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Delirium

by Lauren Oliver

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | January 30, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Delirium is rated 4.5227 out of 5 by 44.

They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever. And I''ve always believed them. Until now. Now everything has changed. Now, I''d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8 × 5.4 × 1.2 in

Published: January 30, 2012

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0061726834

ISBN - 13: 9780061726835

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Series! I honestly can't believe I waited this long to read this book! It is an amazing story, and a nice fast read. Lauren Oliver sucks you in from the very beginning. What I really love is that this is a story that is all about the characters and there is not a lot of action happening in it, but that's what made it amazing. The plot line of the story is also very unique which makes it that much better! I love reading about the characters growing throughout the novel. Lena begins to understand more and becomes able to make her own decisions. I also enjoy that Lena does not automatically fall for Alex, she tries to fight throughout most of the novel because of what she was taught, and she is such a strong character. I also love her relationship with Hana, it is the epitome of friendships. Two complete opposites that just help each other (Hana definitely brings out the more fun side of Lena). I fell in love with Alex as soon as he was introduced. He is absolutely swoonworthy that you are just automatically drawn to him. The moment he was introduced I was like "YES, I want him." He is the perfect male lead for a book. There are so many of his lines that I absolutely love, the best one telling Lena when he first saw her running. Lauren Oliver's writing style is amazing and she knows how to get inside her characters minds (I love being able to feel what the characters feel while reading). Lauren Oliver creates a new and interesting society in DELIRIUM, she introduces everyone and everything around her and does not leave too many questions lingering in the reader's mind. The ending was amazing and definitely brings you back for more!
Date published: 2013-10-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but wanted more Lena lives in a world where love is considered a disease and the government has worked hard to find a cure. Lena's been the good girl all her life, waiting and preparing for the day when she'll be cured. With less than a hundred days to go until she can receive her cure, she meets a boy named Alex and everything changes. I was a little hesitant going into this book even though I've been told by a lot of people that it's a good series. It ended up being a decent read but not one where I felt the need to call up a book friend and tell them they absolutely had to read this book right now. The characters, I found the main girl Lena a little annoying at times with her parroting her anti-love learnings, mostly because she shows she has the ability to think for herself but just doesn't. She comes across as close-minded and judgemental until Alex enters the picture, then the change in her seems a little too fast. Alex, I don't feel like there was enough of him. It took a while for him to really have a presence and then the book was over. It would have been interesting to see things from his POV. Hana, the best friend, was someone I found interesting. A lot more rebellious than Lena from a much more influential family, she really cared about Lena and it was a lot of fun to read scenes with her in them. The world-building, some parts I did enjoy. I liked how the author thought how much a person would change once 'cured' from love, not just with romantic relationships, but all types of love, that the procedure wasn't perfect for everyone, and that a lot of activities that caused happiness were banned. But I also had a lot of issues with the world. The government closed the US borders and city borders to keep out the uncureds and there is some downsides shown, like scheduled power outages and only the rich having cars, but it didn't seem like there was enough consequences. The writing style was something I did really enjoyed. Calling love 'Amor Deliria Nervosa' as if it really was a disease, the nursery rhymes, the book of Shhh, anti-love schooling, it showed the author put a lot of thought into how an anti-love society would operate. There were some continuity errors, nothing major, but they were there. Also, the beginning was pretty slow-paced and then when the action started picking up, it seemed almost too fast. It is an interesting concept and one I plan to follow through the rest of the trilogy.
Date published: 2013-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You Just HAVE To Read This Book! What would the world be like if it was decreed that Love was a disease? And that desire and attraction were against the law? That's the world that Lena Haloway lives in. At age eighteen, everyone is given a procedure called "The Cure". It's a risky operation that disconnects the brain's ability to love and prevents infection to "amor deliria nervosa". Lena has never known any other world and she has always looked forward to the day that she would have her procedure and be paired with her future husband. That's what everyone does and that's what is required by law. Lena never questioned her destiny. Until now. I truly loved this book. Lauren Oliver has the most beautiful way with words. I simply could not stop reading! She has created a world that could exist in the present day. Her characters are strong, smart, and believable. Lena is a perfect combination of strength and compassion. She is just an average girl who is thrust into some very extraordinary circumstances. The supporting cast is every bit as interesting and complex as Lena and the dystopian world in which they inhabit. Lena's best friend, Hana, is privileged and carefree, yet she's a humble person who helps Lena to see the possibility of an alternative to the desensitizing "Cure" and helps her come out of her shell, inevitably transforming herself. The introduction of Alex, a sexy love interest, and the relationship that develops between him and Lena, causes Lena to question whether or not she still believes in the "Cure" and what, if anything, she could do to avoid it. I'm very happy that I waited to read Delirium until Lauren Oliver had finished the series because I would not have been able to wait for each subsequent book. It's just that good! Delirium has a perfect balance of action, romance, and drama and kept me reading until the wee hours of the night. This book and the series is not to be ignored. A definite must read!
