Delirium by Lauren Oliver
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Sadly, this book didn't seem new to me: it's a little like Matched, a little like The Giver, a little like other dystopian novels where society has been 'cured' of something (like cancer, or emotion, or growing old or - in this case - love).
While the librarian in me truly enjoyed the Book of Shhh (formally known as The Safety, Health and Happiness Handbook), the reader in me was annoyed by the padding. Too much time on Lena's sorrow over losing her mother and how her mother's "cure" didn't take, too much time on the running, on how Portland had changed since the border went up, on Hana and Lena's friendship, etc.. It's one of the biggest problems with series books and one I'm increasingly intolerant of.
The Stepford United States' war against the Wilds and the Invalids, Hana's near rebellion and Grace were far more interesting, and far less discussed. The ending was good in the sense that you don't feel cheated into buying and reading the next book; just enough of a cliffhanger should you want to continue, but it ends in a good place should you want to create the future for yourself.
ARC provided by publisher.
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