SOOOO not what I was expecting, in a good way!
I love GOOD surprises!
4.0 Oliver stars!
About the Book
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?
You know, I thought I was finally getting tired of YA dystopians. 🙂
I know. I know. I’m late for the party! I know most people already got tired of them! I’m like that! I late bloomer. 🙂
I don’t even remember why I read it! I think it was because I REALLY liked Before I Fall, and I wanted to read another book by Oliver, and this one has SO MANY good reviews, and saw the hardcover was on sale, and then I it was finally my turn in the extremely loooog waiting list at the library, soooo… I HAD to read it! 🙂
And even though dystopian may not have the luster they used to have, this book was GOOD!
I was thinking I was going to be super bored with a YA book about love being forbidden, but holy shhhh, Oliver can write! She is, hands down one, of my favorite writers now!
The few instances I stepped out of this “omg I love Lauren so much” bubble I realized there is really nothing awesome about the plot, world or characterization. It’s a dystopian world where the ability to feel emotions is surgically suppressed from people, AND there are some rebels that refused to comply, AND there is a resistance, and there is a rebellion, AND Lena’s character arc just follows the formula. She goes from compliant to rebel…. AND all that has been done before. AND it’s written in is first person POV, which I don’t particular enjoy…
BUT, Man, the writing is so PHENOMENAL that really… Who cares???
There Is NOTHING “YA” in the way Lauren writes! She is definitely a seasoned storyteller! The way she wrote about effects of “love” on individuals and society surprised me because I was expecting a romance book. There is some romance but It was more about people not being able to connect with each other, and care for each other. It was more about a society where empathy is nonexistent and mostly about friendship and family ties. And all told in a very very entertaining way. So, all the good reviews are well deserved!
So, if you are a late bloomer like me, and haven’t reach your quota of YA dystopians… give this one a try!
Lauren takes you deep, deep, deep into the Lane’s mind. So even though Lane is kind of lame [it rhymes!] it does feel like a decent characterization because you get to know A LOT about Lane. You see the world through her and the imagery with which she describes is a reflection of her memories, experiences, feelings, ideas, thoughts is one of the best I have ever read!
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What about you? have you read Oliver?
Do you love her writing as much as I do?
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