4 days ago
Monday, August 30, 2010
Review of Delirium
by Lauren Oliver
Young Adult science fiction
Pub date February 2011
I think it's a real shame that this book is coming out relatively close to MATCHED by Ally Condie. It's inevitable that people will compare the two books, though they both deserve to be read on their own. That being said, I loved this book and I'm glad it's coming out, regardless of the timing.
DELIRIUM takes place in a world where love is considered a disease--one that is, fortunately, curable. Youths are evaluated, ranked, matched with similarly ranked youths of the opposite sex, and sent to the operating table to undergo brain surgery. After the operation, all strong emotion is gone. You are cured of the disease that causes people to fall in love. But not everyone is cured. Outside the safety of Portland is a wasteland where Invalids struggle to survive. When Lena is caught up in a forbidden romance, she must make a difficult decision: stay in Portland and be cured, or give in to the delirium.
This novel, like Oliver's debut novel (BEFORE I FALL), is extremely well written. She finds a good balance between a compelling plot with plenty of action and a good amount of character development. And the ending--I'll just say that the sequel can't come soon enough.