Thursday, February 17, 2011

Book review +giveaway: Delirium by Lauren Oliver


I can honestly say that I now know why everyone's been raving on about Lauren Oliver! Delirium is a wonderful begining to a new dystopian trilogy. If you're looking for some great dystopia to fill in the void after the last book in The Hunger Games trilogy then I strongly recommend you to check out Delirium(even if you didn't like THG you should definitely check out this novel). 


My summary:
This time I'll leave the summary to the book trailer:







My thoughts:
Delirium is the first book in a new dystopian trilogy by Lauren Oliver, the author behind Before I Fall(which I have yet to read but I do own a copy of it). I'm more often than not a bit skeptical to novels that receive much praise, my expectations is sky high and I'm often let down but I'm glad to say that Delirium did not let me down one bit!


Oliver has taken inspiration from the past years flu epidemics and created a world(or a state actually) where love is a disease which must be avoided at all costs. It's a scary scenario, can you imagine what it would be like if people couldn't feel love?


The main character, Lena, has been told all her life how horrible a disease love is, why should she doubt that information? I mean there's plenty of evidence in the human history that shows us the horrible things love can do to a person. In Delirium the story of Romeo and Juliet is being used in schools to serve as an example of the terrible disease that love is.

Lena's family has a bad reputation due to family scandals in the past and Lena longs for her procedure and counts the days until it's her turn. Lena want's so bad to be just like everyone else, she longs for a life where she no longer needs to fear getting amor deliria nervosa. Lena's best friend Hana is almost Lena's opposite when it comes to getting the cure. Before the cure everyone has to be evaluated and when the day has arrived Hana says the following to Lena:

You can't be really happy unless you're unhappy sometimes. You know that, right?

Hana scares Lena. It is strictly forbidden to utter negative opinions about the cure. If you do resist the goverment and the cure you might have to take the procedure before it is safe, you might be thrown into the crypts or worse..

I really liked the characters in this novel, they were belivable and cleverly written. My favorite character was Grace, Lena's six year old cousin, who due to a traumatic experience dosen't speak one word. Grace just somehow touched my heart. This story has it all; action, romance, tragedy, angst and more.

If you want to read Delirium then just leave a comment below and make sure to include your email address so  I can get in touch with you. Giveaway ends February 24th and it's international!

Many thanks to the people at Hodder & Stoughton Ltd for sending me a review copy.

The cover:
It is just so pretty. I took a little while for me to discover that there actually was a girl behind the title *blush*

My rating of this book:
5 stars out of 5

Want a second opinion? Check out these reviews written by some of my book blogging friends:
Confessions of A Book Addict
The Hiding Spot
holes In My brain
Book Couture
The Eclectic Reader
Pure Imagination

Want to know more?
Add Delirium to your Goodreads wish list.
Visit Lauren Oliver's homepage 
Read Lauren's blog 
Follow Lauren on Twitter

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Published: February 3rd 2011
Pages(hardcover): 400
Publisher:  Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
ISBN: 0340980915, ISBN13: 9780340980910
Full disclosure: 
ARC received from the publisher. 

This book can be purchased from a number of local retailers and on-line book stores such as Amazon or The Book Depository (I'm not an affiliate of either). The latter store does by the way have free shipping to about 100 countries.

80 comments:

  1. Great review!

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  2. Ah, I really need to get this book too!<3 Your giveaway is International or US only?:D
    Thanks!
    xoxo

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  3. Count me in, Delirium is definitely on my TBR pile, thanks for the chance to win.

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  4. Yaaay! Thank you! I soooo want this book!<3 It sounds interesting and refreshing and I've heard a lot of good things about it around the blogosphere. Thanks for the review, btw! :D
    xoxo

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  5. I soooooo want Delirium! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. +JMJ+

    Please enter me! I love Dystopian YA! =D

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    Thanks! =)

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  7. I am getting this one soon :)

    A girl..ok can't see it, it's like Across the universe, so embarrassing, I didn't see the faces

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  8. Great story! Thanks for the giveaway and for making it international.

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  9. Great review! I really want to read this book :-)

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  10. My e - mail adress is: siljeblomst@gmail.com

    :-)

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  11. A world where love is portrayed as a disease...I must read this one soon. And I just realized that's a girl in the title too, so cool =) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. This seriously looks like such a good book! Can't wait to read it!
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  13. This sounds like such a great book. I've been wanting to read it, but haven't been able to get my hands on a copy. Maybe this will be my chance! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  14. I have heard many people now including you rave about this book. I would love to see what the hype is all about. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  15. I really would love to own a copy of this book! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  16. I want a copy so bad!!!

