This book stayed for 151 days, 3,624 hours, 217,440 minutes in my Currently Reading Shelf. At least I didn’t give up. Achievement! *throws confetti*
Delirium and I had a lot of memories together. Once I spilled a jumbo Serenitea Roasted Sesame on it. (Yes, they replaced it.) Then my office mates hid it when we had an overnight shindig. I spent hours looking for it. If I didn’t seriously threatened to leave the place (at 2 in the morning), they wouldn’t give it back. I always bring it to the office for a month or two and when I went home to Pangasinan. It looked very pretty when I bought it. Now it looked abused. Haha.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Hardcover, Special Edition, HarperTeen, 441 pages
Read from March 25 to August 22, 2012
I really, really tried to like Delirium. The idea of love as a disease (complete with a clinical name, Amor Deliria Nervosa) and a world devoid of this emotion is an intriguing concept. There are things in this book that didn’t work for me but I have to say it was beautifully written. Oliver is a talented writer, her prose is stunning and meaningful. I have to give her that. We could see how well she thought of this society in every chapter epigraph. Those were one of the things I find nice in this novel but the strongest point is still Oliver’s writing.
The biggest pain for me was Lena. I don’t like her. She is so annoying. I tried understanding Lena’s situation. I tried to see her as a person who never experienced love and never felt it from her family since all of them are cured except from her Mom but then she has deliria. But I really didn’t relate to her. I find her bitter, infuriating and foolish.
The book’s pacing was also a problem. I was so used to fast-paced dystopian novels full of action-packed scenes that I have to drop this book at times or I’ll die of boredom. The descriptive prose is as I said nicely written but I want to skip them just to get to the good part. I didn’t pick up a dystopian novel to read drama, if I wanted that I’ll stick to realistic fiction. Reading this was a challenge. I have to repeatedly convince myself that the next page won’t be boring, if I don’t I would never have finished this.
I only got excited at the last 3-4 chapters of the book. I felt the real story was only beginning and the rest was just an introduction. And of course the novel ended with a huge cliffhanger which is typical to series now a days. Instead of feeling bad, I was so relieved. My Delirium days are over.
My rating is 2.5 Kiss Marks. 1.5 for the writing, 0.5 for the pretty cover and 0.5 for the rest.
I would still read the rest of the series. Heck, I finished Fifty Shades Trilogy even if the writing was bad. Oliver deserves another chance, better than E.L. James.
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