Monday, March 9, 2015

Delirium - Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver

I absolutely loved this book. This series, beginning with Delirium was my first introduction to Lauren Oliver. She now makes my list of favourite authors.

The thing that stands out most for me in delirium is the character development. So many authors skip from one aspect of their hero to the next, while Oliver takes the entirety of the book to develop Lena, our heroine. We go from someone who buys into her dystopian surroundings as the utopia the government tells her it is, to someone who very slowly comes to the realization that it really isn't the utopia she's been led to believe.

The way Oliver immerses us in her storytelling is absolutely stunning. I found myself craving to read more and more. 

The story takes place in a world where they've decided love is a disease - you're given the "cure" at eighteen years old and are matched with a partner to continue your life in holy matrimony with. This first installment of the trilogy takes us into a world without love - into the mind of Lena Halloway, a girl excited to get her "cure".

Something I particularly loved about this book was the beginnings of each chapter. At the head of the chapter there is a quote from "The Book of Shhh" (The book of everything in the world Oliver's created). There are excerpts from stories, poems and rhymes, etc. and they really help immerse you in the story line.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who's a fan of the YA Dystopian genre - a must read, for sure.

I know there's a pilot episode for a TV show based on the trilogy, but haven't yet had the gumption to find and watch it. It would be so sad to me to see all the characters I love in full colour on the screen and have it taken away from me since Fox decided it was a no-go. I've come to dislike Fox for what they did to other shows like Firefly.