Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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A world where love is a disease provides the premise for the much acclaimed series. Seeing as how I am on a severe dystopian/romance kick this novel was right up my ally. Set in yet again a future American society that has literally walled itself off from all other countries in an effort to segregate itself from those who do not think love is a disease. All in all the book was predictable but entertaining. The main character, Lena, struggles with the obvious question of is this the right thing and is the cure really a cure for a disease?

This is a great book if you don’t mind something that isn’t completely new. The ideas a new but plot development is pretty typical. Lena’s love interest, Alex, is everything the reader would want him to be but not quite swoon worthy like Noah in The Unbecoming of Mora Dyer, (still one of my favorite love interests.)Alex is however everything Lena needs to see that love is not a disease but a beautiful exciting experience that should not be simply “cut” out of our lives.  I really loved the way Oliver showed how love impacts all of us- it is not just our relationship with the opposite sex, but with children, hobbies, and music. How can you be passionate about life without love? I will be readying the sequel because I am eager to see what will happen to Lena even though it seems very similar to other novels like Legend, Matched and even The Hunger Games.

4 out of 5 stars

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Legend by Marie Lu

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5 out of 5 Stars

I absolutely ADORED this book.  In a lot of ways, like most, I have been reading novels that will try to fill the emptyness in my heart that The Hunger Games left. Divergent and Insurgent did a marvelous job of filling my void, but in a way they almost made it greater because of their similarities. Legend, however, gave me a few things that the other novels could not, such as a heroine I really truly enjoyed.

This novel is set in a dystopian future America that is divided into two political groups, the Republic and the Patriot; written in first person, alternating characters every chapter. This is one of my favorite types of novels to read. I love getting to see what both characters are thinking without the author’s assertions.  June is the strong female lead in a dystopian novel that I have been craving. She’s smart, quick, semi-rebellious and can most definitely hold her own.  While I loved those attributes with other heroines such as Tris in Divergent or Katniss of The Hunger Games, they were more likely to through a pity party for themselves or over think their every move. They also lack something that has plagued couples since the beginning of time- communication. It drives me nuts that they just don’t tell their male counter part what they are doing and why. The male lead, Day, is someone that is impossible not to love and trust worthy. Even though he is on the run from the government it is impossible not to side with this kind, generous, and good looking boy.

Their story kept me turning pages until the very end. There were a few situations that were easy to predict (making it an excellent read aloud or Lit Circle novel to discuss foreshadowing) I was still surprised by a few things and all in all could not put the book down.