Date published: 2013-03-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from There are the fans, and then there is the critic... I kept an open mind while reading Lauren Oliver's "Delerium" novel. The novel was a creative dystopian love story. Unfortunately, the novel had painfully slow chapters which caused me to leave the novel for weeks. Alex and Lena are sweet. There were events in this novel that fans of the trilogy will anticipate. I enjoyed the conclusion, because it did not leave a cliffhanger.
Date published: 2013-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Truly Amazing! 4.5 stars I cannot describe this book. Its fantastic, touching, emotional and beautiful. I absolutely love this book! Delirium may start off slow for some people, but immediately picks up when we're introduced to Alex. There's just something mysterious about him, readers right away want to know more about him. From this moment on, I was hooked. The characters are well thought out and descriptive. You can completely connect with Lena, in a way that you feel like you know her, and what shes going to do next. Shes relatable and a great fit for this book. I did also like Alex, although I think we dont know a lot about him. I would've liked to get to know him and his personality more. Sometimes i hate when characters dont know what to do, and feel, for example, happy yet sad, at the same time. I know it makes them much more realistic, but its normally the way the author writes it that frustrates me. This is not one of those books. Lena is torn between the boy she loves and what she has been told all her life is the right thing to do. The confusion she feels is realistic, unlike so many other books. It makes her much more real. Oliver did a fantastic job describing everything, and the way she describes Lena and her feelings is astounding. She really makes readers feel like they're in Lenas shoes, you literally cant get any closer to her. The way she contradicts herself is the way people do in their own lives. Its remarkable how much Lena can be thought of as a real person, and readers will agree with me when i say i can picture her in my own life. Sometimes I wish this book has a more steady pace; Oliver does go day-to-day, then may skip to showing what happens over the span of two weeks. Its just a minor flaw, but still bothers me. I do think that Alex's and Lena's relationship develops a bit too fast for my liking. It feels like a big rush, and Oliver could've takes her time with the growth of the relationship. Again, this is only minor, something that doesnt really overall change my opinion about Delirium. Yes, there are faults, its not perfect, but its a solid, strong book. I absolutely love the ending. It leaves readers wanting more. Its heartfelt and touching and so deep the last few pages made me cry my eyes out. This COULD be concidered 'Hunger Games Material', or whatever people say these days. But its high on my list, also with Divergent. The delivery is amazing, the emotions and feelings Lena shares is so remarkable, the characters are all well developed, Alex is really great, the plot and concept is FANTASTIC, and the writing is superb. Delirium is beautiful. It shows the thrill and beauty of being young and (kind of) free and in love, and how just one person can change so much.
Date published: 2013-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Writing, Great Story I loved this book and I loved Oliver's writing. Delerium is a dystopian novel where they've cured the disease of love and everyone is compliant and complacent and there is very little conflict or crime. You get the operation when you turn 18, typically. Lena, who has looked forward to receiving the cure her whole life, falls in love a couple of months before she is to receive the cure. She also battles the demons of her family's shame: her mother's suicide, an uncle who ran away... Like I said, Oliver's writing is amazing. At times, it is even poetic. I loved simply reading the sentences she put together. The characters are well rounded and engaging. I could feel for Lena and the dilemma she was facing - going with what she has been brought up to believe and what her family, government and society expect from her, or to follow her heart. It's an age old dilemma but spotlighted in a dystopian future. The other characters where great too. Hana, Lena's best friend, was a perfect foil. Their friendship evolved and changed, which felt realistic. Then there was Alex. The romance between Lena and Alex was nice and I appreciated how conflicted Lena was about the whole thing. Then, there was the ending. I won't say anything to spoil it, but I loved that it was unexpected. I will definitely be reading the next one in this series, along with everything else by Oliver that I can get my hands on.
