Since I have finished all university work, I have been a very free woman with a lot of time on my hands. I have mostly been taking up healthy eating and enjoying the sudden heatwave in London by sprawling out across a blanket and sunning myself whilst reading a book.
‘Delirium’ by Lauren Oliver is one of my most recent reads and- oh my god- it was just brilliant! It is probably my favourite book- yes it even beats ‘Wuthering Heights’ and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’! I cannot recommend this book enough, it is so easy to read, too enjoyable to put down and one of the best storylines I have ever followed.
The book is set in the future, where the protagonist, and her best friend are growing up in a small enclosed town which believes that love is a disease which causes illnesses like depression, bipolar, anxiety and produces other negative feelings like insecurity, anger and basically makes a person lose control of their normal behavior and act erratically. (Which, I guess is somewhat believable).
A ‘cure’ is discovered, in which a person’s undergoes brain surgery and comes out unable to feel anything and is basically numb. They are matched to a partner, with whom their job is simply to live with and reproduce with. Everyone is calm and there is no chaos to speak of…
Until the protagonist, Lena, an otherwise ordinary, shy and sensible girl falls in love with an uncured boy who lives and works in the town, pretending to be cured with a fake scar on his neck. Lena learns that love, even if it is dangerous, is so much more than an ‘illness’ and realises that she doesn’t want to be cured at all, she wants to choose love instead.
To tell you any more would ruin the story but basically this book is the perfect romance/tragedy novel. It will hook you in, it is never boring, so easy to read and one of the best love stories I have ever read with one of the most interesting plots. It made me really think about what ‘love’ actually is and its effects on us. You have to come to the conclusion yourself throughout the book as to whether love is positive or dangerous and I really really love that it made me think about it.
Just go and read this book and treasure it okay?