I love you. Remember. They cannot take it.
I don’t want to review this book. I seriously want to just spend this entire post just gushing about how much I loved it. It was one of those books where I just finished it and didn’t know what to do with myself. So I went ahead and pre ordered the next book, Pandemonium, on Amazon. What other choice did I have? Now I must wait until March to get my next fix!
Delirium is the first in a trilogy that portrays the US as a dystopian society that has banned love. Every person must have a neurological surgery once they turn eighteen in order to ensure that they are no longer capable of feeling love towards anyone or anything. Unfortunately, there is always a risk of contracting the disease for your eighteenth birthday, and due to medical complications, it’s not safe to perform the surgery before you’re an adult.
Lena has 95 days until surgery. She cannot wait. Her mother had the surgery three times, none of which were successful, and she instead committed suicide. Her mother’s legacy has always been a stigma for Lena and she can’t bear the thought of turning out like her mother, so she counts down the days until she will be safe from the disease. She has one last summer to spend with her best friend Hana.
Guess what happens next? Lena meets a boy, Alex, and falls in love. Did you see that one coming? All people who have been cured have an inverted triangle tattooed by their ear, which Alex has, so Lena feels safe around him, knowing that he is safe and cannot fall in love with her. Except it turns out that Alex is masquerading as cured. He actually hasn’t had the surgery. He is a resistor.
I have read quite a few reviews of Delirium that lament that it moves too slowly (most of these reviews were admittedly on Amazon). I will agree that it doesn’t move quite as fast as some other dystopian YA I have read, but in the end that doesn’t matter, because it impacted me more than any of those books. Once I got into the story, I couldn’t put it down. The love affair between Alex and Lena was so tangible and I was deeply touched by it, despite the fact that they are only teenagers.
If you haven’t read this one yet, I urge you to pick it up ASAP. Unless you want to wait until March. Because once you finish Delirium, you will want to move on to Pandemonium immediately.
I purchased this book from Target.