>Delirium by Lauren Oliver

14 Mar


Summary:  Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy. 

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

I was going to post a review of this book, but now I’m thinking I might wait. I had heard great things about this book. It’s a young adult dystopian novel with an interesting concept – the kind of book that I generally enjoy.  But, I had a hard time getting into this book.  I think part of the problem is that the book was due back at the library last week (I turned in late – my apologies to the next person on the list) and I felt rushed in reading it.  So I don’t really feel as though I can give it an honest review. The book is haunting me.  It’s telling me “you didn’t give this book your full attention, yet you are already wondering when the next book is going to be out – you’re hooked on the story – you know you are!”  (Yes, books speak to me, don’t they speak to you?)

Because I have given up checking out books for pleasure during Lent (it’s a self defense move – an effort to get through all the books I already have checked out from the library – and give others a shot at those I just can’t get to right now) I rushed the reading of this book because I knew I couldn’t put it back on hold until after Lent. But that’s just what I’m going to do –  get back on the list – maybe it will be my first summer break read – when I can take a deep breath and give it my full attention.

Have you ever rushed/skimmed through a book and later regret that you didn’t give it your full attention? Did you go back later and re-read it?
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