The final book club book of the year was Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Set in a world where love is considered a disease that the population can be cured of when they come of age, Lena is counting down the days to her operation. But when Lena meets Alex things take a turn.Overall most of the group seemed to enjoy the novel, pronouncing it interesting but at times a little superficial. Certain aspects of the books didn’t seem to quite add up, particularly the timeline with Lena’s mother and the concept of passion amongst the regulators finding pleasure in their job. But with reminders of 1984 and cold war communism this book seemed to tread the balance of science-fiction dystopia and a love story well. The group felt the depiction of being a teenager, even trapped in a dystopia, was accurate and the theme of growing up was well played. Certain questions like why the regime exists and how big the compound they all live in were left unanswered, but being the first in a series of books it was thought they might be answered in later novels. Overall an absorbing read.
There will be a meeting on Thursday 26th January to discuss Oliver James’s non-fiction title Affluenza. It’s available in all good book shops and Birmingham libraries have a few copies, so why not make it your New Year’s Resolution to get reading more and join us? Those that don’t finish (or start) the book are more than welcome too and we meeting in the Church St branch at 6pm on the last Thursday of the month.