Series: Delirium #1
Published by Hodder on August 11, 2011
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Lena Haloway is content in her safe, government-managed society. She feels (mostly) relaxed about the future in which her husband and career will be decided, and looks forward to turning 18, when she’ll be cured of deliria, a.k.a. love. She tries not to think about her mother’s suicide (her last words to Lena were a forbidden “I love you”) or the supposed “Invalid” community made up of the uncured just beyond her Portland, Maine, border. There’s no real point—she believes her government knows how to best protect its people, and should do so at any cost. But 95 days before her cure, Lena meets Alex, a confident and mysterious young man who makes her heart flutter and her skin turn red-hot. As their romance blossoms, Lena begins to doubt the intentions of those in power, and fears that her world will turn gray should she submit to the procedure.
I don’t know why I waited so long to read this book, honestly, I bought it a few years ago after a salesman—who knew his job, and to whom I am very grateful—suggested it to me. I took my time, sure, but I was still rewarded with a strong, captivating and unique story!
Can you possibly imagine living in a world without love? It wouldn’t be living at all, would be? Choosing not to feel and being impassible to everything just so you won’t get hurt or driven crazy by any act of love surely can’t be a better option than taking the risk. We’re not talking simply about lovers, but a love of a mother, a relative, a friend, someone you can have any kind of relationship with. Yes, we get heartbroken and sad a lot in our lives, but we also have moments of happiness that are worth one thousand times over. Reading about Lena and her questioning everything she has been told and taught about was touching, and her encounter with Alex and their relationship development was beautiful but boy, if emotional . . .
Lauren Oliver writes about a delicate subject in this book and she does it with great writing skills and a passion that draws the reader into the story from beginning to end. You will be left agape and with the urge to go grab the second instalment.