But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She fall in love.
I have to start off by saying what a wonderful writer Lauren Oliver is. Both the style of writing and the story line blew me away. I loved this book.
The story opens with Lena explaining the world she comes from. A place where Love is a disease, something to be feared. A country surrounded by an electric fence to keep the disease out and the people in. Regulators patrol the streets making sure people conform to the rules. But worst of all, it is a world where at 18 you get 'the cure'; an operation that eradicates all feelings of love, regret, and even true happiness. Once you are cured you are paired with a suited match and married.
Lena cannot wait to have her operation. She is literally counting down the days when she will no longer have to be afraid of contamination. That is, until she meets Alex. Suddenly Lena's world is thrown upside-down as she is forced to question her surroundings and the people she has grown up with. One of my favourite parts on the story was when Lena discovers that she has been talking and dancing with an uncured boy (Alex). I could feel her absolute panic and terror as she tries to get away from him.
I adored Alex's character. He is a bit cheeky and he likes to tease Lena now and again. He is brave and selfless and can recite banned love poems! What more can a girl ask for? Their love is real. The story was quite slow at the beginning but I think it really helped bring depth to Lena and Alex’s relationship. It made their relationship more real and brought a sense of tension to it all. They didn’t just fall head over heels for each other the minute they met, like in so many other young adult books. It was refreshing to see it drawn out a bit.
Overall it was an excellent read. The ending was spectacular! It was gripping and dramatic and I find myself thinking about it all the time, even though I finished the book last week. I am so excited about book 2, which I am going to talk about below! 5/5 Stars
WARNING! I am posting up the synopsis for Book 2, Pandemonium. If you haven’t read Delirium yet then READ NO FURTHER as it will contain SPOILERS!
Goodreads summary: Pandemonium continues Lena’s gripping story. After escaping from Portland, Maine, Lena makes it to the Wilds and becomes part of an Invalid community, where she transforms herself into a warrior for the resistance. A future without Alex is unimaginable, but Lena pushes forward and fights, both for him and for a world where love is no longer considered a disease. Swept up in a volatile mix or revolutionaries and counterinsurgents, Lena struggles to survive – and wonders if she may be falling in love again.
Expected Publication: March 6th 2012
I would love to know what people think of this? It really upsets me :( I can't understand how someone can love another person so completely and be prepared to die for them, and then turn around and fall in love with someone else. I guess that Lena does think Alex is dead, and maybe he is? But I just don't want to see her fall in love with someone else when I love Alex so much! March is too far away.