Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Delirium

Today's post is going to be about 'Delirium' by Lauren Oliver. It is published by HarperCollins Publishing, it is 441 pages long and it has a beautiful cover. It is about Lena and is 95 days from getting 'cured'. 64 years ago scientists made a cure for amor deliria nervosa or what we would call love. All kinds of health problems are blamed on it from heart attacks to high blood pressure. When one is cured one no longer has to worry about anything, one is never going to have pain again or die from deliria. Lena wants nothing more than to be safe, to be cured and to not die the way her mother did. The day that she is going to have her final testing before she is scheduled to have her cure, the clinic is 'attacked'. By attacked I mean cows are herded into the build with things like mindless and not a cure written on them. She sees a boy on the roof looking down at this chaos and laughing. She meets him again and becomes friends with him but she thinks that he is safe, that he is cured. Of course he is not and he does not think that the cure is a good thing.It has some very tense moments, because the reader is experiencing the novel through Lena's eyes and the author does a great job in building the tension. I am expecting at least, a second novel, in the series and I am looking forward to where Ms. Oliver is going with this world. I would not have anyone under the age of about 13 read this because there are some scenes of how far humanity has fallen on that we have no emotions at all. But anyone older can handle the tale.