Thursday, July 19, 2012


Delirium by Lauren Oliver
middle school & up

Love is illegal. Soon after your 18th birthday each citizen is inoculated against the sickness of love called amor deliria nervosa. Lena is eagerly looking forward to her cure but nervous about the evaluation first. At her evaluation, a group of "resisters" break into the labs and release a herd of cattle. During the chaos she spots a guard just standing around laughing. So she's extremely confused when she spots the guy again at an illegal party. As they slowly get to know one another, she finds out his secret: he has never been cured.

I've been wanting to read this for awhile. I like the title and the cover is pretty. (Yes, I do judge books by their covers.) This story is a perfect example of the dystopian genre: 1- government outlaws something. 2- main character is fine with the government restrictions. 3- until he/she meets someone who defies the government. 4- MC comes to realize the government in wrong. 5- both try to find a way to be together outside of government control.
I liked all the main characters; my favorite was Gracie even though she barely said a word and was mostly uninvolved in all the action. At the beginning of each chapter is a snippet from one of the government's informative books on the dangers of love. I like that because it gives insight into the culture that all the characters are a part of.

VERDICT: recommendedPin It


  1. Read your review of Touched and put it in my shopping cart, thanks! And thanks also for hosting the Poetry Friday round-up. I have a poem inspired by a painting:

  2. I'll soon be hiking, then going to the final meeting of our writing retreat, then driving home, so if I don't link in now for the PF roundup, it won't be until later this afternoon. Thanks for hosting!

    I have an extended haiku today, inspired by VIolet Nesdoly's last month.

  3. Good morning. Touched looks interesting -- it seems there is a popular sub-genre in YA fantasy, dystopian romance!

    My Poetry Friday post has an Olympic theme. I'm just back from London. We didn't get to see the games, but I'm sharing some of Maxine Kumin's swimming poems anyway.

  4. Thanks for hosting! I'm in this week with a poem called "The Dragon," by Madeleine L'Engle, about a dragon applying for a domestic service job:>) That's at

    I also have 15 Words or Less poems up at Everyone is welcome to come read and/or add their own poem.


  5. The first day of the Olympics--what a great day to host! At Random Noodling I have an Olympics poem, "Ode for the London Olympics 2012," and an awesome photo from the Olympics 100 years ago.

    Kurious Kitty shares "Lines" by Martha Collins, and, Kurious K's Kwotes' P.F. quote is by Goethe.

  6. Thanks for hosting!

    My poem has an Olympic angle... It's an occasional poem, written in honor of a friend's 60th birthday. (The Olympic angle is that he's newly into doing triathlons. Triathlon is an Olympic sport, isn't it?)
    To Mel at 60 is here:

  7. Thanks for hosting.

    I've got a couple of poems about teeth and some thoughts on the ups and downs of parenthood over at Write. Sketch. Repeat today.

  8. Thanks for hosting! Our "Summertime" poem from Cricket is posted at The FATHER GOOSE Blog

  9. Thanks for hosting - Today I'm thrilled to share Lee Bennett Hopkins's first interview about his new book, MARY'S SONG.

  10. Ahoy, matey! A pirate poem for Poetry Friday from me upcoming Shiver Me Timbers (Beach Lane). Thanks for hosting, Douglas

  11. Greetings everyone!

    The Write Sisters have a love story for you. Some flowers, too. You can find them here:

  12. Thanks for hosting Poetry Friday. Hope this is the "write" place to post today! I wrote a poem from my mother's birthday that was yesterday, so I'm linking to it today! It's atMainely Write.

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