Delirium - Lauren Oliver
E-book from NetGalley
Published by HarperTeen, 2011
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 governments demand 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.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.
Lauren Oliver is an incredible writer and story teller. The whole story kept me interested and wanting more. The plot is incredible - I love that she uses love as the disease. It kind of makes you think -- are we all love sick? Does it make sense to eradicate love? Can we really exists without love!?
I loved the main character, Lena. I felt like I could really relate to her. She always follows the rules, and didn't expect there to be anything outside of her little bubble of life that was created by the government. She is eager to get through the procedure and get paired with her husband. She had goals and dreams to go to college and have a family and live by her best friend, Hana. All of this is changed when Lena goes to her evaluation and sees Alex. She completely flakes on her evaluation, but is saved by the mass chaos brought on by a "mix up".
I was completely caught off guard by the ending. It seemed like the story was wrapping up and I really liked the way that things were going...but then there was a twist. I still really liked the ending, it just was not what I was expecting at all.
I thought this book was a real fast paced page turner with a great story line. I am definitely going to be checking out future (and past) books by Lauren Oliver.
I would recommend this book to all YA lovers, and those that love a nice little love story.
4.5 out of 5 stars