February 2011, HarperTeen
First in the Delirium series
Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. 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 governments 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.
Opinion:Have you ever had your heart broken and in those moments of despair you wish to never love again? That is the world in which love is vaccinated shortly after graduation and this vaccine even eliminates parental love. No one touches, no one hugs, no one utters the illegal words, “I love you.” This is the world in which Lena has been raised and she is excited to be so close to receiving the vaccine when she meets Alex…
Delirium is beautifully written.The imagery sinks you deep into this world. This dystopia at it’s finest, and *gasp*, I don’t even like dystopia most of the time.
The only thing I have negative about the entire book is that the first two paragraphs of chapter 8 seem disjointed. Seriously that is how great the writing is.
Delirium is heartbreakingly beautiful from the very first page. I view it as an instant classic. I believe it’s my favorite read of the new year and one I hope to go back to many times. A definite buy.