Date published: 2013-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A heartbreaking and harrowing tale of love....as a horrific disease! Set in a version of the United States where the borders are closed to the rest of the world to control the spread of the deadly and rampant Amor deliria nervosa - aka 'love'. Strict curfews, guards and a religious government control every aspect of a teenager's life to prevent a resurgence of this disease and in return citizens live long, "healthy" and conflict free lives. The story follows Lena, months away from the procedure that'll prevent this devastating illness that has cast a dark shadow over her entire life - but then someone unexpected happens, and soon she finds herself torn between her perfect life and the truth...or is it just Amor deliria nervosa taking root? There was so much hype for each of the books released that I just knew I had to read this book, but at 411 pages it seemed quite daunting. So knowing I'd be spending a lot of time on the beach in Mexico I figured it'd be a perfect companion. I ended up finishing this book in a couple of sittings, it was absolutely engrossing! The beginning of the chapters contain a little snippet with a bit of the history of this alternate world, or facts about their society and the disease. Oliver considers every tiny detail and builds this intricate culture and an incredibly realistic disease. When I was reading the descriptions of the disease I'd end up stopping to think and compare my own life experiences with love to the checklist (I've definitely got it bad....) and marveling at the conviction of the government to control this disease. Lena, the main character was surprisingly complex and multifaceted. On one hand she had absolute confidence in her elders, and that the path she's set on is the right one. While she regurgitates all the right answers, and does as she's told there's this wonderful rebellious spark to her that pops out unexpectedly! I loved watching her evolution from this reserved law abiding citizen, to someone who craved life and love and would do anything for it. Alex - love interest extraordinaire and just full of surprises! He's hardworking, devoted and risks everything for even the slightest chance at love. With a painful past, and full of secrets I was definitely as intrigued as Lena about this boy! While it took me a little bit of time to get used to the rigid style of writing that occurs in the beginning, I quickly realized that like Lena, there was a bold divide where the writing takes on the excitement and passion that the characters go through. It works wonders for contrasting the strictness of the city to the wild abandon of The Wilds! Oliver takes these two on a whirlwind romance of summer lovin'. But as Lena learns more about a whole other world she was completely ignorant about, the more her own world starts to crumble as her deadline for the treatment quickly approaches. Oliver had me so captivated by the characters, and the tense situations they were in that I never even saw the major reveals and twists! Also...THAT ENDING! OH MY THAT ENDING! Oliver's writing is marvelously paced in a twisted world where love is a debilitating disease and with characters that live like there's no tomorrow. Go read it if you haven't already!!
Date published: 2013-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read! The idea that love is a disease that needs to be cured was a great plot for a dystopian book. It had elements that reminded my of Lowis Lowry's "The Giver", which is one of my favourite books. Imagine not being aloud to love, and yet finding yourself rebelling against your entire society against your better judgement. Delirium is a great read if you enjoy dystopian YA books like the Hunger Games and Divergent.
Date published: 2013-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Dystopian Romance!! I tend to enjoy dystopian novels, so when I came across this one I decided to give it a try. I was under the impression Delirium was more targeted for teens so I was skeptical on the quality of the writing. It turned out to be beautifully written, a job well done by Lauren Oliver! I became very attached to Lena, and was charmed by Alex. Two great character combinations! For me, the thought of a world where love is illegal seems outrageous and it is almost impossible to imagine. At certain points in the novel, I experienced many different feelings, it's ridiculous! Some parts made me angry, frustrated, sad and relieved all at once, talk about a thrill ride! This book also brought out my rebellious streak as well, something I haven't experienced since I was a teen. In the end, I loved how Lena fought for what she believed in. She was definitely a character I could relate to as I am certain if I was in her situation, I would have fought just as hard. Never let anyone take away your ability to love, feel, and truly LIVE! Looking forward to Pandemonium :)
Date published: 2012-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I picked this up because I saw bloggers posting about Pandemonium, so I decided to read the first book. I'm so glad I did because Delirium was such an intriguing book, I couldn't put it down. The whole concept of it is just interesting: a world where love is a disease, and the cure is taking out the part of you that loves. Before each chapter, there is a quote about why love is a disease, which really helps guide as along the process of their brainwashing. At 18, people will be "cured" and happy for the rest of their lives because they won't have love anymore. The government basically chooses their life by matching them with someone and telling them how many children to have. All hopes of an actual family relationship is gone. But the whole dystopian U.S.A believed that love was a disease, and truly believed that the only way to live happy was to get cured. Everyone except for the Invalids. They're the ones who live in the Wilds, the ones who are against the government, ones who believe in love. And with only months before her procedure to cure