Some books are just beautiful. It doesn’t matter whether the story is slow, or not quite rollercoaster enough, they are written with such intricate beauty, it’s like staring at a work of art. Utterly breathtaking. Delirium is one of these books.
They say that the cure for love will make me happy and safe forever. And I’ve always believed them. Until now.
There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it.
But now love has been declared a dangerous disease.
Everyone who turns eighteen must be immunised with a procedure called the Cure. Lena Haloway is looking forward to being able to live the safe, predictable life the government claims the cure will bring. But meeting Alex, an enigmatic boy from the Wilds, might just make her question everything she’s been raised to believe.
My Review 4*
I’d wanted to read this book for a while; it was one of those books I’d seen everywhere. But it always got shoved to the bottom of the pile in favour of other things. But I was determined to get through it. I’d heard a lot of positive reviews so I couldn’t help but stick my nose in.
It was good, excellent even. But it was a little slow, and if you’re planning on writing a thick book, it’s best not to make it slow. If you’re a YA reader who loves fantasy, but the far fantasy kind of writing, instead of this new slicked-clean dystopian style, then it’s definitely for you. Oliver’s style is stunning. I can honestly say I don’t recall the last time I read a book, that beautifully written. It’s poetic, a piece of art painted in words. It’s worth reading just for the rich tapestry of images she creates.
Her style has a particular rhythm and pace to it. It’s smooth like cream and flows like a river and so individual I know I’d be able to identify another book written by her with my eyes closed.
There were only two things that lost her the fifth star; the first was the pace I’ve already mentioned. The second was the ending, with the exception of the penultimate paragraph and the protagonist reaction, which I hadn’t expected, the ending was predictable. I know, I know. I come to YA for a reason; I know what to expect from the ending, and yet there are plenty of YA books publishing endings that feel fresh and new.
That being said, there was a fantastic twist near the end that I hadn’t expected, and the characters were fab. I loved Lena’s cousin, Gracie, and I liked the lead male, he could perhaps have talked a little more as I didn’t feel we got to know him as well as we could have.
But despite all that, I adored the world Oliver built, and I had that book hangover feeling. That bereft sense of loss after you finish a book.
If you like Dystopian YA plots and worlds that have a descriptive style more like far fantasy, then I say give it a whirl.
I wrote another post about this book, deconstructing the magic of her description. You can check it out here.
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