by Lauren Oliver
Lena remembers her mother distinctly, even though she was a just a child when her mother jumped to her death. She remembers the dancing. She remembers the singing. She remembers the hugging. And she remembers her mother's final words, "I love you. Remember. They cannot take it."
Now Lena is looking forward to the day when they will take it. When the government will perform the procedure that will take away her fear, her doubts, her pain, her memories, and her love. Because in Lena's world, love is a diagnosable disease. Deliria nervosa.
It's the reason the world got so bad. It's the reason for hate and war. It's the reason for jealousy and envy. And it's now curable. A simple procedure and it's all gone. The day she turns eighteen, Lena will be free.
And then she meets Alex...
Final thoughts: Dystopian novels can really drag a person down. This one is yet another great one like The Hunger Games, Divergent, Across the Universe, and Matched, but it's the first in another trilogy and it's a cliffhanger. It's a GOOD cliffhanger... but it's a cliffhanger nonetheless. I love Lena and her path of self-discovery. I love Hana and her zest for life. Most of all I love Alex and his bravery. I can't wait for the next one, but I have to because 1) it's not out for a while and 2) this one just drained me completely.