Title: Delirium (Delirium #1)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Release date: February 7th, 2012 (First published February 1st, 2011)
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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 smothered by a lie.
Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.
I had wanted to read this book for a while, especially for all the buzz around it and also because I have read very good reviews about it; I´ve finally read it and I really liked it.
Delirium tells the story of a dystopian society that conclude that everything bad in the world is because of love: war, crime, hatred and even mental and physical illnesses all is caused by love, so the U.S. government decides that love should be destroyed, so the society is contained in walled cities for the sake of the people and every citizen is subject to an operation at their eighteen birthday to release them from the deadly disease - amor deliria nervosa.
Delirium is told from Lena´s POV, she is too scared of getting amor deliria nervosa for various things that happened in her past, she like most of the population is sure that the disease is deadly and that if she becomes infected with the disease she will die. Lena is counting the days to her eighteenth birthday, because that day she will be cured but 95 days before her operation she meets Alex, a guy that will change her way of thinking, feeling and she will do the unthinkable .... falling in love.
My favorite character of the story is definitely Alex, he´s very real, always says what he feels and what he thinks and his romance with Lena is sweet, slow and cute. Lena on other hand bothered me more than one occasion because all her fears and insecurities. And another good character was Lena´s best friend Hana, she always supports her.
This book starts very slow because of the world building and is one of those books that I started to like it, bit by bit, especially because I felt that the beginning was Lena´s inner monologue, with almost no dialogue, but as it progressed the plot I started to like it more and the writing is beautiful a little bit poetic. It is a book that after I finish reading it got me thinking about it and assimilating the story and not to mention that ENDING! is of mayor cliffhanger and I cry like a baby.
This is a book for fans of dystopian novels.
You can´t be happy unless you´re unhappy sometimes. You know that, right?
I'd rather die my way than live yours.
Love: It will kill you and save you, both.
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