Author: Lauren Oliver
Publication Date: February 1, 2011
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.
Whoever thought that love would be considered a disease. Lauren Oliver makes it seem as it really is a disease that needs to be cured and that it has been the cause of the world's problems. I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down - I was reading while I was cooking dinner! The government gives the cure and regulates interactions. They watch for sympathizers. Lena thinks that once she is cured she won't have to worry about anything and she is counting down the days. Then comes Alex and she can't stop thinking about things that are symptoms of the deliria. She does things that she would never have done before like sneaking out to meet him and listening to music and going into the wilds where the invalids live. Lena has fallen in love with Alex and that is illegal. Alex and Lena must find a way to make it to the wilds before the regulators and her family can get to them. This was a great book and I have already pre-ordered Pandemonium from Barnes and Noble!