Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars
What I Didn't Like: This is simply a personal thing; I tend to not like books that are overly detailed. I thought this had way too many details and descriptions that weren't really needed -- like how the trees look at night or how the wind blows or something like that. It made some of the chapters dragging. This resulted to the book being a bit of a slow read for me.
I also sort of thought that it was a bit predictable; I already knew what was going to end up happening even by just reading the first few chapters or so.
What I Loved: Lauren Oliver is a great writer; I don't think anybody can argue with that whether or not they liked her books. She is a natural story teller; one that can develop her plot line and her characters quite effortlessly and flawlessly. She took a story line, such as this - that could have been way too cheesy or juvenile if handled by someone else - and was able to turn it into something fresh, original, and entertaining. I thought it was unpretentious and genuine, intriguing and interesting. I was into the story, despite the fact that it was a bit predictable. Of course it didn't hurt that I did like the main character, Lena, and absolutely loved her best friend, Hana, as well.
Overall: While there were a few negative things here and there - like the pace being slow for me and the premise too predictable - the positive things definitely made up for it. At the end of the day, if somebody asks me what I thought of Delirium, I'd say it was very good and that I really enjoyed reading it. It might not be for everybody, and is not necessarily a favorite of mine, but it sure was a good, entertaining, and sincere story. I really liked it, and recommend it for anyone who enjoys YA; both teens and mature YA readers.