Delirium by Lauren Oliver
middle school & up
Love is illegal. Soon after your 18th birthday each citizen is inoculated against the sickness of love called amor deliria nervosa. Lena is eagerly looking forward to her cure but nervous about the evaluation first. At her evaluation, a group of "resisters" break into the labs and release a herd of cattle. During the chaos she spots a guard just standing around laughing. So she's extremely confused when she spots the guy again at an illegal party. As they slowly get to know one another, she finds out his secret: he has never been cured.
I've been wanting to read this for awhile. I like the title and the cover is pretty. (Yes, I do judge books by their covers.) This story is a perfect example of the dystopian genre: 1- government outlaws something. 2- main character is fine with the government restrictions. 3- until he/she meets someone who defies the government. 4- MC comes to realize the government in wrong. 5- both try to find a way to be together outside of government control.
I liked all the main characters; my favorite was Gracie even though she barely said a word and was mostly uninvolved in all the action. At the beginning of each chapter is a snippet from one of the government's informative books on the dangers of love. I like that because it gives insight into the culture that all the characters are a part of.