Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium; Book One
Genre: Young Adult/YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Read: 29th June 2015
They say that the cure for love will make me happy and safe forever. And I’ve always believed them.
Now everything has changed. Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years suffocated by a lie.
There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it.
Then, at last, they found a cure.
Set in Portland and fictionalised, Delirium follows Lena Haloway, a seventeen year old girl who’s counting down the days before she can get the cure – the one thing that will make sure she never gets amor deliria nervosa and become infected by love.
With 95 days left until her birthday and the day she’ll be cured, Lena, short for Magdalena, is determined not to mess up, to get through the 95 days and get the cure. She saw what it did to her mam and she’s seen how it’s helped her sister. She knows this is what she wants, to have this happy and safe life free from love.
Until her assessment goes wrong and she sees him, a laughing boy, up on the railings. She guesses that he’s an invalid until she meets him again with her friend Hana while they’re out running.
He is Alex, part time guard and college student.
After her initial meeting with him, and what she takes as a failed rendezvous, she forgets about him. She looks forward to graduating from high school and spending the summer with her best friend before they get cured.
But Hana changes all that when she discovers loops in the intranet system and finds illegal concerts going on around Portland. She pushes Lena into going, but Lena only decides to go after Hana’s words get to her. Not expecting anything from going, she’s surprised when she runs into Alex and finds her world changing.
Summer becomes Lena, Hana and Alex as Lena counts down the days to her procedure. Until Alex becomes her full time distraction and she reconsiders what love is – maybe, after all, it’s not a disease, but something to be treasured?
I really enjoyed this book, which surprised me because I don’t usually like romance novels but I found that after about 20% I really got into it and found great enjoyment in reading it.
“Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years suffocated by a lie”
If you liked The Selection series, Jenny Han’s writing and a well developed world, this is the book for you.
I have given this book a 4/5🌟