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Delirium by Lauren Oliver
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Aug 01, 11

bookshelves: sci-fi-dystopia
Read from July 30 to August 01, 2011

No it isn't really pretty what a town without pity can do...
A rec from NPR Books, this was a pretty good read as far as YA literature goes. You do have the cliched girl rebelling in order to discover herself theme; the dashing young man who must "teach" her what it means to really live (because she couldn't have figured it out on her own. Grr...) idea; the family who just doesn't or can't understand trope; you get the idea. But, the plot is not bad and the distopian community of scientifically created sociopaths is an interesting study. Here, we hypothesize about what a community without love, compassion, and empathy looks like. And, yes, it is apathetic, indifferent, and unfeeling but it's also familiar. This book is reminiscient of The Stepford Wives, "The Eye of the Beholder" Twilight Zone episode, and Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. So, while the usual elements of YA lit are all present and accounted for - including the lame possibility for a sequal - Delerium is a well-written and well-developed story.

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07/30/2011 page 78
18.0% "Interesting that the 4th of July is a celebration of the day the U.S closed its borders, thus imprisoning itself literally. Good so far."

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