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 Haloway 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.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver is an exquisite and magnificently written novel in which love is a disease. This dystopian novel tells a story of a different kind of love.
I was gifted this book back in April and did not start nor finish until September. I do not know why it took me so long to pick up this novel, but I kind of regret not diving into this when I first received it! I found myself staying up late just to find out what happens next!
I love the idea that “love” is a disease and how you cannot “love” someone that the government has not assigned to you. Once you have been “cured” at a certain age, you will be able to “love” the partner you have been assigned to and live happily ever after. However, that is now how it worked out for Lena.
Lena always knew she would be “cured” and was looking forward to it until she meets a guy. She fell in love with him, which was forbidden. She was assigned to “love” another guy and when she was “cured,” they will love each other, however, that did not happen. Not only does Lena fall in love with the guy she meets, she also sees him secretly.
I love Lena’s character because you can see that she once believed in what the “cure” was. She used to follow the rules. She changed when she fell love for herself. She was not forced to love this guy, she just…fell in love with him and he with her. I like how she is not afraid to break the law. I find her a fierce and fearless person.
I also like how Lena discovers who her mother is and what she did for love; like mother, like daughter.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver is a fantastic and quick read! You would not want to put this book down and it will keep you up late at night! Can’t wait for its sequel, Pandemonium!
Source: Gifted from A Cover Lover.