Book Review / Garden

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

The United States Government has declared love to be a disease. In fact, it has been proven that the diseases such as: heart disease, stress, bipolar disorder, etc. are actually only symptoms of amor deliria nervosa. Thankfully, scientists have found a cure! Once you turn 18 you’ll undergo a procedure that will cure you of love so you can live out the remainder of your days in relative peace, happiness, and, most importantly, safety.

Lena Haloway is only months away from her eighteenth birthday and can hardly wait for the procedure. After deliria claimed the life of her mom years before, Lena is anxious to have the cure so she can be safe. But during the months prior to the procedure she meets Alex.

(dun dun dun)

At first Lena fights against all of the new feelings that Alex brings out in her, but as you would expect, she just can’t resist those amber eyes and hair the color of leaves in autumn. I mean, come on!

Lena starts to think that maybe everything she has ever been told about love is actually a lie, but when she is finally ready to embrace love and Alex will it be too late?

(dun dun dun)

Seriously though, this book was amazing. Lauren Oliver is a fantastic writer and storyteller and I can’t wait for the next book to come out in the series – thank goodness this is a series! I didn’t realize that when I finished it and I was a tad…frustrated.

A compelling facet of this story is that people are not able to get the cure until they turn 18. Let me ask you a personal question – when were your hormones the craziest? Yep, probably those dang teenage years.

In Delirium, just because you are under 18 and haven’t received the cure does not mean you can act on those raging hormones or desires. In fact, if anyone under the age of 18 has symptoms of deliria they are given the cure even though the chances of complications or severe brain damage are greater. (Yeah, the procedure involves some kind of brain surgery. Gross.)

Since so many young adult books (yes, this is a YA book) have a strong romantic aspect this book takes that romance appeal to a whole ‘nother level. Love is forbidden and, according to the government, wrong, which makes it all the more alluring.

This is a great read for teens but also a great read for any of you adults who loved Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Even though love is a central theme the book has so much more to offer than one extended sappy scene after another. If you enjoy a good “us vs. them” story, a “social psychology ‘experiment’ of sorts” story, or a “keep you on the edge of your seat” story I guarantee you’ll like this one.

Doorway: Plot (for me at least)

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