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4/23/2014 6:00:00 AM
THE BOOKSHELF: Young adult book installation at library
Lena, and her best friend, Hana, live in a guarded community that is closed to the outside world. Guards and vigilantes keep everything under control. There is no mingling between the sexes before age 18.
Lena, and her best friend, Hana, live in a guarded community that is closed to the outside world. Guards and vigilantes keep everything under control. There is no mingling between the sexes before age 18.
Rosita Smith
Palo Verde District Library

BLYTHE, Calif. - "They say that the cure for love will make me happy and safe forever: and I've always believed them. Until now. Now everything has changed. Now I'd rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than to live a hundred years smothered by a lie." Lena.

Lena, and her best friend, Hana, live in a guarded community that is closed to the outside world. Guards and vigilantes keep everything under control. There is no mingling between the sexes before age 18. Eighteen - the magic age - is when everyone gets the procedure - the operation that is told will make people happy for the rest of life; the operation that will cure all care and want; the operation that will vaccinate people from the terrible disease of Amor Detiria Nervosa.

When Lena went to sign up for her procedure date she spied a boy who was watching her - the first boy who had ever paid any attention to her. Alex shared his days with Lena, but always stayed out of sight because he was not one of "them" and if he were caught the penalty would be death. Alex shared experiences of the outside world with Lena, and Lena came to realize that there was a whole wide world outside her compound, a world that was not restricted in scope and based on fear.

As Lena's procedure date drew closer and closer, Lena became more and more determined to flee the compound with the help of Alex. She made it. Alex did not.

Delirium is the first book in a three-book set.

Lauren Oliver's lilting prose is a joy to read. You can picture a dozen or so tiny windows - like the multiple staring eyes of spiders scattered across the house's stone façade.

Delirium is shelved in the young adult fiction section under Olive.

The Palo Verde Valley Library sits on the corner of Broadway and Chanslorway in Blythe.

Library hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


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