“I really liked the premise of this but it dragged a bit and wasn't as good as I hoped. I gave it 3 stars rather than 2 because the ending was a surprise. However, the last 1/4 of the book seemed to drag and drag. ”Christi wrote this review Thursday, June 23, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book reminds me of The Uglies series by Scott Westerfield...EXCEPT this book is not full of annoying fake futuristic vocabulary and inventions. This book is very well written. It also reminds me in a way of Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry. This book has become one of my favorites! ”Erin Rene wrote this review Wednesday, June 22, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Sad at the end!”Madylin wrote this review Tuesday, June 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was OK. I never really got hooked on it but it was an interesting concept overall and there def. were some interesting parts that kept me reading. The ending surprised me very very much! I don't think that I will read the rest of the trilogy however...”Gabi wrote this review Tuesday, June 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Lena Holloway lives in a society where love is treated as a disease. All members of this society must receive a procedure at the age of eighteen in order to cure themselves of the ability to love. Lena is looking forward to the procedure until she meets Alex, who is an Invalid (someone who has not received the cure). Lena and Alex fall in love, and plan to escape to the Wilds, where the Invalids live. Lena escapes, but only because Alex sacrifices himself to save her.
I loved this book! I was tremendously disappointed by the ending, but I suppose the author had her reasons for tearing the lovers apart. I loved the science-fiction piece about discovering and implementing a cure for love, and I loved the government publishings that begin each chapter. The author provides such unexpected insights. I have recommended this book to everyone I know!
Uses in the classroom
• Connect to other books where love has caused the demise of one or more characters such as Romeo and Juilet
• Debate the pros and cons of love
• Discuss the elements of science-fiction, fantasy, and realistic fiction
• Read for enjoyment
Other books one might pair with or connect to Delirium
• Matched by Ally Condie
• Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
"Delicious" quote from the book
• "The deadliest of all things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."”
“All I could do once I finished this book was sit there and say "wow" over and over. This is an EXCELLENT book -- great story, great writing, very creative. I believe that both high school girls and boys (and adults) will enjoy this book. The growth of the main character and her understanding of what is going on is developed in an incredible manner.”Armenator wrote this review Monday, June 20, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fascinating idea, that love could be an illness to be cured. I can't wait for the rest of the trillogy, too bad #2 doesn't come out until Feb.”Mrs. Fallis wrote this review Saturday, June 18, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This story reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood's A Handmaid's Tale. It was well-written and engrossing, but I found the ending a little unsatisfying. Yes the young woman makes it, but what happens next? I really felt like the whole story was built up to a crescendo and then rushed through to a kind of anti-climatic ending.”Jennifer B wrote this review Wednesday, June 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“this book was very sad at the end that i can't believe it happened but besides that it very good.”stacy wrote this review Wednesday, June 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Is Love the ultimate sickness, fatal when you have it AND when you don't? Or the true meaning of life? What if Love, ALL love, was banned and anything that might lead to it banned including touch, gender mingling, poetry, fairy tales and desire. Oliver's novel deals in these questions through the narrative of Lena as she prepares for the Cure, a government mandated operation that kills the last vestiges of love, but with it empathy, dreams, ambition and essentially all real happiness. After the operation you become the perfect citizen, are paired with selected mates and given a selected career to live out a selected life of nothingness--no pain, no troubles & no point to living.
Although, this is geared for young adults I think the plot line is unique and strong enough to appeal to all different age groups, it had the terrifying real possibility scare that Atwood's Handmaid's Tale has with the urgency of Meyers' Host.
*The only thing I can say it lacked maybe was a better ending--the ending was very perfect, but abrupt and I just wished the author had gone a little farther so I could've known if she ever found her mother and if Gracie ever escapes into the Wilds too.”