Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! And, I’m struggling to write a review that is worthy.

“They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever. And I’ve always believed them. Until now. Now everything has changed. Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.”

Delirium is set in an alternate North America where love is a disease and the cure turns you into a government issue human. Test scores determine what field you will work in and who you’ll marry. The number of children you are required to have is determined by your income.

It’s a world where everyone fears the Raiders, Police and Regulators who randomly search your home to check your “validity.” If you’re older than eighteen, you must be cured. Though the government denies the existence of invalids – people uncured, they still perform searches, just to make sure.

A fence surrounds the perimeter of the city in which people live. The Wilds are strictly off limits. Lena is a believer. She looks forward to being cured until one day she begins to question the status quo.

Lauren Oliver delivers a brilliant work that follows a young woman as she goes from a totalitarian state of mind to one of freedom. Freedom to feel, to choose and yes, hurt. I have high praise for this book and can hardly wait to begin reading its sequel.

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  • I really wanted to like this book but couldn’t. The world building wasn’t done well for my tastes.

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