I think I’m the last person on this planet to read this series. Finally did it and loved it!
In this dystopian world, love is considered a disease. Love weakens people’s senses, it drives them mad (look, what happened to Romeo and Juliette because of love). In order to protect its people, the government invents the cure they are injecting to every boy and girl who reach eighteen years old. This cure is supposed to erase every emotion and feeling that you have when you are in love. Next, they find to those boys and girls a match according to their data, personality, school grades, etc. and from now on, they must live this safe, secure and happy life.
Lena is a teenager, in few weeks she would go through the curing procedure. She believes this is the best way to keep your sanity and live a normal life. She witnessed what love can do to people. Her mother was in love and she could not be cured. She went crazy, she could not live without love, and one day she could not do it anymore and killed herself. Lena swore she would never become like her mother. She would never abandon her children like her mother did. The procedure is soon and she will be safe. That was Lena believed until she met Alex. The boy that changed everything and showed her that love is the only thing worth living for. Love does not make people mad and it makes people alive and free.
I liked this book, first because the world was built very good. It was understandable why this kind of society would be able to exist and why would people want to follow the rules. Everyone would want to protect themselves and their children from the heartbreak. The government did a good job brainwashing the people by removing all literature about love and keeping only those that have a tragic twist to them. As I was mentioning Romeo and Juliette, their story sets an example for what love can do to people and how terrible it can end. Therefore, the people are so devoted to the system that they don’t bother to look around and realize what’s going on outside the city walls. Lena was exactly like this until she finds the clues about the things that the government is hiding in order to maintain the system and the truth about her mother madness.
Secondly, I liked the relationship between Lena and Alex. It was not too cheesy as it can be in YA novels. They became friends first, and Lena could see and learn what life and love are really about.
I read the sequel Pandemonium too, but it never hooked me as much as the first book.