Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #1
Publication Date: February 1, 2011
Source: ARC from The Compulsive Reader
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 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.
Delirium doesn’t just tear at your heartstrings, it claws right through them.
I am completely dumbfounded. I have just been through a gamut of emotions, from joyous to depressed to anxious to hopeful to scared to relieved and back again.
The emotion was so raw and intense that it made me want to read faster and faster until the words became a blur. There were times when I had to stop and reread passages because I found myself flying through the book too fast. This book simply makes you feel in the simplest, most basic way we know how.
Can you imagine a world without love? A world that believes love is a disease and must be cured? A world that controls your every thought and action, from when you can leave the house to what college you go to to who you marry to how many children you can have. Here is an even scarier thought – how far away are we from this in today’s society? We may think it’s totally far-fetched and crazy, but who knows what could happen?
Delirium is just too good for words. It is so hard to give this book the justice it deserves. I can’t even tell you how happy I am that this is only the first book in a much-anticipated trilogy. I also have Before I Fall on my bookshelf and you best believe I will be reading it ASAP. And any other word that Lauren Oliver writes. Ever.