In this novel, Lena is seventeen and is looking forward to the day she turns 18, although not for the usual reasons a teen is excited to turn 18. In this newly improved United States, when teens turn 18, they are given the cure.
Scientists researched and researched to end the cycle of hate, murder, and war and, in doing so, found one common connection between them all: love. Love has been deemed a disease, which needs to be cured by the time a teen enters adulthood. The cure is a medical procedure in which doctors enter the brain and remove parts of the brain where emotions associated with love are stored. The cure allows people to live emotion free, providing a false since of calm and happiness.
Lena is looking forward to the day she gets the cure. She's been preparing for it her whole life. She understands that love ruins everything and that the cure is the only way to achieve happiness. Then, she mets Alex, and everything changes.
I'm an avid reader. One thing I've learned in my many years on this Earth is that no matter what is happening in your life, you can always benefit from temporarily escaping life in order to become absorbed in a make believe story.