"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.Review
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love." (Goodreads)
The society in Delirium have taken the song, "Crazy little thing called Love" quite literally, and they have named it a disease to be eradicated. Now called, Deliria, everyone in the society is to undergo the treatment so you'll never have to be inflicted with the disease. And afterwards, everything will be fine - no pain, promised happiness, and controlled life.
Lena lost her mother to deliria and spent her life abiding the rules and looking forward to a life as promised by the system. But when then she met this boy and she cannot deny that symptoms of deliria are creeping up on her.
In the events that unfold throughout the story, Lena realizes that there is more to deliria than being a supposed menace to society. Her mother was right, "they cannot take it." She thought she knew what she wanted, but it wasn't until she knew what love was that she had the strength to fight for what she wants and take the risk to be free.
I love the book. For a book about treating love as an illness, I wished for nothing more than being in-love afterwards. Seriously! All the antagonism towards love, those who are resisting the system, and the way Lena found love is just so beautiful and heartbreaking that will make you feel love is worth the risk and the pain.
A beautiful and heart-wrenching dystopian story from Lauren Oliver. If you believe in love, I recommend this book.