What if you lived in a world where love was classified as a disease? Known in seventeen-year-old Lenaâ€™s futuristic society as â€œamor deliria nervosa,â€ it is something to be feared more than anything else. To catch amor deliria is to lose control, to forget to eat, sleep or work. It even drives some people to their death. Thatâ€™s why Lena canâ€™t wait to have the procedure that is administered to all teenagers on their eighteen birthdays, a simple operation that divorces you from any feelings of fear and pain. Even though it also stifles excitement, joy and causes some to lose theirÂ memories of loved ones, Lena doesnâ€™t care. Sheâ€™d rather feel nothing than end up like her mother, an emotional woman who, after three procedures, still couldnâ€™t stop exhibiting the terrifying symptoms of love. So she committed suicide rather than go through the operation again. Now Lenaâ€™s procedure is coming up. And unlike her mother, she canâ€™t wait to feel safe forever. Then she meets Alex, a boy with “crazy golden brown” eyes who challenges everything sheâ€™s ever known to be true about her world. She discovers a hidden society of light and warmth below the cold gray existence sheâ€™s been living, and a horrible secret that threatens to tear her very identity apart. And worst of all, she catches amor deliria nervosa. But instead of being terrible, itâ€™s the most wonderful thing sheâ€™s ever experienced. Now Lena has to decide if she can continue to live in a world without love. While this title didn’t hit me right here *thumps heart with fist* quite as hard as the author’s debut, Oliver’s prose is still lush, the concept is fascinating and the romance is EPIC. Classics fans will also find thematic shades of The Giver and Brave New World within the pages. The climactic end is both heart-pounding and heart breaking, making it a perfect choice for for sweetie reading around February 2011, when it will be making it’s way into libraries and bookstores.
4 thoughts on “Delirium by Lauren Oliver”
I am so excited about this book. I can’t wait till February. I read Before I Fall, I think Lauren Oliver is an amazing author. So many of my students are reading her work and they really love it!!!!
Yep–agree–EPIC romance. BUT–too many loose ends. I’m holding our for a sequel!
Sounds slightly borrowed from an Old Twilight Episode but still sounds great! I plan to order it for my students!
This is such an amazing book!