Wednesday, January 16, 2013
kindle book purchased from Amazon
Description from author website:
They didn't understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.
I found the premise for this book to be quite interesting and I have read so many rave reviews that I decided to give it a shot. I thought the story was pretty well told and I did enjoy the explanation for how the idea of love being a disease was developed and how it took over became the prevalent idea held by most people. I found the love story to be okay, but that wasn't really what held my attention. I was much more interested in how the author described all the people who voluntarily went in for this procedure and how everyone just accepted this pretty crazy idea. The propaganda and and reworked Bible stories and nursery rhymes and the "cautionary" tales of Shakespeare at the beginning of each chapter were great.
To be honest, I was wavering between feeling the book was just okay and not really caring very much until I hit about 73% and then the story really took off for me. For the few people out there who haven't read Delirium yet, I won't spoil it, but things really got interesting and I was not expecting the book to end the way it did. I give Lauren Oliver credit for doing something different and I am looking forward to reading the second book in the trilogy.