I've been wanting to read this book for ages because as you must know by now, I'm going through a kind of Dystopia phase. Delirium is set in a world where everyone believed love was a disease that would eventually kill you. That is why at the age of eighteen everyone was given a cure. No one wanted to go back to the Dark Days when love ruled nearly every action you made.
Uncured girls and boys are separated and if you make the slightest indication you're in love then there are consequences. This never bothered Lena before, she was counting the days until her cure. She hated the feeling of the infection running through her veins. She wanted to have her procedure and the sooner the better. Only, things start to change when Lena meets Alex. She begins to doubt the government that she's always believed in and she uncovers lies that could break her forever. She can't fall in love though, she just can't but there's a problem with that. She has no choice in the matter. Lena falls in love.
"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 government 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."
The one thing that pulled me in this book was the concept, it was amazing. Love is a disease; amor deliria nervosa meaning the deadliest of all deadly things. I thought it was very interesting. Delirium is a little slow at the start but it soon speeds up and gets a lot more exciting. I can't say I loved Lena but I didn't hate her and that's saying something. I felt the same way for her best friend Hana. One character I did love was Alex, he was an awesome character. He believed in love even when Lena was disgusted by it. Alex was defiant and sweet, no one owned him like the government owned everyone else. The book teaches that love does bring pain but without pain you can't have happiness and I think that's a great message. One thing I HATED about this book was the ending but I can't tell you any more about that. I really looking forward to reading the second book Pandemonium. I would give this book 4.5/5 stars.
My Favorite Quote:
“Love: a single word, a wispy thing, a word no bigger or longer than an edge. That's what it is: an edge; a razor. It draws up through the center of your life, cutting everything in two. Before and after. The rest of the world falls away on either side.”
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