Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: (Delirium #3)
Expected publication: March 5th 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Categories: Dystopia, Fantasy, Science Fiction

I received an eARC from HarperTeen via Edelweiss. Thank you.

Who knows? Maybe they’re right. Maybe we’re driven crazy by our feelings. Maybe love is a disease, and we would better off without it.” – Lena

For fans, especially after that huge cliffhanger in Pandemonium the anticipation level is at its peak. Alex’s comeback didn’t just shake Lena’s system but also the book’s fans as well. Now there’s a budding romance between her and Julian, how will his return affect Lena?

I’m not really that huge fan of the book but I’m really interested with Lena, particularly her love life. I know there’s more than the romance but this is a dystopian book that I expected more on that aspect. After all it is where the plot centers: that love is an illness.

I prayed every day for you to be alive, until that hope become painful.” – Lena

Alex returned to her life and she still has feelings for him. But they both changed. They weren’t the person they were before they were separated. Alex told her his horrible experience while he was away. Locked in prison and bleeding, he thought he was going to die. But he’s still alive and the thoughts of Lena kept him from dying. That he will return to her eventually. So he was devastated and heartbroken when he found about Julian. With things between her and Alex, she took refuge on Julian. Julian on the other hand is adjusting to the wilds. Everything is new to him. He wanted to learn about the stuff that going on around them. But it wasn’t easy especially there’s an obvious tension between him and Alex.

Maybe you’re just as curious as I was to find out who Lena will choose. I’m disclaiming now that I am not rooting for anyone for her. In fact I was more interested on how she’ll weigh her decisions and what factors she’ll consider in her choice. Is it enough that she has strong feelings for him? Or there’s more to it than love. Ah, deep question we even asked ourselves. Now for the part y’all have been waiting for, who is the lucky guy? Take deep breath and relax: I will NOT spoil you as I will not name the boy. It was a long process for them to get there. Initially, and how things were presented you will thought the other boy is the one she will end up with. I’m starting to warm up to the idea, needless to say and I’m perfectly fine whomever she choose. But in the end it was him, although hinted that Lena and him were falling apart and I thought there’s no way for them to put it back together. But as the saying goes “all’s well that ends well.”

I didn’t enjoy Hana’s side of the story. She was hardly impressive and I was too caught up with Lena and the gang. That is not saying that her story is not important. It has a very vital connection to Lena’s story…to the entire story. I just couldn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped for.

“And in the end that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.
We are even free to choose the wrong thing.” – Lena

I liked how Ms. Oliver wrapped it up—taking down the walls. Lena was right, the uncertainties if it was taken down. Don’t know what’s in the other side or what it will bring. It could be like she said a paradise waiting for them or more destruction. I liked how meaningful she concluded her story. She, like Tahereh Mafi has way with words. How beautiful she has written it.

I remember how I hesitated reading it. I wasn’t convinced with plot line of Delirium. Love is an illness? I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea. But the reading journey of this trilogy was worthwhile. I wasn’t truly captivated by Lena and the others but the story at some point entertained me.