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May 25, 2013

Book Review - Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver

DELIRIUM:They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever

And I've always believed them.

Until now.

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

My Thoughts: This is a captivating book with very interesting plot - love is a disease and everyone gets cured at age 18. It's desired until someone starts feeling the effects of love, and doesn't want it to stop. Authors who write dystopian novels have such creative minds! I could never think up these plots even if I tried.

PANDEMONIUM: I’m pushing aside 
the memory of my nightmare, 
pushing aside thoughts of Alex, 
pushing aside thoughts of Hana 
and my old school, 
push, 
push, 
push, 
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.

My thoughts: I loved this book, and oh the cliff hanger at the end. The entire book is about Lena's life as she adapts to living in the wild while simultaneously flashing forward to her time shadowing a political figure around....and it doesn't take much to predict how their relationship will turn, and I couldn't wait to read the third book in this series once they revealed a shocker at the end of this book.

REQUIEM: They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.

But we are still here.

And there are more of us every day.

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor.

Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.

Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.

But we have chosen a different road.

And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.

We are even free to choose the wrong thing.

Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge
My Thoughts: I  enjoyed the trilogy but hated the ending. It left too much up in the air in my opinion. I was left wonding what happens to hana, lena's relationships with her family (grace, jenny carol etc), what happened with the resistence, and how things turned out in the end....oh and which of the two men captured her heart once and for all.

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