Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bookanistas: DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver

My secretary & Delirium!
 Plot without spoilers…Lena cannot wait to turn eighteen so that she can have the procedure that will prevent her from succumbing to “deliria”—or love. The government is right, isn’t it? The cure makes civilization safe, and the world run smoothly. Then, she meets Alex and they fall in love. Suddenly, Lena begins to question the worth of a life without strong emotion, without pain--without poetry.

Of literary interest…Each chapter of the novel begins with a quotation from a fictional but realistic-sounding source such as the government’s “Safety, Health and Happiness Handbook,” a “proverb” or even a nursery tale that sounds almost as if it could be from our own world. These headings give the book a very near-future feeling.

Finally, just gotta say…A great love story set in an incredibly authentic-feeling dystopian world, complete with its own literary canon.

What are the other Bookanistas going crazy about this week?

Elana Johnson gushes over Blood Magic

LiLa Roecker & Shelli Johannes-Wells adore Hourglass

Christine Fonseca raves about Cryer’s Cross – with giveaway

Shannon Messenger applauds A Need So Beautiful – with giveaway

Megan Miranda has a passion for Possession

Carolina Valdez Miller sees beauty in Between Shades of Gray

Bethany Wiggins finds Bad Taste in Boys delicious

Shana Silver celebrates A Need So Beautiful

Carrie Harris thinks Wrapped simply rocks

Rosemary Clement-Moore is giddy about Hourglass

Sarah Frances Hardy finds the awesome in Okay for Now


Erin said...

Yeah, I loved the quotes at the beginning of each chapter, too! Such a small touch, but brilliant! Great book. One I'm going to have to re-read in the future.

Thanks for sharing!

Erin @ Quitting My Day Job said...

Delirium is on my to read list for June. I've heard great things about. So I will be reading it soon after I'm done with Die for Me and Divergent.

Carolina M. Valdez Schneider said...

Few reviews have mentioned the "quotes" at the beginning of each chapter, and now I wonder why. You point to something really important. They definitely lent a really authentic feel to the story, adding so much to the dystopian universe Oliver created. It's one to pick up for sure.

Also, your Delirium is precious!!

Regina said...

I really want to read this one. Thanks for your insight to it. I hope to pick up some of her books soon!

Stasia said...

Agreed, Erin, definitely worth a second read.
And thanks for stopping by, Lena, Carol & Regina--definitely give this one a read!