Delirium by Lauren Oliver
My Rating: 5 stars
The United States is now a place where love or ‘amor deliria nervosa’ is illegal. It’s considered a disease. It’s been sixty four years since love was announced as a disease. Forty three since there has been a cure. Every person: woman, man and child, live in fear of contracting this deadly disease. The government’s brutal authority and control includes gender segregation, media censorship, beating and physically harming people who don’t cooperate and basically brainwashing everyone to believe that the cure will save you.
Lena, who is seventeen and whose family has been tainted by the disease in the past, can’t wait to get cured. She can’t wait to live without the fear of accidentally becoming infected. She can’t wait to live a happy life. Until she meets Alex. Alex is unlike everyone else in Portland. He is a resister. He isn’t cured, but he pretends to be. As soon as Lena first sees Alex, her whole world changes. Lena’s story is a heartbreaking story of love and bravery in someone who is least expected to resist.
I can’t get over how amazing this book was. I swear every bit of this story is perfection: the plot, the main idea, and the characters. They’re perfect. I love Lauren Oliver and I wish I knew how she came up with this idea. She also wrote one of my other favorite books “Before I Fall.” I really hope there are more books after Delirium.