herself, Lena falls in love with an Invalid. All the characters here are easy to like or hate because of the way they're written about. However, some characters that I dislike can be forgiven since they have been brainwashed. At first Lena was that girl who tried to do everything right, and abide by all the rules. But by the end, she broke pretty much every rule there was, and I love watching her change throughout the book. How everything she learned as a child was blown up in front of her, and how she had to handle that the government lied to them. I really liked Hana because she was sort of just, always there. Even when they weren't at the best terms with each other, she was always at the back of my mind. Alex was gorgeous just like most YA books describe them. The way he cared about Lena was nothing different, but what he did for her at the end of the book was different, and showed how much he cared about her. Most YA books just have the guys all high and mighty, but Alex listened to Lena, and never did he once judge her. I understand how love is a disease though. Sometimes people get hurt because they love someone so much. But love is what really keeps people together, and what helps people to push forward. And even if it is painful sometimes, the "cure" isn't to remove it. Delirium was predictable in some ways, but totally surprising in others. There were moments where it was like a movie, where I wanted to close my eyes because I didn't want to watch them get in trouble. I love how most books are about falling in love and what not, but this one is about falling in love, but also how without love, many things can fall apart. It's hard to put into words how good the books was and how much I loved it, but you should read this if you like YA dystopians.
Date published: 2012-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A tale of a lifetime "I'd rather die on my own terms then live on theirs" - Lena This book was amazing, I cannot believe what a rollercoaster it was!. I felt like I was taken on an emotional trip of a life time. I could not imagine if it was real... if love was a disease to be cured and not something we hold dearly in this world. The author made it so real and so raw that I laughed and cried and felt pretty drained once I finished it, which is how a book should make you feel. I will read anything and everything from Lauren Oliver and will re-read this book in the near future. If people enjoy this I think you would really like her one of her other novels, Before I fall and a book called "The Godess Test" which is also an amazing love story!
Date published: 2012-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good! So this book wasnt all that bad. it had really good suspense in it but in the beginning i wanted to throw the book at the wall because nothing was happening! the beginning i felt was very slow and it took me awhile to get into it and fall in love with the book. eventually, near the end i started to love lena and alex very much but it did take a while. if you dont like books with long, boring intros this isnt for you but if you can wait for the good stuff then give this book a shot! i liked it! :)
Date published: 2012-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Thrill Ride. I have no idea why it took me so long to read this. It has everything I love: dystopia, a good romance, and a great main character. But I put it off, and I put it off. Finally I decided to dive in. I'm glad I did. At first, I was a little uncomfortable with the world of Delirium. Let me explain. A world without love? A world where it's viewed as a disease? I can see why but it still makes my stomach turn. It's baffling to think of a world without it. What about all the music, all the books, the movies, the television shows? Love is a big part of the world, an integral part, and to have that gone? "Cured"? It's insane. Inhumane. Wrong. But that's the world of Delirium. And people seem happy with it; to walk around as living zombies with veils over their eyes. They live in a fog. They don't even love their children. When they scrape their knees, they don't ask them if they're alright and wipe away their tears. They bark at the child to get up. It's insane to me, to imagine a world like that in Delirium. Lauren Oliver weaved it well, though. I could almost imagine being in it, being in Portland, surrounded by the boarder, fenced in like an animal. I'd like to think I would be a resister, or maybe even an Invalid on the other side, living in the Wilds. In the beginning, I wasn't keen on Lena. She seemed to be trying to hard to fit into the mold of who she thought she should be; quiet, happy for the cure, obedient. She was trying hard to conform to who society needed her to be but she's not that person. It was nice to see her grown and come to realize who she was, and who she didn't want to be. 'I'd rather die my way than live yours' is something she says towards the end which really made me absolutely love her. I can't even imagine being in her shoes, having to choose which life to live: the one she wants to or the one that everyone around her expects her to. Lena is well written. She's someone a reader will really root for. Alex.... I don't know where to begin on him. He had me the second he appeared in the story. Alex is a fantastic male lead. He opened Lena's eyes to the world. He showed her that the life the Cureds lead is no life at all. He showed her that there is more. Their romance is fantastic. It's a steady, realistic build up and then it just grips you and you find yourself hoping, praying and making deals with crossroad demons that they get a happy ending. Lauren Oliver did a fantastic job. Her writing is absolutely stunning. I ended up with dozens of sticky tabs poking out of my copy because there were just so many quotes that I wanted to remember. She also does a fantastic job of creating a dystopian world that seems real; a world that could be a reality sometime in the near or distant future. It creates a sense of foreboding and unease that I talked about in the beginning. To live in a world where you cannot love, in a world there people cannot love you; it's a horrifying idea. Love is what makes us, shapes us. Whether it's romantic love, familial love or the love you have for a book or a movie or a song. There is none of that in this world. Lauren did such an amazing job that you could close your eyes and almost be in that world. She made it so that you felt like you could visit this world and feel the unease, see the fog in people's eyes. Some dystopians feel unrealistic and silly; this is not one of them. Delirium was a thrill ride that left me on the edge of my seat. Don't even get me started on the ending! I need to start Pandemonium right away. Orgiinally posted at OMFG!Books @ blogspot.ca
