Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver (Book 1)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Dystopian Fiction

Age Recommended: 15 and up

I’ve gotten a little bored of the typical dystopian fiction novels, and this book started out kind of the same way as the others, but evolved into something that was much more interesting to read. The story gave off major 1984 (by George Orwell) vibes, which I liked, and had a lot of similar concepts even though the overarching theme was different. I would definitely recommend this book to people who are looking for something a little more “out there”.


Lena lives in a society where love is outlawed. At age eighteen, all citizens undergo a procedure that wipes the idea of love from their head; they are then matched up with suitable partners and live out the rest of their lives with the perfect family. People on whom the procedure fails are thrown into jail or killed, making it all the more necessary to hide your thoughts at all times.

Lena’s father died when she was very young and her mother committed suicide after the procedure failed to work on her and the man she was in love with died. Lena now lives with her aunt and uncle and is about to turn eighteen, meaning she will undergo the procedure and be promised to a boy before she graduates from high school.

After seeing what happened to her mother, Lena is a model citizen in society, but when her best friend starts participating in tiny acts of rebellion with sympathizers, those who still believe in love, Lena can’t help but wonder what it would feel like. When she meets a boy named Alex, who starts showing her the parts of the world she’s never seen before, Lena begins to understand what she’s been missing.

But with the date for her procedure arriving quickly, Lena has a decision to make…

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Delirium (Delirium Trilogy)

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