Title: Delirium (Book 1 in the Delirium Trilogy)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn’t about to make the same mistakes.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the Wilds who lives under the government’s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?
Love as a disease. Cool idea. And thankfully, it’s well done in this book. Each chapter is preceded by an excerpt from the law book that governs this dystopian society and gives you more insight into the lives the characters lead. If you like Hunger Games and Divergent, you’ll probably like Delirium.
I didn’t connect with the main character. I found Lena whiny and weak (did I mention whiny?) and that made parts of the book drag for me. It also took me a while to get into the story. The plot seemed to start somewhere halfway through the book and the rest is just the “set up” chapters. A little tedious if you ask me.
My verdict: 3 out of 5 stars
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