Lena is a teen who lives in Portland. In the book, love is a deadly disease, and people must be cured, or else they will be infected and die. At the beginning of the book, Lena follows all the rules and doesn't think twice. Towards the end of the book, she becomes "infected", and falls in love with a boy named Alex. She is brave and stubborn and will do anything to get her way.
"I've never touched a boy, of course- physical contact between uncureds of opposite sex is forbidden.
The government punishes anyone who loves or sympathizes for others. They are the ones who declared that love is a disease and work against Lena throughout the entire book. The government is mean, and ruthless.
"This is important, Lena. Possibly the most important day of your whole life."
I think the theme message of the book is that other people are going to have their own opinions and try to force them on you, but as long as you do what you believe in, things will turn out fine. This is the theme because everyone was trying to make Lena believe that loving was wrong, but she followed her heart and had a better time than anyone else.
"Then he does the absolutely, positively, unthinkable. He winks at me.
When Lena explains how she has never touched a boy before it helps to develop the setting that she is living in, where even touching a boy could have you exiled or killed.
Lena's aunt is lecturing her for the 5th time that day, adn Lena is starting not to care. This foreshadows to Lena not doing good on her evaluation or getting nervous, due to her lack cof caring/practicing.
Ya I know
Lena this is important!
Whe Lena is doing her evauluations, the "invalids" release a heard of cows and ruind everything. Alex sees lena for the first time, adn winks. The reaction the Lena gives heps to set the mood of the next few chapters. She can't stop thinking about Alex winking at her, and can't forget him.