Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre: YA Fiction, Dystopian
Publisher: HarperCollins (February , 2011)
Hardcover: 441 pages
Source: Borrowed from Library
Available on: Amazon | Barnes&Noble
My Rating: 5/5
Description from GoodReads:
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.My Review:
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.
This book was Amazing! Imagine living in a world where everyone believes that love is a deadly disease (Amor Deliria Nervosa). I know heartbreak hurts but living without love just sounds a little too extreme. I guess when people are desperate they believe anything that promises a good life.
Lena's world was fascinating! It showed how a society can be so scared that they allow the government to dictate their life because of fear. To me this book was more about learning to live with fear and accepting and dealing with pain and loss that comes with loving.
I also enjoyed the small glimpse of the life outside their society. I was a little disappointed that they did not introduce any character that lived outside but I am hoping the next one in the series will.
I loved Lauren Oliver's writing! She allowed me to see the change in her main character. I was able to see from the dialog the change in Lena from being scared and nervous to strong and determined. I liked the way she began the chapters with quotes from different text and referenced altered books like the bible and classics, such as Romeo and Juliet: A cautionary tale.
I loved Hana Tate. She made my list of best Minor Characters because she was simply an amazing friend. The romance was also a major contributor to me loving this book. Lena and Alex *Sigh* I don't want to give to much away but let me just warn you that the ending is insane! I was on the edge of my seat, scared to death for Lena and Alex. You know a book is good when you are worried and care about the characters.
I highly recommend this book. Especially to those who enjoyed Matched by Ally Condie and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.