Revue de presse
In [Oliver's] dystopian America, love has been outlawed as the life-threatening source of all discord. Citizens submit at the age of 18 to a neurological procedure that cures them of amor deliria nervosa, the chief symptoms of which are passionate feelings about anything. As Lena, the soon-to-be-18 narrator, approaches the date of her procedure with trepidation and relief, she meets Alex, a boy who inspires feelings that upend everything she has believed about her community and herself. Lena's gradual awakening is set against a convincing backdrop of totalitarian horror. The abrupt ending leaves enough unanswered questions to set breathless readers up for volume two of this trilogy. --Kirkus Reviews
Oliver's follow-up to her smash debut, Before I Fall (2010), is another deft blend of realism and fantasy. The hook is irresistible: it's the near future, a time when love has long since been identified as a disease called amor deliria nervosa, and 17-year-old Lena is 95 days away from the operation that everyone gets to cure themselves...the book never loses its A Clockwork Orange-style bite regarding safety versus choice. --Booklist
Oliver's deeply emotional and incredibly well-honed prose commands the readers attention and captures their hearts. With a pulse-pounding tempo and unforeseen twists and turns, Lauren Oliver has opened the door on a fantastic new series; the second book can't come soon enough. --New York Journal of Books
Présentation de l'éditeur
A stunning novel, set in an alternate present in Portland, Maine.
Love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure, in Lauren Oliver's stunning second novel, DELIRIUM. Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She will be evaluated by the government, which will choose her husband for her. But then she meets Alex, a boy from the Wilds who is living under the government's radar, and she falls in love, threatening both their lives.
In this world, affection is prohibited. Touching and hugging are suspicious behaviors, even among family members. But despite government obtrusiveness, people find ways to connect and to be together. Hana finds like-minded people through embedded links on websites. And after meeting Alex, Lena understands that an emotional connection to another person is something she's always been missing--and now it's something she won't live without.