Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium
By: Lauren Oliver
Source: Bought E-book
Released: February 1, 2011
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn't understand that once love--the deliria--blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Haloway has always looked forward to the day when she'll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy. But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: she falls in love." (Summary from laurenoliverbooks.com)

Lauren Oliver's Delirium is a captivating story set in a dystopian society where love is treated as a disease that needs a cure. At the age of eighteen, each citizen receives a cure and a match who they will marry and live a happy and safe life with. On the surface this society seems perfect and happy, but in reality they are taking away a persons emotions. Lena is anxiously awaiting the day of her cure because she wants a life without pain, especially after what happened to her parents. She is desperate to hold on to the memory of her mother, but she also wants to escape the pain she has been left with for years and finally feel normal. Lena's best friend, Hanna, speaks her mind occasionally which always makes Lena nervous. Lena follows all of the rules that society has set for her and is content in her protected and predictable life until she meets Alex. She soon finds herself breaking all the rules and falling in love. Together, Lena and Alex uncover many of the secrets to the not so perfect society.

Delirium is a terrifyingly creative story that will leave you thinking about it for days after you finish reading. Oliver creates a beautiful love story with realistic characters that you grow an attachment too. Lena changes slowly over the course of the book, but from the beginning it is clear she has it in her to become rebellious. The steady paced plot will break your heart one moment and infuriate you the next. Seeing the difference between characters, such as Lena and Hanna, compared to those who have already been cured is chilling and you see just how much of their life is taken from them. I strongly recommend that you read Delirium, you will not be disappointed and you may just find it changing your whole outlook on love.

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1 comment:

  1. This book is so good! The concept is so original and Laren Oliver presents in such an intriguing way that right as it finishes you want to buy the next one! Without giving too much awa, it is basically about a girl living in a future United States in which love is a disease and anyone over the age of 18 needs to be "cured" of it. It is her journey living in this world learning what a life without love would be like.

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