not to pick up this writing masterpiece. I could go on forever will all the positive things to say about this book. You'll laugh, cry and discover some things about yourself along the way. Delirium will be released on February 1, 2011. The first thing anyone should do on this date is head to a bookstore and buy this book... along with a box of tissues.

Crazy Katie


  1. Awesome review OMG i really can't wait to read it!

  2. Thank you so much Steph! I was so worried I've never done a review for a publisher before!
    I can't wait for you to read it! :)

  3. This makes me super excited to read Delerium! I won it today in a contest from Goodreads, and now I really really REALLY can't wait until it arrives in the mail!

  4. I love it! :)
    Still working on mine... I have a feeling by the time I finish writing it, it'll probably be February. haha

    And I can't wait for Pandemonium! Alex<3 ;)

  5. Hey Laura! I can't wait for you to read it either! I bet you'll LOVE it! :)

    Hi Briana!! Haha it was so hard to write! Probably because I love it so much! Oh my gosh I can't wait either!! I just *need* to know!!

  6. GAHH!!! Your review just makes me want to read it even more! Fortunately I have it from NetGalley too. Definitely reading this next!

  7. Why thank you! I'm glad to hear you'll be reading this soon! I hope you love it as much as I did! :)

  8. OMG !! I can't wait to read this book ... I've only heard good things about it !!

  9. I LOVE how much energy this review has. I am so hanging out to read this book!


  10. Fantastic quote and review. This sounds reallly good. One thing is for sure: I must try this book :)

  11. You are so lucky you already got to read this. I preordered the book but it's still so long until it comes out D:
    I totally agree with you that Lauren Oliver is one of the best writers of our time even though I only read Before I Fall which was amazing though. The writing ♥__♥

  12. Awesome review! Alex is perfect, isn't he?
    And the ending, OMR.

    We might feature this review in Deliriously Falling!


  13. Hey Elodie! I can't wait for you to read it either!! We'll have to discuss it once you have :)

    Hi Nomes! Thank you so much!! :)

    Thank you Juju! I can't wait for you to read it!

    Hey Miss Bookiverse! I've heard amazing things about Before I Fall, I'm so happy you enjoyed it!

    Thank you so very much Ella! That is so awesome!! Yes, Alex is perfect *swoon* and the ending was amazing! I NEED to know ;)

  14. Fantastic review Katie! I can't wait to read this one, everyone has given it such glowing reviews so I need to get my hands on it. Alex and Lena sound like wonderful characters and I can't wait to experience Lauren Oliver's writing first hand, I haven't read anything by her yet.

  15. Thank you Jenny! They really both are just incredible! This was the first Lauren Oliver book I read and I just bought Before I Fall since I loved it so much! :)

  16. Stopping by from Saturday Situations. I loved this book too! Lauren Oliver is such a wonderful writer and I cannot wait for the next book. I think it kind of ruined me for awhile because I read Match by Ally Condie next and unlike others who raved about it I found it just ok.

  17. Wow, high praise! This makes me really excited to read it!

  18. After reading her first book l am keeping my eye out for this in the shops. Sounds really good and thank you for the review

    Books for Company

  19. Hey Debbie! I totally understand what you're talking about! I just finished a book and I didn't like it due to Delirium's pure awesomeness! It's just on a complete different level.

    Hi Aylee! I can't wait for you to read this one! It's seriously incredible! My new favorite :)

    Hi Books for Company! I still have yet to read Before I Fall, but I just bought it so I can't wait to start :)

  20. I loved this book. I really really need to read Pandemonium like now!