Sunday, May 1, 2011
Mary Reviews: Delirium
Delirium, by Lauren Oliver. (Harper Collins e-books, c2011)
The United States government has found the cure for Amor Deliria Nervosa, a highly contagious disease that endangers personal and political peace. At the age of 18, all citizens are cured of this illness, better known as Love. Lena is counting down the days until her procedure, knowing that it will provide her with a happy, predictable, pain-free life. Then she meets Alex, a young man who introduces her to the highs and lows, the joy and despair of love.
Author Lauren Oliver creates an America of walled cities and total government control. Lena's newfound passion grants her a clear vision of what her elders have given up for their happy, uneventful lives. Her world is thrown into chaos, as she learns to value that passion, rather than the orderly, sedate existence she has been trained to expect.
This novel hits on themes of love, resistance to authority, and dystopian society. It ends with many unanswered questions that will inspire readers to anxiously await the next book in the series.
For young adults, but will be of interest to book discussion groups.