First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
- Finally… reveal the book!
I’m so late in posting this, aaah! I totally missed last week because I was busy, and then almost missed this week. I need to get better about scheduling these things.
“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.”
Interested? Keep reading to find out which book this is from.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
What it’s about:
In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn’t about to make the same mistake.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the “Wilds” who lives under the government’s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?
I actually listened to the audiobook of this about two years ago because my library didn’t have a physical copy, but I liked it so much I started buying the trilogy. I really didn’t expect to enjoy it very much, but it wasn’t really what I expected. I think the concept of love as a disease being the basis for a dystopian trilogy was unique, which was a nice change from the usual YA dystopians I read. I love those, too, but sometimes I need something different.
(Also, Sara Drew as the narrator was pretty great. I think she was the reason I started listening to more audiobooks, because the few I’d tried before this one had narration I didn’t like.)