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Delirium (Delirium Series #1)

Delirium - Lauren Oliver My Rating: 3.5 I've never tried one of Lauren Oliver's books before, but having heard that her writing was beautiful and you just have to read one of her books, I decided to give Delirium a try. It also helps that Delirium has a breathtaking gorgeous cover. Lauren Oliver's writing is indeed beautiful, but I had several problems with it. She goes through so many descriptive details in Delirium that the book becomes tedious to read. Lauren Oliver took three full pages to describe a single bike ride - a single bike ride. I think that's a little too much. Sometimes I just wanted to rapidly flip some pages just to get past the little details. I was also expecting to feel for the characters in Delirium, but that just didn't happen. I never gasped in terror, my heart never squeezed in pain, I never chose sides, I didn't hold my breath in anticipation; I basically felt nothing. However, after the powerful ending, I just felt a sense of peace and closure. I loved how Lauren Oliver began her chapters with quotes from The Book of Shh, nursery rhymes, poems, quotations, etc., to give readers a sense of connection to the world of Delirium. It is very clever and managed to maintain my interest in reading Delirium. Despite what other reviewers say, I didn't think the beginning of Delirium was slow at all. It was steady, introduces readers to the world and society, and manages to capture and maintain my attention. I only had problems with the middle part of the book for things were going far too slow for me then.And Alex. Alex, Alex, Alex. I wanted to like him. I really did. He's willing to risk himself for Lena, doesn't judge by looks, and is protective. I especially loved him when Lena first met him. (Laughing at the Evaluators for being scared of cows then winking at Lena whens he spots him? Love.) However, after that, Alex started falling flat for me. I felt that we didn't really get to know Alex, he's just a guy that hates the society and adores Lena. Even so, I still care for Alex. I'll definitely read the next book in the trilogy, Pandemonium. I want to see if Lena manages to find her way, if Alex somehow manages to stay alive (who am I kidding, I looked at Pandemonium's ending and saw that he was still alive), and if their society can somehow be brought down. ohdamnbooks: delirium