Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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DeliriumTitle: Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: February 1, 2011
Pages: 441
Series: Delirium #1
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 government 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.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

I went into this book with a tired mind towards dystopian books. I've read a lot of them lately and I was beginning to tire of them because of similarities within many of the books. Delirium, however, restored my faith in the originality of this genre. The story was fast paced, and unique with a lot of personality. The story was not only good, but it was realistic and believable to the reader. The writing was great, it had a distinct style to it that helped portray the innocence of Lena and her unknowing attitude towards all outside of what she was taught. Lena was a great character because she was able to adapt to her situation even when she was taught the wrong morals her entire life. Alex wasn't too pushy about being in love with Lena to make her more comfortable, putting her before himself all the time. Altogether this was a great read that I would recommend to anyone who wants a great dystopian read, or who enjoyed the Hunger Games. I give Delirium a 5/5 for originality, style and for being all around awesome with a terrible/ great cliffhanger to boot.

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