Brief Summary: Lena is counting down the days until her procedure. She is so close to being 18 and out of danger from contracting amor deliria nervosa, formerly known as love. Her family has been so affected by the disease that she must stay within the rules of both social convention and the government to get a good placement after the procedure is completed. She is ready to be matched to her future husband and hopefully be put in a local college for school until her friend, Hana, ducks under a No Trespassing sign that takes them to Alex. Alex, who is mysterious, cute and knows things that turn Lena’s view of the world upside-down.
Kell’s Chatty Review: Delirium is the first book in a dystopian trilogy by Lauren Oliver and I loved it. I had to stop bringing it to work with me so I wouldn’t be tempted to read under my desk.
There are so many subjects: that can be addressed in dystopian novels and in Delirium, Oliver has opted to pursue what would happen if love had been declared a disease. The United States had closed it borders and started taking chunks of its citizens brains out to get rid of this terrible disease.
As I mentioned before: Delirium‘s storyline will keep the pages turning, both because the world-building is absolutely intriguing, and the plot itself is constantly moving. The characters are compelling and it’s positively heartbreaking to read about those that have been “cured” and are unable to put their feelings into words. Their inability to feel makes Lena’s reactions to the revelations throughout the story seem even more heightened and intense. And the ending! Oh, the ending.
Thankfully: there are two more books on tap from Oliver about Lena and Co., so that gutting ending doesn’t sting quite as much. (the knowledge there are more books gives me hope! Even if it seems completely hopeless!)
Where this book came from: e-book ARC from the publisher via netGalley.