I was intrigued from the very first page of Deliruim. The idea of love being considered a disease (amor deliria nervosa) is just fascinating—especially when you examine the symptoms of love because they are actually pretty similar to certain diseases (distraction, racing heart, preoccupation). What a brilliant concept to write about!
Even though I loved the concept, Delirium did not truly captivate me until the second half of the novel. Delirium is primarily a character driven novel, which is synonymous with slow in the beginning. While I do love character driven novels, I always find myself trudging through them in the beginning. You need to be attached to the characters in order to enjoy this type of novel, and that attachment typically takes several chapters to develop.
The plot really starts to pick up in the second half of the story. Had I not loved Alex and Lena, I would not have enjoyed it nearly as much. However, since I absolutely love them, the novel was so intense! I was on edge every single moment. I needed to know what would happen—I could not tear myself away from the story. The world building was great, but the character development is where Lauren Oliver really shines.
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