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Delirium, by Lauren Oliver

Pub. Date: February 2011
Format: Hardcover , 448pp
Age Range: Young Adult
ISBN: 9780061726828


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 Haloway 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.

My Review

Lena has always looked forward to the day she'll be cured of amor deliria nervosa.  She's seen firsthand the effects it has on the uncured, girls who weep and cry - loudly proclaiming their love for a boy.  One girl managed to escape the doctors and leaped to her death while in the grips of the disease.  Lena was told that her own mother committed suicide in the name of love.

Then she meets a boy named Alex, and a whole new world is revealed to her.  One without monitors, without someone telling her what to do and how to behave, one full of love.  A modern twist on the tale of Romeo and Juliet.