Available Copies: Pittsfield Teen, Traverwood Teen
Sequel to: Delirium.
After falling in love, Lena and Alex flee their oppressive society where love is outlawed and everyone must receive "the cure"--an operation that makes them immune to the delirium of love--but Lena alone manages to find her way to a community of resistance fighters, and although she is bereft without the boy she loves, her struggles seem to be leading her toward a new love.
I read the first book of this trilogy when it first came out as part of my book club. When I got to the end, and not realizing that it WAS a trilogy, I thought, "Where's the rest? Lena has only just reached the point of making a decision... and what happens NEXT is the real story!"
So... finally I have gotten around to what happens next... and I'm a little underwhelmed. It's not bad, by any stretch. I think the problem for me is that she is in a middle ground where she is beginning to find herself, but is still largely at the mercy of forces (and people) outside of her control. Not that there aren't moments when she is making her own decisions, but she is mostly still young and new in the place where she is.
I'm just about to start the third book, and hoping that her leadership will step up even more. But overall, reading these as a 40-something (which, I readily admit, is NOT the primary or intended audience!), I'm looking for a little bit more.
Love is a curse, which everyone gets a cure for when they reach age 16. Alex, like her Mother before her has become ‘infected’ and has fallen in love, thus must flee and live as a refugee. Those ‘cured’ are detached from passion, but also from sympathy. She hooks up with one of the leaders of the opposition, which is called DFA or Delirium Free America. A survival story, until a surprise ending tells the reader a third book is next and a love triangle is now front and center.
This is a great sequel. Lena becomes such a stronger and take-charge person in this book. The romance in this book is also amazing and you get to see more of rebelliousness in this book. There is always action and has so twists. I loved it!