archive: book review: delirium by lauren oliver

“The most dangerous sicknesses are those that make us believe we are well” – Proverb 42, The Book of Shhh

Try and imagine a world in which love does not exist; a world where love is considered to be a deadly disease which should be eradicated. People lived for years, being in love, before they realised that the deliria is the worst kind of illness, the kind that makes you believe you are well.

It wasn’t until scientists found a cure that people began to realise that love is not a good thing. The Orwellian inspired government (of which the supporting book, 1984, is actually on the forbidden list) insists that every person received the cure upon turning eighteen. Children are brought up only with others of the same gender so as to not risk infection before eligible for treatment.

People are told by the government what to say, what to think, who to marry, how many children they will have and what they will do for work. Author Lauren Oliver explores this concept of total government control in her second novel, Delirium, the first in her Dystopian trilogy, with Pandemonium and Requiem set to be released in February of 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Oliver claims that she was inspired to write Delirium while she was at the gym. She had always been told that the best novels contain suspense and romance; while pondering this thought, a news report came on about a endemic and she wondered what would happen if the government managed to convince everyone that love was a disease. Delirium is what would happen.

Such a gripping read. Definitely worth reading.

Published 1st January 2011.

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