As you guys know, I am participating in the Dystopia Reading Challenge hosted by Blog of the Erised. My goal to at least get to the Rebel level. I have to say that I am moving along nicely too.
I have had Delirium on my to-be-read list for quite some time. I had read Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver, in 2010 as a ARC book and really enjoyed her writing style.This challenge gave me a good reason to finally get to it. I want to remind you guys that I may include spoilers and so if you are interested in my spoiler-free review then you may want to check out my Goodreads review.
The Basic Premise
Delirium takes place in Portland, but in this world the government has found that love is a problem and the cause for many ailments and leads to death. Yes, love is a major problem and they have developed a cure for it. Lena was raised in the world after the cure, and cannot wait to go through the procedure. She lost her mother to that awful emotion and she sees the cure as the beginning of her new life and in a way it will be the beginning of her life since after the surgery she will be matched with her husband and can attend college.
The world seems pretty organized and it seems that everything is running smoothly, but there is a contingent of people who do not think that the cure is a good thing. People who do not have the cure and live outside the city limits (in The Wild) are called invalids. The Invalids cannot marry, hold jobs, and are believed to live like savages and the government would like people to believe that they have been eradicated. Even though the government wants their citizens to believe all is well, there are hints of unrest and as the day of her surgery approaches Lena begins to see that the tidy and predictable world around her is filled with secrets… And maybe the things she liked about the world she lived in may not be what she likes after all.