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  17. Thanks for the giveaway!Ever since i gotten before i fall, i'm so ready to read delirium :)

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  18. I've been wanting to read Delirium since I read Before I Fall! Please include me! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  19. Everyone is raving about this book!!! I really can't wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway =)

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  20. I really, really want to read this....and answer the question: "If it were possible, would I do it?"

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  21. Fantastic review. I can't wait to read this one!

    Vivien
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  22. I'm dying to have a copy of this book!! Thank you so much for the giveaway!!

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  23. I'd love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
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  25. This book looks so good!

    Stephanie
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  26. Awesome! I would love to read this!
    Thanks!
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  27. I have bought Before I Fall for my sister's birthday, - I wanted to read it and thought after she finished it I could have a go, but so far she hasn't relinquished her hold on it, she absolutely loves that book! I would love to give her Delirium too, I'm sure she would love it too (but this time, hopefully I'll ahve time to read it before her birthday rolls around in March ;-))

    Thanks for the great giveaway, i'm really curious about Delirium!

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  28. I can't wait to read this book. Great review!
    And thanks for the chance.
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  29. please enter me!

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  30. I would love to read this book—please enter me to win!

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  31. I sooooooo want to read this book! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  32. Getting more and more excited about Delirium from all these positive reviews! :D

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  33. Read Before I fall. And am really anxious to read this new book.

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  34. want to read this yay!

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  35. I read a lot of good reviews about this book!!!Count me in!
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  36. This sounds good and I'd love to read it!

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  37. I read Before I fall and I really liked it, nut now that I know that the author of that book has a dystopian novel... I can't wait to read it!
    please count me in

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  38. This sounds great. I own Before I Fall too, but haven't read it yet either. LOL

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  39. I definitely want to read it, thanks for the chance!

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  40. I think I only have read good reviews of this book. I think it's like impossible not to like this book actually lol

    So yes please, I would love to enter :)

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  41. I would love to read one of her books, great review I keep seeing good reviews.

    Lane

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  42. Greetings~ Indeed this ya novel sounds different already. I must read it =)

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    Thanks 4 a great contest

    ~Jannette~

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  43. I really want to read this book!
    Please enter me :)

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  44. Thanks for the chance to win! I loved Before I Fall and I can't wait to read Delirium :)
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  45. Thanks for hosting a giveaway! I would really like to have a chance to read this book!

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  46. I would love to read this book thanks for th chance

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  47. I would really like to read this - thank you for the giveaway :)

    Lucy
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  48. This book sounds so amazing. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  49. Awesome! Would love to read this book! :D

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  50. Lots of dystopian novels out lately, I'm kind of overwhelmed by the selection! But this one sounds interesting!

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  51. This is AMAZING,a chance to win a copy of a Delirum?This totally blows my mind. :)
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  52. 54 comments, oh well, I'm trying anyway :)

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  53. Soo glad this book didn't let you down! I usually have really high hopes for books as well, and it's so sad to be let down...

    Hahaha I know it was just until someone pointed it out that I saw the girl on the cover. And then I forgot about it right away so now when you mentioned it I had to check again and re-discovered the hidden girl :P

    I'd love to be entered in the contest!
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  54. I've been pining for Delirium! The cover looks gorg! :D I'd love to enter, please!

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  55. thanks for the giveaway, the story sounds amazing
    my email
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    thanks!!!!

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  56. Thanks for the giveaway, and for making it international! :)
    Can't wait to read Delirium!!!!
    Thank you,

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  57. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  58. Delirium seems to be a really great book! :D Thanks for the chance of winning one!

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  59. I would love to read it, you make it seem like a realy good book

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  60. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  61. Thanks for the review and giveaway! I've heard so much about this book. Would so love to win! Please count me in :)

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  62. This book sounds great, I'd love to read it!

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  64. Ooh, ooh! Please count me in! Thanks so much!

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  65. Nice review, and thanks for the giveaway!

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  66. I can't wait to read this book.

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  67. Ooooh. This book sounds AWESOME. I'll definitely read this! :D

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  68. I would love to read this book!

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  69. If I didn't already have Delerium on my tbr list you're review would have totally sold me! Thanks so much for the kind giveaway =)

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  70. Great giveaway!
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  71. thanks for the giveaway!

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  72. awesome book!

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  73. I'm in.. :)
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  74. omg i would soooo love to win this book thanks for the giveaway! my email is krispycake@hotmail.co.uk xx

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  75. I was so happy when I read that this is international! I'd love to read this book.

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  76. Too bad I missed the giveaway. Now I'll definitely pick this book up. :)

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