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Continuing with the young adult dystopian sub-genre, Delirium by Lauren Oliver creates a world in which love is considered a disease, and everyone who becomes of age must have an “operation” (essentially a lobotomy) to cure them of love. The main character we follow, Lena, looks forward to the day she can be rid of love, until she meets Alex.

Alex is part of what this society calls the “Invalids”: people who have chosen to be outcasts in order to have love in their lives. Alex is able to infiltrate the government as a security guard and implies that there is a major rebel movement whose reach is further than anyone could imagine.

I don’t know what it is about dytopian literature that I’m so drawn to. I guess it’s the idea of another world – that possibly our world can become that, or has the capacity to become that. It’s scary to think that someday the government could become so powerful and overreaching or that society could become so scared they’re willing to change everything. That somehow someday North America or anywhere else could become George Orwell’s Oceania.

But I digress. I’m just caught up in everything YA dystopian lit (and watching Downton Abbey!). In Delirium (and it seems in every other YA dystopian story), there is the main concept of this society (that love is an unwanted disease); the main female character who is willing to go along with it all, until she meets the love of her life, and is ready to transform her life (and possibly the lives of everyone in the story) for the better; and of course a rebel or outcast entity within this dystopian society that challenges the status quo.

This book did not disappoint. First off, I love the concept. I can’t imagine having a world with no love, which makes the love story in this book even more powerful. It is deeply forbidden and could land them in prison for life.

What also made this book so powerful was the transformation of Lena. She went from being completely complacent and willing to undergo this surgery to rid her of love, to someone willing to risk everything to be with the man she loves. One of my favourite quotes from this book is when Lena is ready to escape her family’s house to be with Alex:

“And in that second I’m so filled with love it’s as though my body transforms into a single blazing beam of light shooting up, up, up, beyond that room and walls and city: as though everything has dropped away behind us, and Alex and I are along in the air, and totally free.”

In that very moment, she realizes the profound power of love. The power of passionate love between two people. The power of her mother’s love – her mother was operated on three times, but it never worked and she continued to love her daughters and her husband. Lena also realizes the power of a friend’s love – her best friend Hana is also willing to risk her life to help Lena and Alex be together.

I just adored this love and it definitely left me wanting more. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series – it was published just last week. I highly recommend this book if you love love stories and/or dystopian literature.

Rating:

{  } Pretty bad
{  } Tolerable
{  } All right
{  } Exciting
{x} Enthralling

Book 12 out of 60

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