What if love were a disease?
Um, obviously a must-read.
Delirium, by Lauren Oliver, did not disappoint. Oliver poses an incredibly thought-provoking question which hooks the reader from page 1. (First line: “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.”) The protagonist, Lena Haloway, is a girl who believes in the system and the cure which will rid her of amor deliria nervosa. However, she is also held captive by fear. She lives with her aunt because her mother commit suicide due to the disease. She counts the days until her procedure, but her mother is always in the back of her mind…the procedure didn’t work for her mother.
At first, I wasn’t sure I really liked Lena’s character. But as the book progressed my love for her grew. I began to identify with her, empathize with her. I was proud when she recognized her society for what it was and began to shed her original beliefs. Her love story is special because Lena did not even know what love was. The characters were definitely special, and very well-written.
Powerful, exquisite, and moving. 🙂 I can’t wait to read the two remaining books in the trilogy.
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