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Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium by Lauren Oliver Publisher: HarperTeen (February 1st, 2011) Reading Level: Young Adult 14+ Hardback: 441 pages Source: Publisher Series: Delirium #1 Rating: 5 of 5 stars 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 governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway 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.
Review: Wow. This is one of those books that you finish reading and have to take time to wrap your mind around what just happened."Love" is a word people throw around often, but what if you couldn't? What if it was against the rules to love another person? That scenario is what Delirium brings to light. In this world, where love is forbidden, Lena is waiting for her turn to be cured of the disease that took her mother. The disease is Amor deliria nervosa and it's deadly.
Love has been found to be a terrible disease that must be eradicated. 17 year-old Lena can't wait till the day she has the procedure that will keep her from getting the disease. It happens when each individual is 18, and her time is coming fast. But first, everyone must be evaluated. After the procedure they will be matched with their future husband or wife and this test is highly important for your future. Lena wants to do the best she can and give the evaluators the answers they are looking for. Then chaos occurs when some cows go loose in the labs and Lena comes face to face with the boy that will change her idea of love.
Alex has a complicated past that Lena doesn't discover until later but all she knows is that she can't keep him off of her mind. She keeps a check on the symptoms, to see if she is infected, but over time she realizes she may not care if she is. Alex is irresistible in the best possible ways. He opens a new world of possibilities for Lena and shows her that things may not be as they seem. Maybe being cured isn't an easy way out. Maybe having a life clearly laid out for you won't make you happy. These are things Lena had never considered before.
I also have to mention Lena's best friend, Hanna. Hanna was originally the one who helped Lena see another side of society. She questioned being cured and went to parties where boys and girls could dance and touch. All of that was forbidden, and Lena was shocked to see these things. Hanna helped complete Lena. Without Hanna's friendship, I don't think that Lena would have been as strong as she was. They had a complex bond that best friends should have. I never questioned their interactions. I could see why they were friends and why they were so supportive of each other.
Alex and Lena's relationship was based on something much deeper than typical teenage romance. It was build on respect, compassion, and desire. They were aware of the forbidden aspects and took several dangerous steps in order to stay together. Simply stated, it was perfectly crafted! It felt real and I never questioned where the love came from.
Lauren has created a breathtaking story that will have readers emotionally invested in these characters as they watch them fight for the right to feel. Delirium is moving, stunning, exceptionally written, and more emotion-packed than I could have ever imagined. Lauren's writing is nothing short of eloquent, and the personality of each character bounds off the page and into your heart. In a world where love is forbidden, Delirium brings more love and passion than I could have imagined.

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