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DELIRIUM by LAUREN OLIVER
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Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love – the deliria – blooms in yourblood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments 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.
I read and absolutely loved BEFORE I FALL so I went into DELIRIUM with high expectations. Thankfully it delivered! The writing in this book is gorgeous. Sometimes I just wanted to sit there and stare at the lush sentences. Each one evoked such rich emotion for the characters and the world.
But it wasn’t just pretty sentences that made me fall for this book. The characters are people I truly cared about and rooted for and generally just wanted to keep hanging around. I especially loved the protagonist, Lena’s, relationship with her best friend Hanna. I loved the strength of their friendship, how even when the story took them in different paths, they still tried to maintain their connection. Hanna was a great character with a voice that came alive on the page.
Oh and there was the romance! I’m a big fan of forbidden romances and what’s more forbidden than a society that tries to eradicate love! I loved the way Alex opened up Lena’s eyes, how she starts the book trusting the society and barely unable to wait until she can get the procedure that "cures" her to realizing why people in the world need to be able to love. Love snuck up on her throughout the book so it was too late when she finally realized she’d been infected.
Infected. What a clever way to describe the feeling of falling head over the heals for someone! My favorite part of the book was the way it pointed out the "symptoms" of being in love and how they are negative: it leads to recklessness, heart palpitations, etc.