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Erlanger Branch YA OLIVE L (Text) 33126021081215 YA Fiction Available -
Wm. E. Durr Branch YA OLIVE L (Text) 33126012106005 YA Fiction Checked out 10/24/2020

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  • ISBN: 9780061726828 (trade bdg.)
  • ISBN: 0061726826 (trade bdg.) :
  • Physical Description: print
    441 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2011.

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Summary, etc.: Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.
Subject: Love Fiction
Government, Resistance to Fiction
Family life Fiction
Orphans Fiction
Genre: Science fiction

  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2011 April

    Gr 8 Up—In this gripping dystopian novel set in a future Portland, ME, everyone is safe, unhappiness can be cured, and the freedoms we take for granted have been relinquished in the name of "security" and "the common good." There is no risk and no pain, or at least there won't be for 17-year-old Lena Haloway and her outspoken friend, Hana, once they turn 18. They will then be eligible, in fact forced, to undergo the procedure that will render them impervious to delirium—the disease that was formerly known as love. You can see, of course, right where this is headed, but the ride is well worthwhile. Lena is an engaging and believable protagonist, at first compliant, then questioning, and finally desperate to save herself and the irrepressible emotions blooming within her. Her journey to understanding is both painful and exhilarating as she meets free-spirited Alex, succumbs to delirium, and wrestles with the social code she's been taught so well. Ultimately, Lena gets a shocking glimpse into the world outside the city's borders and witnesses the barbaric underpinnings of the "safe" world in which she has lived. Especially heartbreaking is her discovery of the fate of her mother, who was unable to stop loving her husband and daughters and paid a terrible price for her transgression. On the other hand, Lena's caring but numbed-out aunt and her scrupulously compliant older sister make clear the consequences of obedience to tyranny. Strong characters, a vivid portrait of the lives of teens in a repressive society, and nagging questions that can be applied to our world today make this book especially compelling and discussable.—Carolyn Lehman, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

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