Lena lives in a World where love is a disease also known as Amor Deliria Nervosa. The government has brainwashed the public to believe that love not only causes sleep disturbances, changes in appetite, erratic behavior among other things, but it can ultimately lead to death. Plus, it is illegal. There is a cure though While this cure presents risks of it's own, it eliminates the disease. Lena was anxiously counting down the days until her procedure so she didn't have to worry about contracting this disease. Then she met Alex.
This is another one of those books that I thoroughly enjoyed right up until the ending. I'll admit, it did have moments where it dragged a little, but for the most part it gripped my attention. The people are required to have a procedure that removes their ability to love once they turn 18. Most do it by choice. This means they don't love anything. Not even their spouses, children, or pets. They just go through life in a fog, with their biggest emotion being fear. The strict government has brainwashed them so heavily on the deadly dangers of love that this fear rules their lives. The main characters were well developed and believable. Lena and Hana's friendship compliments each other. Alex is a wonderful, strong character who you fall for as the story unfolds. There is an innocence to the romance. It was an emotional read on many levels. I felt like I became a part of Lena's world, and there were moments that brought me to tears as well as moments we can relate to in our own lives. I had a hard time deciding what to rate this book as I really enjoyed the story, but I was so darn disappointed with the ending, and that makes or breaks a book for me. With that being said, this is the first book in the series, and I really think it will make up for it in the coming books. So, will I read Pandemonium, the second book in the series? Most definitely.
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