Monday, 5 March 2012

Book Haul

So I bought some books and I made a video about them:
Part 1
Part 2
Currently making my way through Fever by Lauren DeStefano and I'll share my thoughts when I'm finished.
Love and Bugs

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Thoughts On Delirium By Lauren Oliver

I would like to start by saying this is not a review and I am not a reviewer. I just like to read and talk a bout the books I've read. "Delirium" by Lauren Oliver was the first book I've able to focus on since reading The Hunger Games. This is what I thought of it.

They say that the cure for love will make me happy and safe forever. And I've always believed them. Until now. Now everything has changed. Now, I'd rather be infected with love fir the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years suffocated by a lie.
there was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it. Then, at last, they found a cure.
"Delirium" is set in a dystopian present in which the world has been decimated by the disease Amor Deliria Nervosa ( aka love). But fear not, a cure has been found. Oh yeah, and it's mandatory!
Before their 18th birthday teenagers are evaluated in preparation to be matched up with their future partners. Their entire future rest on the result of the evaluation a high score ensure a great future and the lower the score, the poorer your future will be. Even your favourite colour can affect the results. But if you behave yourself and say the right things, you should live happily ever after. Or if you try a make a run for the wilds you may die or be carted off to the crypts forever.  
The story follows 17yr old Lena who is from a family previous tainted by the Deliria. She is excited for the procedure, even counting down the days. But her evaluation doesn't quite go to plan. And I can't really say more than that without spoiling it.

I loved this book. I'll just come right out and say it. I'm a big fan of dystopian fiction, and I especially like what the YA world has to offer the genre. The world of "Delirium" reminds me a lot of George Orwell's "1984" with its intense censorship and adopts the 'double think' aspect. The regulators and raids are also very reminiscent of 'Big Brother'. 
Another series that sprung to mind was the "Uglies" quartet by Scott Westerfield, they both have worlds that believe aren't 'perfect' and you can't be 'happy' until you are 'fixed'.( This a theme I've seen used many times but it never gets old. )
Oliver's writing style is beautiful, insightful and distracting enough to make you lose yourself in the pages. The first person perspective helps to stop the plot becoming predictable, but being inside the mind of a love sick teenager girl might have something to do with it too. With such a climatic ending, I'm almost desperate to read "Pandemonium".

Have you read Delirium? Did expect such a heart stopping end?

Love and Bugs

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