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Monday, June 27, 2011

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium (Delirium, #1)Delirium by Lauren Oliver

"Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love."

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really loved Delirium. It's a pretty dark read with the idea of people killing themselves over their loved ones before the dreaded operation. There are plenty of plot twists and the characters are beautiful. You could almost consider Delirium a modern day Romeo and Juliet because of the deep love Alex and Lena have and everything they go through to hold on to each other. The idea of love as a disease is amazing, and it definitely made me appreciate my loved ones a lot more. I can't wait for the next one :)

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Extras by Scott Westerfeld

Extras (Uglies, #4)Extras by Scott Westerfeld

"The world has become a different place since Tally Youngblood upset the Uglies, Pretties, Specials applecart. What it's like? Well, visualize an all-day, everyday version of American Idol, where everybody's a contestant and there are cameras everywhere. In this constant competition, teenager Aya Fuse ranks as a nobody; 451,369 to be exact. Of course, such obscurity has its small rewards, all of which have now become endangered by her friendship with the Sly Girls. Another futuristic thriller by Uglies trilogy author Scott Westerfeld."

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I definitely liked Extras, but I'm not sure if I liked it as much as the others, or if I liked it as sort of a separate story. The lack of Tally sort of annoys me, she is, after all, the character that makes you fall in love with Uglies in the first place. Aya, however, is a pretty strong character, although a little confused about where her place in society should be. She's so obsessed with fame, she loses focus of the more important things in life. The romance is cute, the story is exciting, but the ending is sort of weird.

I'm not sure Extras was really necessary as part of the Uglies series, but was sort of an add on or an afterthought. Overall, I liked it, but it wasn't my favorite.

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