Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

From goodreads:
They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever.

And I've always believed them.

Until now.

Now everything has changed.

Now, I'd rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.

I found Delirium to be a little similar to Matched. Both are set in a dystopian society and in both, the freedom to choose love has been taken away. This book takes it one step further in that all teens undergo a procedure to permanently prevent anyone from falling in love (sorry for all the alliteration--but that's a fun sentence to read out loud!). This story had an interesting concept--that love is a disease and therefore must be cured. But, fortunately, Lena finds love before her procedure, and with him discovers a whole new world she never knew existed. I liked the depth of the relationship between Lena and Alex, and how he helps her to grow and see the world around them in a whole new light.

This is definitely a book for older teens, but it was well-written, and I loved the fast pace. The world that Oliver created is believable and fun.

Rating: 4
Age: 15+
Content: some language and a bit of sensuality
Published: 2.2011

1 comment:

  1. I've been curious about this series even though dystopia isn't my favorite genre and seems to be the trendy thing. Your review is the first that makes me actually want to read it.
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