Date published: 2012-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldnt put it down I LOVED this book! I couldn't put it down!! When I found out there was a second book, I searched every book store until I found it and finished it within the first day! I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone! MUST READ!
Date published: 2012-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting I love it and I thought it was interesting. You have to read this people.
Date published: 2012-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Look at the review on my blog: www.lotsofbooksandsmiles.blogspot.com This book really made me smile. I LOVED this book. I could not put this book down or look away.I read this book through the night and did not care if I did not get any sleep.This is definitely one of my favorite distopian books next to Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Why did I like this book so much? Well there are countless answers to that question. I liked this book so much because I really understand the society Lena lives in. When I first started this book I was like" There is no way that Lauren Olivier could make me understand that anyone who lives in this world could be brainwashes into thing love is a disease" after reading this book "This makes sense". I also loved that I love the characters in this book. I fell like I can really see, breath and touch through this Jena. I loved reading about her and I also loved to hear her thoughts and feeling through this book. I enjoyed Jena personality I enjoyed almost every aspect of her character. I enjoyed reading about Hana too. I think she is a really good friend to Lena and has a lovely personalty to read about. At first I did not like Alex but quickly became to fall in love with him once I got to know him. Alex is a very interesting character to read about awesome to read about actuly I can't really say anymore about him if I want to give away spoilers. The End had a huge cliffhanger! I also I cried a lot at the end. I have so much mixed felling for this ending so I must explain them to you. Sad because it was over and because I don't want it to end that way. Happy because I really enjoyed this book. Anger because I don't a cliffhanger and complete inching because I needed to read the next book. Overall I really loved this book one of my favorite books of the year.
Date published: 2012-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful, wonderful! Why did I take this long to actually start reading this series? Lauren Oliver is amazing writer and Delirium is nothing short of awesome. I feel like I’m finally inching my way out from under the rock I see to have been residing under. If you’re one of those people who are still under that rock, Delirium is about Lena, who lives in a world like our own, but in her world, love is a disease. This means that, at an early age, people have a “procedure” that rids them of the feelings of love, rids them of susceptibility of contamination. From the first pages I was intrigued. It was just so different from all of the other dystopian’s I had been reading. I loved the concept of love being the disease and couldn’t believe that people actually looked forward to getting the procedure done. It was hard to fall in love with the characters at first because they were so detached from these feelings, especially the older characters, but I couldn’t help but root for the younger ones, hoping that they would evade authority and the cons — even if they don’t look like cons — of the procedure. Oliver is such an amazing writer. Her words read like poetry in sections and everything was just so smooth and flowing. I loved how the “world” of Delirium was Portland, but an alternate Portland. Oliver did a good job of creating a world that was so realistic, a world that could most definitely exist — one that was easy to be fearful of. At the beginning of each chapter, Oliver includes little bits of literature from the pre-approved books that the people of Portland are to read. It was so interesting to read these little tidbits of information and see exactly how the people were being brainwashed through the literature, how literature that we read nowadays could be deemed as “cautionary tales.” I did really love Lena as a character, as well as Hana. It was hard to see what they had to live with, the world they were forced to live in, but it was nice to see some rebelling, even if it kept you on your toes as a reader. I also really loved Alex’s character and was always so happy to see his name as I was reading. Oliver made it easy to really fall in love with these characters and to hate people like the Regulators or the guards. And the twists and turns!! I don’t even want to go into detail about them — because you should most definitely read the book yourself to find out — but they will rip your heart out and leave a mess of of emotions in its place. This is a book you will not be able to put down. This was a fantastic novel and now I feel compelled to read everything Lauren Oliver has written. I’m especially glad that I had Pandemonium, the next book in this series, in my possession and could read it right away because Oliver definitely left my world shattered with her ending of Delirium. A wonderful, wonderful writer, Lauren Oliver is one to watch.
