Teen Review: “Delirium” by Lauren Oliver

“Delirium,” unlike most dystopian books, resembles our current lifestyle in most ways. There is still the corner store. There are still class differences. Your success still depends on you. The only difference is that love is seen as a disease. It is called Delirium. At age 18, you are cured. Depending on test scores, you are given choices of whom you will marry, or, if you are smart enough, you first will go to college. Lena has counted down the days until she can be cured. Love destroyed her mother and almost did the same to her sister. Breaking the rules and socializing with uncured boys has never crossed her mind. Up until she meets Alex, she is a law-abiding, model citizen. But she does meet Alex, and love becomes something beautiful. Alex is from the Wild, posing as a cured boy in college in order to live within the city. Lena wants desperately to escape into the Wild, where she is free, unwatched and “uncured.” Love brought them together, but can it save them? I particularly found this book interesting because so many dystopian societies I have read about are so different from our lives that you would never think it possible, but “Delirium” is so close to home that you can really imagine living in that society.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 16

"Delirium" by Lauren Oliver book cover

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