Delirium by Lauren Oliver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Oh this book! Lauren Oliver wrote a dystopian novel that breathed a breath of fresh air into the genre! I was getting so frustrated with teen novels and all of their melodrama! This book had the romance, intrigue, adventure, and suspense without all of the Twlighty drama.
Lena Halloway is about to turn 18. She is counting down the days. Because once she turns 18, she will have the cure and life will be perfect. She’ll be matched, go to college, marry her match and live a very peaceful life. That is all she ever wanted.
A few weeks before her scheduled cure date, her best friend starts asking questions and acting different. Lena at first wants nothing to do with the questions and the rebelling. But then she has a taste of what else is out there and she starts to question what the government said. She watches a raid party coming sailing through her neighborhood and watches the raiders terrorize people and animals alike. If these raids are in their best interest, why all the violence? Why all the hatred. After all, if they are to be cured of the disease, of love, how can the opposite of love still exist? And is love, the deliria, really all that terrible?
This book just kept me wanting more. I am in awe of the author. The research and time she put into this series is amazing. At the beginning of each chapter, there is some sort of quote that is from one of Lena’s history books or life manuals. Lauren Oliver not only wrote the book but then she wrote the history of that society. Amazing. Honestly, just amazing.
Watching Lena experience and taste love and loss was amazing. She grew from a girl who never broke the rules and longed for a peaceful existence into an amazing woman who was ready to die for her beliefs. It was an incredible transformation.
Can’t wait for the next book!
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