Author: Lauren Oliver
Paperback edition, 441 pages
Published: February 7th, 2012
Ninety-five days, and then I’ll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It’s hard to be patient. It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.
This is my second time reading this book. The first time, I DNF it. After re-reading it, I could see why we didn’t get along the first time! It’s actually slightly better the second time.So here are 3 reasons I didn’t like Delirium.
- Lena. Let’s just say I didn’t like the main character. Lena is too nervous about everything, she’s too emotional, and she’s spineless. Sure, I get it. With her mother’s death, everyone expects her to end up just like her, thus make her extra-careful. But one minute she’s like “no, love is forbidden blah blah blah” the next moment she’s kissing and make out with Alex. I thought she would be extra careful, distrust Alex, and generally have more walls. But no. For a girl who’s afraid of love, she fell really fast for Alex.
- The World Building. I admit, Lauren Oliver does a really good job in the world building. It’s too damn good that I actually won’t live it in. I thought it was supposed to be a world without love. But it was also a world without laugh, hugs, music and books! Which means it’s boring. Which is why I don’t like it. It’s just boring and dull and just…. gray. Just imagine it guys, a world without laugh, hugs, books, music, and love.
I think, in terms of the ideology, I could see where the idea came from. A world without love supposed to be a world that is “safe” and “under control”. But it doesn’t make it a better place. The people there are emotionless, because apperently love affects desire and happines and emotions. And with love gone, so do the other things. The people are just content with their life, but they aren’t heavy. They’re pretty much detached.
- Side characters. Since the world is so boring, so is the people in it. They’re basically emotionless, they don’t laugh, they don’t dance. Some of them even kill their children because they don’t love them *shudders* So yeah they’re basically emotionless robots.
- The plot twist is predictable?? I don’t know, even though this is a re-read, I remember guessed it on my first read. In a book where the world and the characters are dull, I expect something, anything to surprise me. But nothing!
So yeah, those are the things that turned me off. I think it’s more like “it’s not you it’s me” case. I mean, if you love solid world building, even if it’s a dull and boring world, you’d enjoy this book. But I just can’t. I can’t get invested enough with the world and characters, because, well they’re boring! And Lena. I don’t mind her being weak and whiny and emotional, because I believe there’s this thing called character development. And yes, she got better by the end of the book. But she fell to fast for Alex and she just change her mind about the whole system.
What’s your opinion on this book? Did you like it? If you don’t, what’s your problem with this book?