If you've never heard of Net Galley, you should most definitely check them out. I created a profile several weeks ago, and requested a galley e-copy of Delirium today. A couple of hours later I received and e-mail in my inbox saying that I had been approved for the copy! I've never read a book on the compture before, but I've read several reviews of this book, and the cover is very intriguing. I can't wait to read this! As with all the books I'll be reading/reviewing...here is my first/last impression of this book. (To find out why I do first/last impressions click here!)
By: Lauren Oliver
Published by: Harper-Collins
Release Date: February 1st, 2011
First Paragraph: (*There's a quote before)
The most dangerous sickness are those that make us believe we are well.
-Proverb 42, The Book of Shhh.
It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure. Everyone else in my family has had the procedure already. My older sister, Rachel, has been disease free for nine years now. She's been safe from love for so long, she says she can't even remember its symptoms. I'm scheduled to have my procedure in exactly ninety-five days, on September 3. My birthday.
Already I'm confused, but hopeful that with the more that I read on, the more I'll be immersed into this futuristic society. It looks like it takes place in the future, somewhere that has a different government in place. I like how it says that love is a disease and they cured it! That tickles me to my core. I would think that the Book of Shhh is maybe their religious text? My main concern with a book like this, even after reading the main line, is Will the author be able to immerse me into her/his society? Also, it seems like just with the way it's started out, that there is going to be a lot of either math or science in this book. I'm hoping that I won't get too confused or that there isn't as much as I'm expecting...Either way, I'm intrigued to read on and find out more, hopefully the author will be able to answer my questions in full.
Last Paragraph (don't highlight if you don't want to know!!):
But I have a secret. You can build walls all the way down to the sky and I will find a way to fly above them. You can try to pin me down with a hundred thousand arms, but I will find a way to resist. And there are many of us out there, more than you think. People who refuse to stop believing. People who refuse to come to earth. People who love in a world without walls, people who love into hate, into refusal, against hope, and without fear. I love you. Remember. They cannot take it.
Wow. I have no idea what this book is about, but that is one powerful ending paragraph. I know at the end of this book, I am going to feel great. (As long as the rest of the book is as powerful as this. Haha) Just the way she's ended it, tied it altogether...I love the last line. The way she writes, where she'll write one word and then end it with a period. It adds an emphasis that normally wouldn't have been there. I am definitely reading this book.
Although, can you call an e-copy a book? If you can't smell the pages or feel it in your hands?