The first book that we are going to talk about is Delirium, which is Part 1 in a trilogy written by Lauren Oliver.
Imagine living in a world where the government tells you love is a disease. Where everybody has surgery before the age of 18 to ensure that the disease does not get into your system.
Lena can’t wait to have the surgery.She wants to make sure that she is never infected. They have told her love will kill you. Whenever she thinks about love she is reminded of her mother, who committed suicide when Lena was six because they couldn’t take the disease away from her heart.
Lena is about to turn 18 when she meets Alex, who shows her that everything they have told her, the world she has known since she was born, is a lie.
She soon learns that some people have escaped the system and live in the Wilds. The goverment people, who want their existence to be a secret, call them “the Invalids”.
IMO: This is a great book. It makes you feel and it makes you think. It makes you realize how important love is. I think it is really interesting for young readers, as with this novel you realize that sometimes it is important to rebel against all barriers, and to risk everything you have for a better future. Prospective readers be warned: this is a highly addictive book!!!
Recommended for: Fans of dystopian fiction, fans of romantic love stories, and basically anyone that likes a well-written YA novel with a lot of poetic prose!
Read these excerpt from the novel and answer the following questions.
Love: a single word, a wispy thing, a word no bigger or longer than an edge. That’s what it is: an edge; a razor. It draws up through the center of your life, cutting everything in two. Before and after. The rest of the world falls away on either side.
Before and after-and during, a moment no bigger or longer than an edge.
- Why do you think the author compares love to a razor?
- Why do you think Lena’s world was cut up in two after she found out what love means?
- If love were really a disease, would you prefer to live without it or to suffer it?
- Do you think people could ever be happier if the government were to dictate their feelings?
This review was written by Laurichi78