Delirium by Lauren Oliver
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 government 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)
This is one of those titles that had so much buzz around it when it first came out, that I put off reading it as I didn't think it would be able to live up to the hype. I'm glad I put it off, because I think I would have been disappointed if I'd read it amid all of the hoopla. As it is, I came to the story fresh and without any expectations. Well worth the wait!
Lena is the main character, who is looking forward to receiving the Cure. Her family has a checkered history of being infected, so Lena has grown up afraid that she might succumb as well. She is counting down the days until she is old enough to be cured, until the unthinkable happens when she least expects it....
Lena was a likable enough character, but I didn't really care for her family. I understand her aunt and older sister being standoffish as they had been cured, but her younger cousins seemed a little strange. Really liked her friend Hana though! Was a little surprised at her attitude at times, but she seemed like a good friend.
And Alex! If you're going to be infected by the delirium of love, he's a good choice! I thought his history was a little too pat, and he seemed to have it a little easy for being what he was, but all in all he was very likable. And I really liked the ending, as it was believable. Can't wait to read the sequel and see what happens next!
ARC received from the publisher at BEA