Could you imagine a world without love? No Motherly hugs, lovers kisses or dancing gleefully with your sister to bad pop music.
Over Valentines Weekend – somewhat ironically considering – I began reading the what could quite be the ultimate dystopian Young Adult series. Forget taking away luxuries and freedom of choice, the world Delirium is set in, the powers-that-be have taken away desire, love and passion.
“Rainstorms are incredible: falling shards of glass, the air full of diamonds.”
This dystopia is scarily set in the near-ish future; love `amor deliria nervosa’ is considered a disease and as soon as it’s safe to members of the community are ‘cured’, lobotomised in order to remove fear, love and any strong emotions. The heroine, Lena (short for the biblical name Magdalena), is counting down the days until her ‘cure’ – her mother died of the disease. Outside of this idealised Stepford world are the Wilds where the uncured live – kept out by electrified fences, bullets and cure scars. One day though Lena meets Alex, and her world is turned upside down.
“Poetry isn’t like any writing I’ve ever heard before. I don’t understand all of it, just bits of images, sentences that appear half-finished, all fluttering together like brightly colored ribbons in the wind.”
“Snapshots, moments, mere seconds: as fragile and beautiful and hopeless as a single butterfly, flapping on against a gathering wind.”
The beautiful characters have such depth, the heart-wrenching effect of society and the realistic reactions to inhumane situations. I have developed a serious case of amor deliria nervosa. You have been warned. If you devoured The Hunger Games, order this now.
“If you were told love was a disease, would you take the cure?”
I loved Delerium so much that I immediately ordered the sequel. Much like the lovely Mandy who recommended the book to me with the words to the effect that ‘whilst reading these novels my world became two things, reading and surviving’ nothing seemed to exist outside of the most essential.
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