Publication Date: February 3, 2011
Publisher: Harper Teen
Number of Pages: 441
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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.
I know I'm doing this backwards. I should of re read Delirium, before I read the final book Requiem. I didn't really plan on re reading it or even the second book. And some may even ask why I would want to re read Delirium after that last book. And honestly, I feel like for a series about love, romance was missing in Requiem. I wanted to remember the beautiful story about love and sacrifice that Oliver created in the first book.
The premise of the world in this series is unique and creative. The US government has claimed love is a terrible disease. Each city is surrounded by a boarder, and they have created a cure. Once you've had the cure you don't feel pain, and you are almost a completely different person. Each person is given the cure close to their 18th birthday. Lena has been counting down the day until her procedure. Her mother had been infected with love, and after having the procedure three separate times, she commits suicide. Lena believes the cure will save her and keep her safe.
Lena has one last summer before she and her best friend, Hana, are cured and everything changes forever. Hana is very rebellious, listening to illegal music and even going to illegal parties and socializing with boys. While Lena follows the rules, Hana starts to question everything. Until Lena meets Alex. All of a sudden she is bumping into him everywhere. And when he saves her life, she knows she can't stay away.
The whole books is a page turner. Even the second time reading the book I was just intrigued as the first time. There's even a few surprises along the way. Even though I'm disappointed in how the series turned out I will always love this one. It teaches us there's nothing can take away love. The ending! Oh it's a tear jerker. The ultimate sacrifice for love is paid. The book as a whole is just beautiful.