Monday, January 31, 2011

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

In the not-too-distant future, love is classified as a disease. The scientists of the day have created a surgical procedure that will cure all citizens over the age of 18, and Lena can't wait until it's her turn. She has seen the disease ruin the lives of her mother and sister, and she welcomes the idea of being free of her emotions. That is, until Alex comes along. When Lena and Alex are alone together, she beings to feel the first symptoms of the disease. Now that she's had a taste of Amor Deliria Nervosa, can she go back to a life without it?

Dystopian fiction (the branch of Science Fiction in which a seemingly perfect and controlled world has some deeply disturbing flaws) is all the rage in teen fiction right now, and Lauren Oliver's newest addition to the genre is not to be missed. Lena and Alex are well developed characters that readers will easily identify with, and the ending will leave you begging for more. This is a must read, especially for fans of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series, and Lois Lowry's The Giver.

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