Delirium by Lauren Oliver. This YA novel is set in an alternative present in Portland, Maine. In this world love has been declared a disease, and a cure is provided to everyone once they turn 18. The government evaluates everyone and sets out the course of their life: what they’ll do, where they’ll live, even who they’ll marry, and how many children they’ll have. The book centres on Lena who is just months from her procedure, and is counting down the days. Until she meets Alex and does the unthinkable and falls in love.
I found the book very intriguing and capturing. It reads very easily; I wasn’t bogged down in the back story about the way the world and government works. It was all conveyed very seamlessly with the story.
Lena is very likable and relatible. I was surprised at how easily the author was able to capture Lena’s thoughts and feelings. Would you know how to describe the feeling of falling in love for the first time? It was very believable and real.
The end is a little predictable, but still heart wrenching. Definitely an amazing read.
Source: Review copy from Net Galley