Delirium by Lauren OliverFriday, September 28, 2012
Publication Date: February 1, 2011
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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 Holoway 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.Love is a disease. When one is old enough, you are cured and paired up with a match that will decide what field you will go into and who you will marry. That’s how it has always been for Lena and she can’t wait to get cured. But then she meets Alex. This gorgeous boy, who has thoughts of his own, doesn’t seem to be from around here. Alex shows her how to live before she gives up feeling. However, Lena gets caught up in her emotions and starts to question that that one thing she wants to get cured from, she may have already been infected.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.--Goodreads
Lauren Oliver is best known (well, before this novel) for her book, Before I Fall. I’ve never read it but it got such good reviews that I had to read this one. This book, Delirium, has such a fascinating idea behind it that it would have been weird for me not to want to read it. Love is a disease. That whole concept is so original and mind-blowing that I had to see what this book was about. Well, I did, I read the entire thing. Oliver had such a wonderful voice that it was hard not to love her writing. She speaks through the page, which really captures her characters’ dialogue.
“It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure.”-Delirium by Lauren Oliver, p. 1
Rated PG-13 for violent scenes, sexual references, and adventure sequences.