Delirium (Delirium #1)

Delirium (Delirium #1) - Lauren Oliver 3.5/5

My heart is pounding. My body is full of adrenaline. I feel like I’ve just finished a race. I’ve just finished Delirium.

Honestly, I have idea why it took me so long to begin the Delirium series. It has favourable reviews on Goodreads, and has been sat on my shelves for some time. However, now I have and I’m so glad!

As a whole, I enjoyed Lena as a main character, although it did take me a while to warm to her. She is fiercely loyal to those she loves and very strong, which shows more and more as the story progresses and expands. I really enjoyed how Lena grew as a character throughout the novel; from a scared, introverted girl, who fears the world she lives in to a ballsy, fiery and strong protagonist who will do anything to find the truth out about her world.

Lena’s love interest, Alex is... interesting, to say the least. He didn’t grow up in Lena’s world, so he’s practically the opposite of Lena when we first meet him in the pages of this book. Like Lena, he’s strong, but in a total different way. He exudes confidence which, in some parts, made Lena look weak. However, he is a nice love interest for Lena and a great help when it comes to changing how she sees the world she’s lived in her entire life.

The story didn’t really get going until about half way through for me, though the first half was still good enough to keep me reading up until that point. Then... BANG! From there, I was desperate to know what happened, as the pace of the story picks up and all the exciting things begin to happen! And, the ending... was heartbreaking, to say the least.

Overall Delirium was a good start to the trilogy, though it lacks pace and excitement thorugh the first half or so. If you can get past that, you’re in for a heart renching, and possibly, mindbloing second half.