Synopsis from Goodreads: Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen.
Excellent writing! In addition to the main story about Lena who lives in a futuristic Portland, Maine, the author Lauren Oliver has quotations at the beginning of each chapter: rules from the Book of Shhh (The Safety Health and Happiness Handbook), an elementary school song-prayer about the atomic elements, Psalms and proverbs rewritten, and other poems. Lots of thought went into these quotations-of-the-future.
The story itself is excellent -- it goes along the vein of Big Brother is Watching You, with regulators and raids going on. Add the mothers and aunts who portray the Stepford Wives, blank faces, little emotion.
That's the whole purpose of the world Lena lives in: erase the disease known as amor delirium nervosa, the disease of love.
The book is not available until February 2011, but you can go to Delirium's website to read Chapter One, a Guide to Your Evaluation (the evaluation all teens go through before they are cured), and some Testimonials of those who have been cured.
author: Lauren Oliver
publisher: Harper Teen
available: February 1, 2011
review copy from Around the World Tours
my rating 5 stars out of 5