- Pub. Date: February 2011
- Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
- Format: Hardcover , 441pp
- Sales Rank: 5,493
- Age Range: Young Adult
Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.
Lauren Oliver astonished readers with her stunning debut, Before I Fall. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it "raw, emotional, and, at times, beautiful. An end as brave as it is heartbreaking." Her much-awaited second novel fulfills her promise as an exceptionally talented and versatile writer.
REVIEW:When I got this book, I didn't even read the summary I just grabbed it because I love Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall, so I have no idea that this is dystopian, I told me self after Divergent I would take a break from the genre and read something like a romance, bio or mystery, but as soon as I read the disease in this world, I have to read it.
They call it Amor Deliria Nervosa or Love Disease. Insane right? it is funny how they list all these symptoms of being in love and how it posed as a dangerous disease in their world. When people turn 18, they get this "procedure" to be free from it. According to their Book of Shhh (Safety, Health, Happiness Handbook). Other disease such as stress, anxiety, heart disease, depression and even bipolar disorder are caused by Love. A government who would test you in order to place in you in a society, a government wherein they give you qualified matches to spend the rest of your life with, a government who does not allow too much laughing, dancing and enforce regulation like its martial law. As soon as I read those, I can't put it down anymore.
Our heroine Lena, is a goody two shoes, well she tries to be. it has something to do with her family history, something awful that happened with her mom, something she was scared off. I love her friend Hanna, she had this rebellious streak , what a teenager should have. While reading it, I wanted to push Lena (if only I could) to be more daring and more adventurous, to tap in to her curiosity. She was so frigid and that is so annoying to me. If not for the strong background of her character, she might not have worked for me. I am glad that I managed to ignore the negative feeling of putting this book down because it got so much better. There is always something quite unsettling and fascinating about forbidden relationship and breaking the rules in general, especially if the rules might get you somewhere dangerous or something you'll regret. Ms. Oliver I love your writing.