Love is a many splendid thing (William Shakespeare)! Love is blindness (U2)! Love is… a disease?
This is the startling dystopia of Lauren Oliver’s Delirium Series, a fantastic trilogy for young adults. Sixty five years in our future, the United States closes its borders and administers a cure to the ravaging affects of Amor Deliria Nervosa. Love is a disease and it must be cured, it must be eradicated.
Lena Halloway is an ordinary girl, her life was turned upside when her mother contracted the deliria and passed away and now Lena cannot wait for the cure so she can be safe from harm for the rest of her life. But is the removal of love and other emotions a blessing, or rather a dark curse? Lena has always done what she was told and believed what she was spoon fed in school, until she meets Alex, a boy with hair like autumn leaves who she falls completely in love with.
In the Delirium series there are love triangles, political intrigue, fights for survival and romance as Lena starts a new life running from her oppressive society and fighting for what she now believes in.
Oliver’s writing is fantastic and there is insightful prose and stunning description so the novel moves at a good clip with plenty of action. Lena is a completely believable, well rounded character, the world she lives in is beyond creepy and her romance with Alex is so beautiful, the kind of forbidden romance that is perfect for a young adult novel.
Delirium sets the stage for the world Lena lives in and has explosive action that catapults it into the second and third books in the series – Pandemonium and Requiem – where Lena forges her new life, and is torn between old and new loves and good and bad motivations.
Now I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.