Monday, February 28, 2011

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Wow, this was a great book! I was on a reading tear over February break, and read one good book after another - and this was one of the best. Oliver is not only an excellent writer but also knows how to make the reader care about the characters and keep up the exciting pace of this novel.

Have you ever been in love? So in love, you can't think of anything else, are anxious, maybe depressed, and can't sleep?
Well, in the dystopian world Lena and Alex live in, love is considered to be a disease - amor deliria nervosa. When teenagers reach the age of 18 they must undergo an operation  where the feelings associated with love will be eradicated. They will then be paired with a "match" and will live "happily ever after."
However, before Lena undergoes the operation, she meets and falls in love with Alex, a boy who is dangerous and a rebel. Will the society permit them to be together? Or will they have to run away to the place where the "invalids" live?
The most horrifying thing about this society is that along with taking away the feelings of love, other feelings such as empathy and passion are also erased.

This is the first of a planned trilogy, and I know I will be waiting in line when the second book comes out!

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