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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Delirium, by Lauren Oliver

They say that the cure for love will make me happy and safe forever. And I’ve always believed them.

Until now.
 Now everything has changed. Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.
(from the book jacket)

(From the front cover flap:)
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.

Imagine a world where the simple (and oh, so complex) emotion of love is outlawed. And not just outlawed, but eliminated. It's dystopian, to say the least.

The world, right down to the Bible, has been rewritten. "Uncured" boys and girls cannot mingle. The "cured" are told what life will bring, or at least the highpoints. Those who cannot conform are dead or imprisoned, or delivered to mental institutions.

Lena's marked--her mother couldn't conform. The time for her to be cured is fast-approaching, and though she's always been certain that the prescribed way is the way (if only to avoid being like her mother), suddenly she's not so sure.

Lauren Oliver has delivered a page-turner. Literally. It took me all of 4 hours to read this book because I couldn't put it down. I love Lena, her insecurity even when she is certain of the direction she should go. Her innocence and her passion when she realizes how things should really be, at least for her. This story has no slow moments, no time you wish things would pick up a bit. It's a coming of age-love and adventure story. The best part is that it's the first in a trilogy. The worst part is that I have to wait until next February to read the next installment. :(

Oliver, Lauren. Delirium. Harper Collins, February 2011.

Disclosure of Material Connection: This book is part of the library collection for the school library I work in. I was not solicited to write a review, nor am I receiving any compensation. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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