Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Published by HarperCollins on February 7th 2012
Series: Delirium #1
Genres: Dystopia, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Length: 441 pages Source: Amazon
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In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn't about to make the same mistake.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the "Wilds" who lives under the government's radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?
This is a much different take on dystopia than that to which I am accustomed. It is about a person more than a government, and the point of view leaves you floating instead of fighting, crying instead of cursing. The main character, Lena, is just as confused and excited as any teen falling in love for the first time, but there are no googly eyes and despite the fact that love is the basis of the book, her love story doesn’t want to make you vomit.
Oliver does something that I find refreshing – she focuses on different kinds of love. We fall too quickly in the assumption of romantic love, but there is the love between friends and the love in families as well, and they are all equally important. All of it is considered a disease.
At the end of the book, the story is only just beginning. I don’t love Lena, although I liked her “one true love,” but the idea and possibilities are enough to keep me reading more.
Color me intrigued.