Monday, May 12, 2014

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Genre: Dystopian
11614718Paperback: 441 Pages
Published: February 7, 2012
Series: Delirium
            1. Delirium
            2. Pandemonium
            3. Requiem

Goodreads Synopsis:

Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.

My Review:

This is one of those books where your eyes second guess what they are reading. Because how can anyone write such a wonderful story. It is filled with heart warming advice, love and friendship.

The story revolves around a girl named Lena who lives in a society where love is considered a disease--amor deliria nervosa. Ummm Say What!? I don't think I can ever imagine a life without love. Love is in so many things. It keeps people together and gives a reason for people to live. I will admit this story is very unsettling and tragic. I am completely awed at Oliver's creation of the plot, the characters, and most of all the politics that surround this society. This society will lay the smackdown on anyone who is in love. When teens reach a certain age the society brings them together and injects them with a serum that causes them to lose the emotion of love. Then the teens are programmed into the computer to pick the perfect match for them to marry.

Lena is next in line for this serum and she is scared out of her mind. She doesn't understand the politics behind this situation and she is stuck in the middle. Before her day arrives for the serum injection, she meets Alex. Ohh Man! Alexxxxxx! He is posing as a security guard in order to smuggle things out of the grounds and over the fence. He is an outsider and when Lena discovers this she is scared and intrigued. As there interactions continue they start to fall for each other. Lena discovers this disease called "love" isn't bad after all. She doesn't understand why she has to get rid of these feelings. But when the society finds out that there are outsiders posing as insiders all hell breaks lose. Lena and Alex must find a way to get over the fence before they both are hunted and trapped.

 Overall, a very fascinating topic to read. Oliver created a wonderful world with an intense topic. I mean they are literally going to remove LOVE from her brain. It is just so scary and disturbing that something like this can ever happen. The characters were fun to connect with and I enjoyed reading how their story unfolded.

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