Date published: 2012-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well.... I have wanted to get this book for some time now and hearing all the hype surrounding this book made me have very high expectations, and I'm sure I will be the only one with a slightly bad review but I wasn't all that impressed. Hear me out, I loved the concept for this book I love how love is something people think is terrible and I did like the characters, I thought Lena was a good main character a bit annoying at times but I didn't want to rip her head off, I liked Alex as our love interest and I really liked Hanah. Now by saying all these things this book should have been given a higher rating right? but my issue with this book has to do with the fact that I found the plot and story line to be very slow and it made the book drag. It just seemed that not alot was happening and it made things slightly boring to me. I found the last chapter great it was fast paced and this book leaves with a cliffhanger that makes me interested to check out the sequel but this book for me was not as good as I was expecting. :0)
Date published: 2012-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver Title: Delirium Author: Lauren Oliver Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 441 (Hardcover) My Rating: 4/5 stars Lauren Oliver first made her appearance in the writing industry with her spectacular debut novel, Before I Fall in spring 2010. The young adult fantasy book was an instant sell-out and quickly claimed a spot on the New York Times Bestsellers list within weeks of its release. Oliver’s highly anticipated second book, Delirium which was released in February of 2011 did not fail to impress readers, critics, and bloggers worldwide. Delirium is a dystopian book and first and foremost a love story. At eighteen years old, citizens of the United States of America must legally undergo a procedure – a “cure” – that will result in citizens being unable to love anyone ever again, whether it may be a partner, friend or family member. The main character seventeen-year-old Lena Holoway, is scheduled to have her procedure completed on September 3, in ninety-five days. Her eagerness to rid her emotion of love has consumed her mind from day one. Lena hopes to be accepted back into her family and be seen no longer as an outcast. However, all her beliefs change when she meets Alex, a smart, witty, and handsome young man. At first Lena quickly denies herself any association with Alex as all her life she has learned to keep her distance from others because the threat of the deadly disease, deliria could potentially kill her. Throughout the book, the young couple rapidly create chaos that could expose them to the government while fighting for the chance to escape the prison that has been their life for the past seventeen years. Their nail-biting journey will keep you on the edge of your seat, begging for more. Delirium will always be on your mind. Although Lena and Alex will sacrifice everything for each other, will love conquer all? Delirium is a wonderful emotional, heartbreaking love story set in a dystopian future. Be sure to watch out for the next book in the Delirium series. The release of the next book, Pandemonium is just right around the corner and should be in bookstores on February 28, 2012. View on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/182287562 View on blog: http://bryanna-lee.blogspot.com/2012/03/delirium-delirium-1-by-lauren-oliver.html
Date published: 2012-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver Title: Delirium Author: Lauren Oliver Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 441 (Hardcover) My Rating: 4/5 stars Lauren Oliver first made her appearance in the writing industry with her spectacular debut novel, Before I Fall in spring 2010. The young adult fantasy book was an instant sell-out and quickly claimed a spot on the New York Times Bestsellers list within weeks of its release. Oliver’s highly anticipated second book, Delirium which was released in February of 2011 did not fail to impress readers, critics, and bloggers worldwide. Delirium is a dystopian book and first and foremost a love story. At eighteen years old, citizens of the United States of America must legally undergo a procedure – a “cure” – that will result in citizens being unable to love anyone ever again, whether it may be a partner, friend or family member. The main character seventeen-year-old Lena Holoway, is scheduled to have her procedure completed on September 3, in ninety-five days. Her eagerness to rid her emotion of love has consumed her mind from day one. Lena hopes to be accepted back into her family and be seen no longer as an outcast. However, all her beliefs change when she meets Alex, a smart, witty, and handsome young man. At first Lena quickly denies herself any association with Alex as all her life she has learned to keep her distance from others because the threat of the deadly disease, deliria could potentially kill her. Throughout the book, the young couple rapidly create chaos that could expose them to the government while fighting for the chance to escape the prison that has been their life for the past seventeen years. Their nail-biting journey will keep you on the edge of your seat, begging for more. Delirium will always be on your mind. Although Lena and Alex will sacrifice everything for each other, will love conquer all? Delirium is a wonderful emotional, heartbreaking love story set in a dystopian future. Be sure to watch out for the next book in the Delirium series. The release of the next book, Pandemonium is just right around the corner and should be in bookstores on February 28, 2012. View on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/182287562 View on blog: http://bryanna-lee.blogspot.com/2012/03/delirium-delirium-1-by-lauren-oliver.html
