Book Type: Hardcover
Age Range: Young Adult
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 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.
“All You NEED is LOVE “cites the famous quote written by two big music icons and, in this literary presentation, Lauren Oliver shows us how could be a world where the only thing you don’t need is love. This is the second literary proposal by Oliver and while Before I Fall positioned her as one of the favorite 2010 debutants; Delirium shows why Lauren Oliver is one of the most unique and brilliant voices from her generation. Delirium is narrated in a dystopian world where love has been classified as a disease which makes human beings commit rebellion acts like: war, crimes and hate; it’s because of this the government tried to find a way to “cure” human beings from feeling such complexes “emotions”. The story is narrated by Lena, a model citizen that has been raised under an aunt’s tutoring who taught her the rules perfectly. Lena counts the days in which she could finally be cured once and for all and will not be at risk from such disease. Lena wasn’t counting on two events; the first one being the love seed her mother seeded on her and the second one: Alex. Words come up short when expressing how much I enjoyed the story, We as human beings have grown in a world where the most beautiful art expressions have been created as cause and effect from love or trying to explain it. Living the Lena and Alex’s journey as a reader in a world where everything is backwards filled my heart with vulnerability towards them and, on the other hand, invited me to think over. Oliver creates a world molded gracefully not only by her words, but the narrator captivates the reader into looking to this world and question if it’s really the right direction while inviting you in her journey. Regarding romance, it’s everything I like from a romance and I’m rooting for this two. Alex is a great love interest and his way of looking towards the world makes him tender, and it’s heartbreaking but beautiful seeing the way Lena and him explore what they are feeling in a world where such feeling is prohibited. Delirium, the story of a girl who will be saved without love … but love will set her free, really happy, and will show her what really matters in life and cannot live without it.