Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian
Publication Date: 2/1/2011
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 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.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love. (Goodreads)
Lena Haloway is a good girl; she follows all the rules to avoid catching the deliria, she is counting down to the day she gets the procedure to cure her. She is also haunted by her mother's death - a suicide after failed procedures. She has a well laid out plan for her future... until she meets Alex.
Could you imagine living in a world where love is considered a disease and is worse than death? I couldn't. Ms. Oliver has created a world where there are strict rules, regulations, and everything is about avoiding and eradicating love and what happens when a girl who follows the rules religiously finds herself in love. This is a wonderful book and I found myself not being able to peel away from it. I am anxiously waiting for the second book, Pandemonium to be published.
When Lena meets Alex he shows her a world that she discovers may not be as wrong as she was raised to believe and that perhaps her mother might have been onto something when she wouldn't let love go for anything, not even her life. Their relationship is full of emotion and is definitely a ride worth going through. I wanted so bad for them to be together and make it in the end, but of course, there was the ever ominous cliffhanger ending, so I am hoping for the best in the next book.
Alex is wonderful. He is full of secrets, kindness, warmth, and above all: the forbidden emotion, love. Alex, along with her best friend Hana, show Lena what a different world it could really be without being trapped within the borders of the controlling world they live in.
I highly recommend this to fans of dystopian, I don't think you will be disappointed. It is deep, moving, and at some points will have you on the edge of your seat and biting your nails.