Delirium is the first book of a trilogy by Lauren Oliver.

Delirium Book Cover

Writing style: 4.5/5

Oliver has a way with words, manipulating them into melodies, rather than just simple sentence. It feels like there is a rhythm to what she puts on the page and she is deliberate with every description, piece of dialogue, even the run on sentences she favors. It’s all meant to bring this first person POV to life, help you better imagine and feel the world she’s creating. I especially love how she describes the setting of Portland, Maine – I read somewhere that Oliver spent some time in the city just to make sure she got the details right.

One thing I noticed is that her metaphors hardly ever use the similes “as” or “like” (at least the way she writes makes these not stand out as much). This gives her prose that poetic feel; however, it could get drawn out and melodramatic sometimes, especially when she would do standalone paragraphs at the beginning or end of chapters to set the mood or do character development.

Creativity of story: 4/5

I don’t want to put too many spoilers in this review, but Oliver’s world is basically a love story set in a world without love.

The world of Delirium centers around the notion that love is a disease. I think it’s a great idea to turn an emotion, something so erratic and wild, into a plague that needs to be eradicated, managed, handled. The way the government in this story does this is pretty interesting and realistic, and I enjoyed learning more about the world than I did the love story between Lena and Alex. Why? It didn’t really feel electric or real. It was juvenile, but then again, that’s because the story calls for it – Lena has shunned the idea of love almost her entire life. Watching their love story unfold just wasn’t the most exciting part about this book for me.

Overall thoughts: Worth Reading

It’s got classic elements – the innocent blossoming of first love – and these wild, uncharted territories – love is a disease, it is illegal, and it will kill you. As I mentioned, the love story here is sub-par compared to the world building, and the development of Lena’s character. Her background, the way her thinking evolves over the course of the book, and the secrets about her life are really intriguing. Even her relationships with everyone but Alex are very interesting to watch. I just started the second book in the series, Pandemonium, and so far it seems like Lena has gotten even better as a character.

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I watched Silver Linings Playbook (surprisingly awesome movie!) and have been obsessed with this song ever since. It makes me want to sit on a barrel and play the spoons on my knee while someone whistles Dixie in the background…wait is that offensive?

I’m sick. Again. Seems like every time I do a music post, I get sick. I’m in that beginning stage where the germs have made their first stand in my throat and could charge into my lungs or up my nose at any moment. Seems all my white blood cells aren’t too sure yet how to chase them completely out of my body.

Lots of rest this weekend will be a must. Except there’s a hockey game (Go Canucks Go!), and an insane tastebud-gongshow miracle fruit party, and Superbowl commercials and a halftime show happening. Ungh. So much for total relaxation.

Happy weekend guys! Stay healthy <3

Watch the music video for this song

(Ho) I don’t think your right for him(Hey)
Look at might have been if you’d
(Ho) Took a bus to Chinatown (Hey)
I’d be standing on Canal
(Ho) And Bowery (Hey)
(Ho) She’d be standing next to me (Hey)
(2, 3) I belong with you, you belong with me
You’re my sweetheart
I belong with you, you belong with me
You’re my sweetheart

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Does anyone else think that Lauryn Hill is a lyrical genius? Her music is seriously like poetry. I just…god, just listen to this song and soak it all in.

Now I may have faith to make mountains fall
But if I lack love then I am nothin’ at all
I can give away everything I possess
But left without love then I have no happiness
I know I’m imperfect [I know I’m imperfect]
& not without sin [& not without sin]
But now that I’m older all childish things end
And tell him…

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Finally had a chance to e-mail Vancouver International Airport about the US customs fiasco last week. The airport germs have finally caught up with me though and now I’m going to let this very appropriate song lull me back to dreamland so I can forget about my fever for a bit.

All along it was a fever
A cold sweat hot-headed believer
I threw my hands in the air, I said show me something
He said, if you dare come a little closer

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Heard this song for the first time yesterday. Jason Mraz knows all the right word to make a gal swoon.

Maybe I annoy you with my choices
Well, you annoy me sometimes too with your voice
But that ain’t enough for me
To move out and move on
I’m just gonna love you like the woman I love

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