by Lauren Oliver


Another stop on my long list of dystopian novels, Delirium is one of the most enthralling books I’ve read in a while, mainly because its premise is so original. In the not-so-distant future, the United States has found a cure for the world’s most deadly disease: amor deliria nervosa or, as we know it, Love.  Education, government, and social structures have been redesigned around protecting the population from catching The Disease. Girls and boys who haven’t reached 18 (the legal age to receive the cure) are not allowed to talk, touch, or be alone together, especially after curfew--and God forbid anyone utter those deadly words: "I love you." 

Lena Haloway has waited eagerly for her 18th birthday, and for the cure that will guarantee that she is forever protected from the disease that killed her mother. Lena is impatiently counting down the days until she’ll be safe, but weeks before she is scheduled to receive the cure she meets a boy named Alex and suddenly she’s become a victim of the deadly illness. But can it really be called “illness” when it’s the best she's ever felt? Now Lena has to decide whether to stay under the thrall of a system that rules by fear and punishment, or leave behind everything and follow Alex into the Wilds and the unknown.  What I loved most about this book was that, unlike the other dystopian books I’ve read, this novel’s main character starts off completely under the spell of her misleading government, and we get to witness her slow evolution from terrified follower to fearless rebel.

The sequel, Pandemonium, comes out March 6th, 2012


I thought I found this one

I thought I found this one through Goodreads (but maybe it was you--I know we've talked about it a few times).  They've got recommendations and I think they noticed my love of dystopian books. You'd think they would get old after while. But nope.

Sounds cool!

Sounds cool!

Was this one of the books I

Was this one of the books I recommended to you Nicole? I totally agree with you that it's really cool to see a book where she's at first willing to do what she's supposed to do, as opposed to starting with a rebellious nature. It kind of reminds me of Uglies by Scott Westerfeld in that way. And a curse upon that cliff-hanger ending! Can't wait till March.

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