Author: Lauren Oliver.
Published: February 1st 2011 (first published January 1st 2011)
Sort: Part one of ‘Delirium.’
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 government 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.
"Amor Deliria Nervosa: the deadliest of all deadly things.”
Lena is naive and obsessed with the cure. She believes that it will make her life better. Every feeling she has, will be taken away and she can start over. She annoyed me. I can understand that she grew up in this society, but what about Hana? That’s her best friend and she is questioning the government. I really liked Hana and because of her, we met my favorite character: Alex. He is so sweet and charming. When the feelings between him and Lena grew, I melted away. They are cute together! Thanks to him, Lena undergoes a wonderful transformation and I started to like her.
“But it does not tell you this: that love will turn the whole world into something greater than itself.”
Every chapter starts with a part of a book they have to read. It gives you an idea of the crazy things they want you to believe. It really helps to the world-building. The ending was breath taking and makes me want to start in the next one right away.
The writing style was good. The development of Lena was great, so overall, it was a pleasant read. I just expected too much after the hype, but I can understand why everybody likes it so much. The whole concept is fascinating and scary at the same time.