Delirium

Author: Lauren Oliver

Main Characters: Lena Holoway, Alex, Hana

Fave Quote: “You can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes”~ Hana

Synopsis

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.

Review

Delirium was recommended to me by a friend. I looked into it and found that it has good ratings and good reviews. So I decided to give it a shot—and it was definitely one of the best choices I made.

Delirium is another dystopian novel which has a very interesting plot. In the story, Love is considered a disease. (Yes, like cancer or the flu) When you’re of age, you will be cured, meaning you will no longer feel love, and you will go through your life like robots: empty but functioning. Lena, the main protagonist cannot wait for the day when she will be cured. She saw what Amor Deliria Nervosa (Love disease) did to her mom, who is now dead. She doesn’t want to be like her, so she counted the days and waited patiently to be cured. But everything changes when she meets Alex. She learns the truth, and now all she wants is to be infected with this disease and to be free from the lies she has believed in all her existence.

Lauren Oliver is a genius. Why? Because she realized something that has been right under our noses this whole time: Love is the deadliest of all deadly things. I’m glad that she wrote it into a book, reimaging a world where Love is a disease which all of us are deprived of. I love how she explains Love to be the sole reason why people don’t progress; it makes us reckless, it clouds are mind thus refraining us from making right and good choices. You know, those kinds of things. But being loved or in love is the best feeling in the world. It gives us a sense of purpose, and gives meaning to our life. Although it’s only a fiction novel, I kind of think it to be factual, in a way.

“Love will kill you and save you, both.”

Oh btw, the ending…. WHOA.

Rating: 5!

Delirium is deliciously pleasing. Beautifully written and plotted. I am definitely infected with Amor Deliria Nervosa, and I don’t plan on getting cured. 😉

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