Review of Delirium by Lauren Oliver (audiobook version)

I recently finished listening to the audiobook recording of Delirium by Lauren Oliver read by Sarah Drew.

Description from Goodreads:

TDelirium by Lauren Oliverhey 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 for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.

Delirium is set in a future where amor deliria nervosa (also known as Love) is a serious disease that must be cured. All residents of the United States of America live in walled cities where they are safe from the wilds and from invalids, the un-cured people who live there. At the age of 18, people receive the cure which is a surgical brain operation that cures them of Love (and most other sympathetic emotions). Lana is just a few months shy of her 18th birthday and looking forward to being cured and becoming a normal functioning adult in society. After she has her first personal experience with active rebellion against society, she begins to have doubts about the procedure and about the “happiness” that supposedly follows.

Lana is a well written 17-year-old girl who has always lived by the letter of the law. Tragedy in her childhood made her crave the cure and the peace and tranquility that society promises after the procedure. As events unfold and fundamental truths about her life and her faith in society are shaken, her very human emotional responses are easy to empathize with: best friends fighting and the agony before making up again, the first time you break a rule on purpose and the fear of being caught, suddenly realizing that something you believed was true is not.

There was one plot twist towards the end that I felt was a little too forced, it is obviously the stimulus that will drive the sequel, but on the whole I found Delirium to be an excellent book. The reader, Sarah Drew, gives an emotionally stirring performance.


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