Date published: 2012-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver Title: Delirium Author: Lauren Oliver Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 441 (Hardcover) My Rating: 4/5 stars Lauren Oliver first made her appearance in the writing industry with her spectacular debut novel, Before I Fall in spring 2010. The young adult fantasy book was an instant sell-out and quickly claimed a spot on the New York Times Bestsellers list within weeks of its release. Oliver’s highly anticipated second book, Delirium which was released in February of 2011 did not fail to impress readers, critics, and bloggers worldwide. Delirium is a dystopian book and first and foremost a love story. At eighteen years old, citizens of the United States of America must legally undergo a procedure – a “cure” – that will result in citizens being unable to love anyone ever again, whether it may be a partner, friend or family member. The main character seventeen-year-old Lena Holoway, is scheduled to have her procedure completed on September 3, in ninety-five days. Her eagerness to rid her emotion of love has consumed her mind from day one. Lena hopes to be accepted back into her family and be seen no longer as an outcast. However, all her beliefs change when she meets Alex, a smart, witty, and handsome young man. At first Lena quickly denies herself any association with Alex as all her life she has learned to keep her distance from others because the threat of the deadly disease, deliria could potentially kill her. Throughout the book, the young couple rapidly create chaos that could expose them to the government while fighting for the chance to escape the prison that has been their life for the past seventeen years. Their nail-biting journey will keep you on the edge of your seat, begging for more. Delirium will always be on your mind. Although Lena and Alex will sacrifice everything for each other, will love conquer all? Delirium is a wonderful emotional, heartbreaking love story set in a dystopian future. Be sure to watch out for the next book in the Delirium series. The release of the next book, Pandemonium is just right around the corner and should be in bookstores on February 28, 2012. View on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/182287562 View on blog: http://bryanna-lee.blogspot.com/2012/03/delirium-delirium-1-by-lauren-oliver.html
Date published: 2012-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly Good As a lover of The Hunger Games series, i find this book to be parallel to it in the dystopian love story style it is written in. Oliver takes you on a journey that makes you fall in illegal love with a fictional character. Superb!
Date published: 2012-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have the deliria! Delirium is a must read. Don't be like me and put off reading it. It's absolutely worth it. Lauren Oliver's writing shines in every way, and the characters and their romance will make you crave that head-over-heels, mind-numbing, all-encompassing, breathtaking amor deliria nervosa. The ending will break your heart but it sets the way for such an incredible journey ahead. I. Can't. Wait. ~~ I was nearly a year late getting on the Delirium train. I knew there'd been a LOT of buzz over this book and almost every blogger I knew who'd read it loved it. I had high hopes starting it, which admittedly made me nervous. What if I didn't love it as much? And honestly, when I started, I didn't think I would, but by the time I'd finished, that feeling had passed and I was left reeling and emotionally broken by that insane ending. Lena lives in a world where love is the greatest disease. Amor deliria nervosa takes over a person's mind, makes them do things they wouldn't otherwise do, disobey their family, put themselves in danger, all in the name of love. Lena waits for the day she turns 18 and can receive the cure and truly be safe from love's clutches. But three months to her cure, she meets Alex, and her life changes in every way possible. The idea behind Delirium is a fascinating one. Love as a disease? Really? It truly boggles my mind how the fluttery feelings of something like a crush could be considered dangerous. In Lena's world, love was seen as something that changed a person, and in the most extreme ways, I guess it could be seen like that. But isn't that what being a teenager is? Being able to consume yourself fully in whatever or whoever you love. It made me sad though that people were made to fear something I think is so wonderful. They take tests and are matched with three suitable companions from which they then choose their lifelong partner. There's no affection, no warmth, no caring for one another. Lena doesn't want to end up like her mother did: uncurable, driven to madness until she kills