Today I’m writing about “Delirium” by Lauren Oliver. The book was published for the first time on February 3rd 2011. I’ve known about this book for really long time. It was recommended to me by a friend. Probably since 3 years I wanted to read it but I wasn’t able to get to it. I got the book in January and was the first book I read for 2017. It’s a nice love story in a dystopian world. The genres are young adult, romance and fiction.
He who leaps for the sky may fall, it’s true. But he may also fly.
The main characters are Lena Haloway, Alex Sheathes, Hana Tate, Grace Tiddle, Carol Tiddle and more.
I know that the whole point—the only point—is to find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go.
The story sets in a dystopian future where love is sickness. It poisons humans’ minds and make them go mad. Sometimes they even end their lifes. That’s why all US teens who turned eighteen years must undergo a procedure called “cure” which will make them unable to love. After the procedure they are matched to few people one of which later will become their husband/wife. They have to carefully choose one of them to be their partner.
Everything begins with Lena’s life before the procedure. She graduates high school and pretty much tries to have the most amazing summer with her best friend Hana before both undergoing the procedure in autumn and forgetting everything about each other and their friendship. They do a lot of fun and some forbidden things but they know that is going to end and they will soon forget it all.
Lena is a pretty good girl and does everything that her aunt says even if she doesn’t want to do it. But everything in her life changes when she meets Alex. She know that being with him is very dangerous and illegal. But after meeting him she also understands how wrong is to be “cured” and she knows she has to fight for her right to love whoever she wants. Although, they live in a heavily controlled and restrictive society they still cannot live without each other. You can see how their relationship grows and strengthens up untill a point where they cannot be separated. Even though, they know it’s dangerous and they could even die they do it anyway.
I love you. Remember. They cannot take it away.
The story is mainly concentrated on Alex and Lena’s relationship. But there are some details about the society they live that Lauren Oliver writes about. Things like childdren’s songs, fragments from the laws and rules they have to follow and even poetry. All these things make your imagination build the world of “Delirium” in your head. Another thing worth saying is how good Oliver writes. The rich language she uses, all the different words which are used to describe different scenes just makes it a lot easier to imagine. And in some way feel the emotions the main characters feel.
“Delirium” is one book full of emotions, drama, love and heartbreaking moments in the dystopian world of one over controlled society. I really like dystopian and fiction books and I can say that Oliver’s book is one of the best dystopian books I have read. If you love such books, don’t hesitate just read it. “Delirium” has also two more parts which I still haven’t read but I’m sure that they’re going to be just as good as the first one.
You can build walls all the way to the sky and I will find a way to fly above them. You can try to pin me down with a hundred thousand arms, but I will find a way to resist. And there are many of us out there, more than you think. People who refuse to stop believing. People who refuse to come to earth. People who love in a world without walls, people who love into hate, into refusal, against hope, and without fear.