Delirium (Delirium 1) by Lauren Oliver
They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever. And I’ve always believed them. Until now. Now everything has changed. Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie. (Goodreads)
When people turn 18 they’ve procedure to cure themfrom a disease called love, or amor deliria nervosa. Love is the reason that made evything to turn into chaos and a cure was developed. The feeling of love for a best friend, a parent, or a pet is not tolerated.
Lena can’t wait for her procedure but then she meets Alex. At first she’s horrified at the feelings she now has but slowly starts to question the way of life. She has always wanted to be happy and ordinary and the procedure is the answer to that. But what if there is another way?
I haven’t read many dystopian books before and I’m surprised how much I liked this. And I think the idea of love thought as disease is interesting.
It started little slowly but things starts to go swiftly little by little. I actually liked Lena. At first she is rather insecure and feels like she is in her best friend Hana’s shadow. Hana is the type that catches all the attention at first and then there is Lena’s mother’s suicide that still cast a shadow on Lena’s life. I loved to see that Alex made her start believing in herself more. But when Lena’s procedure starts to approach she starts to think about running off with Alex .
While I liked the book there was few things that bothered me. I would have liked to learn why the government suddenly started to force everyone to be cured. It was said love and feelings was the reason for wars and that people were unhappy but I kept thinking if there was something that really set things off.
And it’s said that it’s dangerous to take the procedure before you turn 18 because of side effects but then later on we’re told that some people who has gotten the deliria is forced to take procedure earlier. It kinda came out like it’s a normal thing when just before it’s stated to be dangerous.
But all in all it was fascinating reading and I’m looking forward reading more of her books!
Published: Hodder & Stoughton (2011)