Genre: Science Fiction (Dystopia)
Rating: 2.5 stars
In the future, love is determined to be a disease that will kill you from the inside out. Thankfully, there is a cure, a surgery that takes place on everyone's eighteenth birthday. Lena is looking forward to it more than anyone, especially since love caused her mother's suicide. Having the surgery will free Lena from her painful past into a world of peace. Then she meets Alex, the charming, gorgeous, kind, and possibly illegal boy. The disease takes hold of her before she even realizes what's happening, and she starts to question if love is such a terrible thing.
I loved the first chapter, but then I realized: I had read this book. Back then it was in the form of The Giver by Lois Lowry and Uglies by Scott Westerfield, and apparently it's a lot like Brave New World, too. (I haven't read that yet, so I can't say.) I'm sure Lauren Oliver didn't intend all the similarities between these books and her own, but the correlations are there nonetheless. A society that takes away choice and performs surgery to alter its citizens? Check. The protagonist's revelation about his/her world? Check. Me feeling really disappointed because of all the hype? Check.
There were some good parts, though, and Oliver's writing style was one of them. The characters are appealing and I found myself swooning every time Alex was mentioned. (Although if his hair color was rehashed one more time I was going to go crazy. We get it, it looks like leaves. Moving on.) The end is intense and it gave me hope that maybe (maybe) the sequel will redeem this book's flaws. I doubt it, though. From what I've heard about Pandemonium, it seems just as predictable as the first. Maybe Oliver's other book, Before I Fall, will be better.
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Have you ever been disappointed by a book? What's your opinion of Delirium?