Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Book Review: Delirium


Oh, YA novels, I love you so. I've been thinking about how much I enjoy reading dystopian literature while spending some time organizing our bookshelves this week, and realizing just what a long love-affair it's been. It started off at an early age with A Wrinkle in Time (although I suppose that book is much more sci-fi, really), and continued with The Handmaid's Tale, and then exploded as more and more awesome books appeared while I taught high school English. It was a treat discovering all of them right along with my students, and I think that's one of the main facets of teaching I miss; all of the reading and discussion.

This book I'm reviewing though, I tried to avoid for quite some time. I'm not really sure why, but I would see Delirium in my recommended Amazon titles every time I would log into the site. I had read the short summary a few times, but after reading so many other trilogies that sounded so similar, it just didn't hook me, and yet there it was, the same cover, always annoyingly begging to be read.

Then a couple of nights ago I couldn't sleep so I decided to just give it a go (at least it would finally get off my recs list!) and downloaded the sample to my Kindle. Of course, because this is just how things work with me, I was hooked. First off, the writing is really great, but even more so, the story is truly captivating.

You know I don't like to give much (if anything!) away, but here's a super short little hook for you. It's all about a regular old girl, living in a regular old place (a futuristic Portland, Maine), who is just trying to live her life in the confines and insanely rigid structure the government has set in place. In this world "love" is seen as a disease, and around your 18th birthday you get the cure, although many people become "infected" before this, which is dangerous and deadly, as far as society is concerned. I'm sure you can guess what maybe happens next, but trust me, it's worth the read.

Delirium had me on the edge of my seat, and crossing my fingers that it would all work out. It's a wonderful read- a fast book that keeps on moving- and it's book that makes you think about what we deem important in our own society, and what we see as important in our own lives. With a protagonist you want to root for, and a society you'll end up hating, I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about love, adventure or a world gone bad that might have a little good left in it, somewhere (this is the part where I always feel like I'm on Reading Rainbow).

Let me know if you decide to check it out!

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23 comments:

  1. Oh, A Wrinkle in Time! My friends and I filmed our own version of it for our middle school english class. It was quite the disaster :)

    Isn't it fun thinking that you'll get to revisit all these with your kids!

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  2. Sounds like a great concept, I think I might download the Sample too and see what I think. Thanks for the recommendation :) Rosie x

    www.everywordhandwritten.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I read this one yesterday. I liked most of it, but some parts of it had me rolling my eyes (his shoulder blades in the moonlight reminded me of angel's wings.... Really, I mean really?). But I got sucked into the story and immediately requested the next books in the series at the library. So there's that. Yeah, YA lit. It will get you everytime.

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  4. I really liked this one. I read the final 2, and (warning, but maybe it was just me?) I was a bit more disappointed by the second 2 (as compared to the first).
    I think, if you liked this, then you should also check out:
    1) When She Woke http://www.amazon.com/When-She-Woke-Hillary-Jordan/dp/B006TQUSQU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369240959&sr=8-1&keywords=when+she+woke

    as well as "Ready Player One" -totally DID NOT THINK that this one would be something I'd be interested in at all, but I ended up loving it.
    http://www.amazon.com/Ready-Player-One-Ernest-Cline/dp/0307887448/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369240985&sr=1-1&keywords=ready+player+one

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  5. I read this series and can not recommend it enough. Especially to anyone who enjoyed The Hunger Games.

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  6. I Loved this book too! But unfortunately I strongly disliked the second and third... Keep us posted on what you think, if you finish the trilogy. :)

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  7. I've read the whole trilogy and really liked them! I'm a huge fan of YA fiction so it's nice to see other moms that are the same. If you haven't read Divergent by Veronica Roth yet then PLEASE do it. You will be sucked in!

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  8. I just finished this series and LOVED them. And I agree completely with the comment above you have to read Divergent if you haven't already. Another trilogy that is incredibly addicting. Enjoy!

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  9. I've read this book, I loved it!

    Carina xx
    http://www.carstina.com/

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  10. that is one of my favorite YA fiction series! you will love the other two books. this is the best one but i still loved the other two! :)

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  11. For years now, I've read your book reviews and always add them to my list of must reads, but I'll be honest and say that adding them to the list is as far as I ever get! I don't have a Kindle (digital books make me a little sad) and I have trouble remembering to order a copy online or to make it to a bookstore. Today I caved and downloaded the Kindle App on my phone, and I just purchased Delirium as my first digital book! Just wanted to say thank you for the great reviews (no spoilers-yay!) and here goes nothing!

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  12. That sounds great, actually! Going on my "to read" list...

    Christen
    feathers and ash

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  13. I enjoyed Delirium, although it did not hit me with the absolute obsession that some YA books do. Have you read The Daughter of Smoke and Bone or the Divergent series? Total. Obsession.

    -Emily
    11shakes.blogspot.com

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  14. Do you have a GoodReads account?? I bet you would love it, Dani.

    -KB

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  15. I have been BINGING on YA novels, so thanks for recommending this. Added to my list.

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  16. i've been looking for a new book so i downloaded delirium as soon as i saw your post...i love it so far! i started reading it this morning and almost made myself late for work because i couldn't put it down! despite a few cheesy lines, it's definitely worth it so far. thanks for this recommendation!

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  17. I LOVE Delirium. Pandemonium (the second one) is good, but disappointing compared to the first, but Requiem (the third) was really good! Have you read Divergent? AMAZING.

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  18. I LOVE Delirium. Pandemonium (the second one) is good, but disappointing compared to the first, but Requiem (the third) was really good! Have you read Divergent? AMAZING.

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  19. I loooved the whole series, even though I agree with the reviews of the second. Fox made the pilot for it with Emma Roberts and such, but it wasn't picked up. I WAS SO SAD.

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  20. This series is one of my top 5 for sure! I work in a book store and I recommend this book (& divergent) all the time.

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  21. i absolutely loved delirium! the second book was really great too but the third book ruined it for me. i absolutely hated it which made me so sad. i'd LOVE to hear your thoughts on requiem!

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  22. Thank you for your great book reviews, Saturday I didn't really know what to read and Delirium was in my proposed readings on Kobo so based on your review I gave it a shot.... and I finished it in two days!

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  23. If you haven't read Across the Universe and the subsequent books, I highly recommend it. I avoided it the way you avoided Delirium, and absolutely fell in love with it once I started reading. The Chaos Walking trilogy as well. So good!

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