Welcome to a society where a procedure will solve all of your problems….

book-delirium Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

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Delirium: Lena has been eagerly awaiting her cure for the deliria. Everyone knows how dangerous love can be, so scientists have found a cure and the government requires that all citizens receive it when they turn 18. Lena only has 95 days until her treatment, but then she does the unthinkable…..falls in love.

Uglies: Tally cannot wait till she turns 16 and receives her operation that will make her pretty. Tally’s friend Shay doesn’t want any part of the operation, she would rather be free than a “mindless pretty”. When Shay runs away, the doctors offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all.

Lena: Lena thought she knew what she wanted in life, the safe and predictable life that she was guaranteed to have after the cure. She is a loyal friend who gets mixed up in another side of her world that she never knew existed. She uses the evidence around her to make her own decisions and find the truth instead of just relying on the word of the government.

Tally: Tally just wanted to have her operation, turn pretty and live a happy life. She finds out that her world and the operation are not what they seem to be. Although she is not seeking the truth, Tally is bombarded with it after facing a tough decision.

Overall, I enjoyed Delirium more than Uglies. Although this was a tough choice, I was more interested in finding out how Lena’s adventure continues more than Tally’s.  I believe that Lena is a stronger character and I was rooting for her throughout the entire book!

Bottom Line: It was such a hard choice, I would have to recommend just reading them both 🙂

Both books also have sequels, so there is more reading to be done!

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

I was searching for the perfect book and thanks to a new friend at the library I found it!  The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan is a great story that has it all; friends, family, love, plus secrets and the stress of living in a world that is coming undone.

Mary lives in an isolated village surrounded by fences in a deep dark forest inhabited by flesh-hungry corpses.  As far as she knows, they are the only people in the world! When Mary was young her mother told stories about the ocean and the world outside the fences.  Mary loved those stories and as she grew older she felt a need to see the ocean her mother so loved.  This would mean leaving her village, friends and loved ones for a world she has never seen.  She would have to enter The Forest of Hands and Teeth.

When the village is attacked by the Unconsecrated Mary has no choice. She must enter the Forest that she has been taught to fear by the Sisterhood without the protection of the Guardians. Does the Forest go on forever?  Are there other people in the world? If not what happened to them and how did the Unconsecrated come to be?

I listened to this book on CD and enjoyed the reading by Vane Millon.  The second book in this series, The Dead Tossed Waves is already on my reading list!

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Character Summaries:

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