Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.
"Delirium" is a YA novel set in a dystopian Portland, where love is hated upon and regarded as a sickness. The story follows young Lena as she prepares for a procedure that every sixteen year old is given. The procedure is to remove love. Creating a pit of emptiness in its victims.
The story follows Lena during the days before the procedure; pointing at the deeper emotions in Lena's life, such as the death of her mother, and the family she is currently with. Then on the very day of the procedure Lena's life starts.
Alex begins as the mystery boy with rich honey colored eyes, a complete mystery to Lena at the time. As the story takes off with a blooming relationship in the making, Lena discovers that the only way to be truly happy is to follow her heart, not the rules that are put right in front of her.
This story could have fell flat, like many other books dealing with restrictions about love. This was the very first book I read from Lauren Oliver and let me say, it is one of my absolute favorites. I've read multiple novels with similar ideas, this novel though, has soared to new heights. If it's not the style of writing, the action, or the idea behind the story that captivates your attention and time, it will undoubtedly be the character development.
Lauren's characters become so real to it's readers that many felt the emotion pulsing through the pages.
Prepare yourself by canceling appointments, brewing a pot of coffee, taking the batteries out of your phones and having a tissue box within arms reach.
This timeless novel of love, loss, and sacrifice will bring anyone down to their knees. Not only will you want to know Lena, but you'll want to be Lena.
Lauren Oliver has created a world that no matter what struggles take place in its realms, its fans would take the next bus ride into town. This story teaches an important lesson for young lovers. As quoted in it's pages "That's the thing about love. You have to give things up. Sometimes, you even have to give them up."
This Story is for all Teens and Young Adults who enjoy an emotional journey to find what humans thrive on most. Love.
Read and Excerpt Below!