- Pub. Date: February 2011
- Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
- Format: Hardcover, 448pp
- Sales Rank: 173,576
- Age Range: 12 and up
Love. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don t.
In Lauren Oliver s stunning second novel, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the cure. Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. But then she meets enigmatic Alex, who lives under the government s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?
Lauren Oliver follows up her incandescent debut, the New York Times bestseller Before I Fall, with this extraordinary novel about a high-stakes romance set in a dystopian United States. Delirium presents a world as terrifying as The Hunger Games and a romance as true as Romeo and Juliet.
I had a bit of a hard time with this book in the beginning. Not because it wasn't good, but because I couldn't wrap my mind around a world where love is a disease that had to be cured. My brain just didn't want to accept their reality. I guess I am a true sympathizer, as the book refers to people like me.
This is a story about a girl born and raised in this world. A world where at 18, you get fixed and love will never be an issue. Lena is actually looking forward to this procedure but as all great books, her world was soon turned upside down by the appearance of Alex. Alex shows her what life is supposed to be about. Love and emotions. He shows her what it's like to feel alive.
What follows is a roller coaster ride of emotions, discoveries, danger, peril, love, heartache. Delirium kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens next. Lauren kept my adrenalin very high.
Lauren did it again. She created a story that sucked me in and kept me hanging on til the bitter end. Home run number 2 for Lauren and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
Author's Website: Lauren Oliver