by Lauren Oliver
They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever.
And I've always believed them.
Now everything has changed.
Now, I'd rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.
Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.
Savory, beautiful, delicious.
One of the best dystopian books I’ve read. Dare I say better than Hunger Games? Yes, probably. Though unlike Hunger Games, I wouldn’t recommend this one to my husband. Too much teenage romance.
Scientists discovered that this thing we call LOVE is a disease which eats us apart, and many of the social problems we have (bipolar disorder, OCD, depression, etc) are all symptoms of this disease. But thank goodness, they found a cure! A little brain surgery and we will all be free of this horrendous disease. Mandated by the United States government.
But the problem: this procedure is not safe to perform on anyone under the age of 18.
Strict rules keep girls and boys separated, until they are paired and cured. These rules control what they read, the music they listen to, their curfews. And there are enforcers roaming the streets as they watch for any undesirable activities.
Cities are fenced off, and the Invalids who live out in the Wilds were purged (bombed) many years ago. Thank goodness! We’re safe from them.
Lena is 17 and she can’t wait to finally have her procedure. She wants to be cured of this dirty disease. She wants to be like everybody else.
Until she meets Alex.
What I loved about this book:
#1. Of all the dystopians, this book reminded the most of 1984 by George Orwell: love being an evil thing
#2. Great care was taken in tying the two love birds together
#3. The language was beautiful and poetic (sometimes too much so, but I still enjoyed it)
Not much traumatic or intense happens throughout the story, but you can feel it coming, and the ending doesn’t disappoint on the intensity level.