Remember Delirium by Lauren Oliver? It starts: “It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure”. It’s the story about Lena who has always looked forward to the day (as close as possible to her eighteenth birthday) when she will have the procedure to remove love [also known as Amor deliria nervosa] and live life without pain, safe, measured, predictable and happy. Then, one day she meets Alex and guess what happens…..?
It’s a dangerous escape story, involving a community that prevents it’s inhabitants from escaping into “the wilds” beyond the city by feeding them lies and controlling them with guards.
I’ve just read The Killables by Gemma Malley. Evil has been eradicated in the city. “ The City was where Evie lived, where everyone lived – everyone who was good, anyway. Its high walls protected them from the Evils who scavenged outside, who wanted to kill them all and fill the world with terror, just as they had before”. Citizens from the outside may only enter after having the ‘evil’ part of their brain [the amygdala] removed. The Brother controls the city and everyone is given a label A, B, C, D or K. Raffy has always been Evie’s friend, but is he “ a K just waiting to happen”? And if he leaves the city, should she go with him? What about the Evils?
These are two great stories with many elements in common. Perhaps Delirium is an easier read, but only because Gemma Malley takes time to explain the “system”, and how it works, rather than rushing, breathlessly into the story.
See what you think?