6:18 PM Posted by Lori
I don't even know where to begin. I know I have said it in many reviews, but it has never been more true than right now: Whatever I say in this review will not do this book justice. It is an experience that you just have to have on your own. I don't have enough words to explain to you how this book made me feel, but I'm going to try to use the ones I've got.
I love dystopia. It's hands down my favorite genre. When I heard that Lauren Oliver was releasing a dystopian book I knew I had to read it as soon as possible. I loved Before I Fall, so I knew this book would have to be great, but I didn't know it was going to be incredible. Oliver has not only created a dystopian world but she has executed it flawlessly. It has elements of Orwell's 1984, but in a much more updated and realistic way. The society in Delirium has deemed Love a disease. All the troubles of the past can be attributed to this disease. To Amor Deliria Nervosa. So, when you turn 18 you are cured. Lena has looked forward to getting her cure her entire life. Until she meets Alex.
This book is not simply just a romance or just a dystopian. It's so much more. Lena and Alex consumed me, consumed my life for the short time that I was reading about theirs. I didn't want to let them go after the book was over. Their emotions and thoughts were so well evoked on the page that it was like they were my emotions and thoughts.
The writing was fantastic. A book rarely ever makes me miss sleep, this one did. It was completely impossible to put down and impossible to lounge on the couch will reading. I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat. This book devastated me, but I loved every minute of it. It was beautiful and frightening.
You might think it sounds a little dramatic, but this book changed me in some small way. I don't think I will look at life and love in the same way anymore. It's powerful. It's the best book I have ever read. And I don't throw that phrase around easily. Buy it! Pre-order it! Read it! Maybe it will change your life too.