Sunday, May 15, 2011

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Love is a disease. That's why the government has cured it. Society is more orderly, more secure. No one falls in love anymore - and if they do, everything is fixed on their eighteenth birthday, when they take the cure. Everyone takes the cure; that way everyone is safe. Lena has been looking forward to her 18th birthday. She's been looking forward to getting the cure, growing up, and moving on with her life. But then, just three months - 95 days - before her birthday, something terrible happens: Lena falls in love, and everything changes.

I was hooked as soon as I heard the premise of the novel: love has been cured. On the surface there's the happy, perfect, highly functioning society that's found in so many dystopian novels, but Lena (and the reader) soon finds out the cost of this safety and order. Fans of Oliver's first novel Before I Fall will find lots to enjoy in this book. Before I Fall dealt with matters of life and death, and Delirium's subject matter (love and choice) are no less affecting.

Find it at IndieBound.

I read an advanced copy from NetGalley.

Read it with:
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Matched by Ally Condie

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