Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Books I Didn't Finish: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Why Didn't You Finish It?: This book has a killer concept -- in the future, love is a disease. At 18 everybody gets a "procedure" that will cure them of Amor Deliria Nervosa. Of course the procedure robs them of most other emotions and the ability to question the government.
Pretties, The Giver, The Cure, Bar Code Tattoo -- all of these books have covered similar ground. And done it in less than 441 pages!
Dissenting opinions? Sure.
The Compulsive Reader
Dreaming in Books
The Bottom Line: While Oliver writes beautifully, it just takes her too long to get where she's going for me. A skillful world building and a clever concept doesn't make up for pages and pages of a wishy-washy heroine being wishy-washy.