By Lauren Oliver.
In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn’t about to make the same mistake.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the “Wilds” who lives under the government’s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?
This concept is so simple, and yet so intriguing. I have read this book 2 months ago and I finally decided to do a review because I keep thinking back on it.
This book is the first in a trilogy, and it had been on my radar for a while, but I never felt much inclined to read it because it seemed to be very heavy on the romance. I ended up reading other books by this author first (Replica and Before I Fall), and while they didn’t blow me away, they did lead me to give this one a chance, and I’m glad I took the time to do so.
The one major problem I had with this book was the insta-love, which was as instantaneous as it gets. I didn’t really feel the connection between the characters, so I didn’t buy that it was enough for Lena to completely change her worldview.
The writing on this is so much more poetic than I was expecting. It flows beautifully, and I enjoyed the writing here more than in any of the other Lauren Oliver books I mentioned.
In the world of Delirium, it’s mandatory to get cured of love at 18, to the betterment of society. The concept of love as a disease worked really well for me. It was well thought out and explained. It felt like something that could be real. The notion that a world without love would be a world without much violence also rang true. Passion is the source of many extreme moments, both good and bad.
I enjoyed this book, although I’m not sure I will continue reading the series.
What really hooked me was the idea behind it, and the writing style certainly helped. It made me think about love as a motivation behind so many violent crimes, as something to be feared, something that kills. It also made me think about love as being awake, love as something greater than itself, love as life. And I love books that make me think.
3 hearts out of 5.