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Delirium - Lauren Oliver

Posted by on April 24, 2011

Synopsis: Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

Review: I really just was wanting to read the first paragraph to sus it out.. I was reading another book at the time. And this book literally had me sucked in from that first paragraph onwards. I wanted to know what was going to happen, and with each page turn more and more would happen to make me hungry for answers. It was really that good.

We meet Lena who is the main character. A young girl just shy of 18 who lives in this controlled futuristic society of Portland. Love has been declared a disease, and a cure has been created. In this society, everyone is “cured” when they turn 18 - they aren’t susceptible to love.

Lena when we meet her is a believer in her society and what it stands for and its rules. She wants so much to be cured, so her heart is never in jeopardy of being hurt and she is looking forward to being matched to her future husband also. Hana, Lena’s best friend is more skeptical and more rebellious and questions things and wants more.

Enter Alex, a handsome boy that Lena spots at her evaluations and keeps bumping into. Alex isn’t who he appears to be. Lena finds herself falling more and more for him… and tries to fight an inner battle between what the rules are, what she’s been bought up to believe and what she finds herself wanting deep down. She’s scared of this delirium, of getting the “sickness” but the more time she spends with Alex, the less she finds herself caring.

The end left me on a cliffhanger… my jaw left open. I am not even going to go there, readers of my reviews know I am big on no spoilers, but PLEASE read this book if you have not. And then email me your thoughts! ;) lol

This is the first Lauren Oliver book I have read, and I adored her writing style, it was so fluid and left me wanting more. I am so very much looking forward to the sequel in this series, Pandemonium which is scheduled for release February 2012 sometime and the third book in the series Requiem. This is set to be an absolutely amazing series.

Rating:5 out of 5

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