Author: Lauren Oliver
Release: February 3rd 2011
Genre: Dystopia, Romance, YA
#1 in the Delirium trilogy
Sequels: Pandemonium (#2), Requiem (#3)
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 government 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.
This was really amazing. And so, so philosophical. When I finished this book, I had to sit there and keep thinking about how this book now really changed my whole view on the world. Because, really, what hollow place would the world be without love?
The plot was very original! And so enjoyable. A world, where love is viewed as a disease from which humans suffer and die. I loved the idea, because it is kind of true — Love can be terrible and cruel. So aside from the pure awesome fact that this book leads you to using your brain cells, the story it tell you is also a very beautiful one. A teenager like us living in that world, fearing falling in love. And then it really happens: She falls in love. Lena and Alex' "adventures" are so amazing to read and I fell in love with Alex the moment Lena saw him standing there during her ... rating thingy. I'd have to spoiler now to dwell further into my love for the plot, so I'll leave it with this: it's very philosophical and breathtaking.
And the characters! Lena definitely knows what's up. I loved her way of thinking, it's kinda similar with mine — everyone is going to disappoint and leave you at some point, even those you call "best friends" and you thought you could always count on. And more things like that, I very much liked all the Lena quotes. And Alex! He was so swoon-worthy, really. He was incredibly sweet and I liked him instantly just because of his name. And boy, let me tell you he doesn't disappoint! He really upholds the honor of hot Alex'. Everything he did for Lena - it was what any girl would've melted over. He risked everything just to be with her. And Hana was also really cool. I got the feeling she was kinda overlooked by the Lauren Oliver, because we got to know so little of her. Still, what we did get to know of her made her seem very likeable.
I can really, really recommend you to read these books or at least put it on your soon-to-read list.