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Delirium by Lauren Oliver
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Mar 13, 2011

it was amazing
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I wish I would have waited until the entire series was out, because I'm literally biting my nails waiting to find out what happens next! I stayed up late two nights to finish this book because I could not put it down. The premise of the book is that love is a fatal disease that must be eradicated. Children are segregated until they turn 18, at which point they get "the cure" (sounds like a lobotomy) and are matched up with a partner and told how many children to have. Lena, who considers herself plain, was excited to get the cure and be paired up until she meets Alex, who changes everything for her. I don't even know what to say about it... It's well-written, very powerful, yet so realistic (strange to say about a dystopian novel!) and compelling. Oliver creates not only a dystopian not-too-distant future, she creates a history for this society through textbooks and pamphlets, which we get a quote from at the beginning of each chapter. It's interesting to see how elements from our society are twisted in the new world, where love is considered a disease.

Originally read March 15, 2011.

"Love, the deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't. But that isn't it, exactly. … Love: It will kill you and save you, both." I'm getting ready to read the second book of the series and needed to refresh my memory. It's been a year and a half since I read it originally, but it was almost like a new book, which I mean in the best way. I kind of remembered the story and how it ended, but reading it was just like it was new. Oliver's language and word choice are perfect. Everything is so beautiful and suspenseful without the reader really realizing it. She has a unique way of describing love of all kinds.

Re-read September 13, 2012.

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Keeley This review is great; thanks! Cannot wait to read it.

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