The "I'm fascinated by your creepy world" award goes to Delirium by Lauren Oliver

deliriumGoodreads Synopsis:

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.

Review/Rant:

I have read quite a few dystopian novels in the past couple of years and have begun to get kind of burnt out on this genre. That is until I read Delirium  by Lauren Oliver. She brings the creepy and terrifying ideas of a dystopia to a new level. What if after your 18th birthday you had to under-go a procedure that would make sure that you never felt love? This procedure is said to be a cure for deliria caused by love, but which is really a way to control the masses. Without love there would be no hate, no violence and the human population of the enclosed cities would be docile and controlled. Scary, right?

Wait, there’s more. There is also a control on what the people of these cities see, read, and hear. They can only listen to approved music and read approved texts. Poetry and most music are not approved and are made illegal. Why? Because they make people actually feel something, even if it’s not love.

You see, this procedure, basically a lobotomy, makes people into unfeeling zombies. Those who have it do not remember, nor do they miss their friends they had before the procedure. You don’t have romantic feelings towards your “match” or even feel love for your children. Scary shit right there. So you can see how it would be easy for me to become fascinated by the world in which Lauren Oliver has created in her novel.

That brings us to our main character, Lena. She has always had it rough. Her mother killed herself after the cure didn’t work on her after she’d had it multiple times. Whispers of suicide follow her wherever she goes and she gets suspicious glances from those around her— will she be just like her mother?

In the beginning of the novel, I really didn’t like Lena much. She was a “prude” and did what she was expected to do. Her friend Hana was more up to my speed. Hana was the complete opposite of Lena, free-spirited and a bit on the wild side. Needless to say I was very surprised by both of these characters over the course of the novel. When Lena meets Alex, a cured, she starts to feel the symptoms of deliria and has to try to hide it from everyone else around her, or she will risk having to have the procedure early and exposing Alex for who he truly is. When Lena starts allowing herself to actually have feelings is when I warmed up to and began to like her.

That being said, I loved Alex from the get-go, even though I had questions about him. Alex is sweet, caring, and has many secrets of his own.

I need to stop, lest I give away important bits that happen later in the novel. Just know that Delirium is pretty darn fascinating. The propaganda in the beginning of each chapter is terrifying and gives the reader glimpses into a creepy dystopian state and I hope that our world never goes down that path.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Delirium and am itching to know what happens next.

What I'm Reading & Writing Wednesday

whatimreadingandwritingwednesdayHey friends! Last week I read Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (and loved it) and Paper Towns by John Green. Click on the titles to be brought to my reviews and book discussions!

So what am I reading this week?

delirium

Delirium by Lauren Oliver. This was the first book I plucked out of my TBR jar. I have had this book on my Nook for a while, so I figured I should probably see what it is all about (especially since I also have the other two book on there just waiting for me). So far, so good though. It’s an interesting idea for a dystopian society and I am interested to see what Oliver does with it.

maradyer

If I finish Delirium within the next few days, I really want to read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

Writing-wise…

I decided that I am going to do Camp NaNoWriMo in April, so instead of writing more of the second draft of my novel, I will be going back and re-re-reading the whole darn thing, taking even more notes, and organizing myself on Scrivener. I will continue writing my second draft during Camp NaNo, but I want to make the best use of my time (and I know how hard it can be) so doing some spring cleaning on my novel before April and looking at it with a new perspective and fresh eyes will help me have an even better 2nd draft.

I am also drafting up some posts for the A-Z challenge (which is also in April). Two writing challenges in April ?!?! My mind might explode with words, but I’m quite excited for both.

What are you reading this week?