herself, and it's this fear that makes her want the Cure so badly. But a small voice in the back of her mind tells her maybe the Cure isn't exactly a cure-all. I really liked Lena. She was very unsure of herself, but very real in her doubts. Going against the rules, possibly running away from the cure, was a huge danger punishable by imprisonment or death. She takes it very seriously. Lena always saw herself as average in every way, expecially when she compared herself to her enigmatic and attention-getter best friend Hana. So when she meets golden boy Alex, he makes her feel beautiful. The way their relationship developed, the way it grew, is breath-taking, and Oliver's writing is absolutely perfect in getting those feelings across. I loved it in Before I Fall and it makes its huge appearance again in Delirium. Their romance has got to be forbidden love at its highest. The deliria is rampant in both of them, and I hope it finds a way to stay and develop even more in Pandemonium :'( The pace is slow, yes, and this is where I had my doubts about liking the book. It's not a small book, and I seriously doubted Lena and Alex would be apart the whole time. There was a lot of telling (beautiful, beautiful telling) before we got to the showing. But once the romance picks up it swept me off my feet. The intensity was just gorgeous. Everything about this book is just gorgeous. The writing, the romance, the characters. Lena's little mute cousin absolutely broke my heart, especially towards the end of the novel. And the end. I finally understand why so many people were completely thrown by the ending. I was too. I think I sat there for a minute with my mouth open just absorbing what I had just read. It's a doozy. Way to take my heart and shatter it! *cries* Review from my blog: http://allofeverythingforyou.blogspot.com/2012/02/review-delirium-by-lauren-oliver.html
Date published: 2012-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a Favourite of Mine. I had very high expectations for this book and unfortunately, I felt a little let down. I didn't connect with the character's and the world as much as I would have like to. While the book was beautifully written and very unique, I struggled to really love this book as I wanted to. However, there were elements that I really liked. I thought it was such a powerful concept that really captured me at moments. Lauren Oliver's writing is exceptional and truly one of a kind. I feel that I just didn't connect with the book in a way that would allow me to love it. The concept was very cool, but the main character and the supporting characters let me down a bit. I also felt that the relationship in this story was developed too fast, so it felt a little rushed and unrealistic to me. Also the dystopian world seemed a little unrealistic if that's even possible. I struggled to wrap my head around the idea and the elements that were involved. I feel that a truly great dystopian world will have you utterly invested in the believability of the radical world, however, I questioned it at times and felt that things didn't really feel REAL to me. I missed the emotions were I felt like I could jump into this world and experience everything with the characters. In Lauren Oliver's dystopian world, love is considered to be a disease. Because of this, they have developed a procedure that extracts and removes love from every human's body at the age of eighteen. People have been brought up to believe that love, also known as amor deliria nervosa, is something to fear. This is why humans everywhere give into this risky surgery. Even if something may go wrong, it's better than living with the deadly feeling of love for the rest of your life. Our main character Lena, isn't against the procedure. In fact, she anticipates the day where she turns eighteen and will finally given the chance to be normal, to be ridden of love. She witnessed it as it tore her mother apart and led to her being taken away. However, things take a drastic turn in Lena's life. She never thought that love would ultimately become apart of her life, but she meets a boy. A boy changes everything she has ever known. He as made her see her world differently. Most of all, he causes Lena to question the true meaning of love, and what's been kept from her. As Lena's story continues, she must face obstacles and overcome her world's tight grip on everyone. She would have never thought that a boy would lead her to change everything she has ever believed in. I did enjoy this book when it had it's shining moments. I feel that the sequel will be even better because the world will be explained more and the characters will have more time to develop as individuals, which will help the story and relationships grow. I will definitely check out the sequel, Pandemonium, for this reason. 3.7/5 2011-035
Date published: 2012-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Symbol of what love truly is Fell in love with this book instantly!! I could not put it down. The connection felt between Lena and Alex is so moving and you really get a true feeling of what love really is. I now have a deeper understanding and appreciation towards the concept of love.
Date published: 2012-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite good Well, I loved the idea of this book. It was a really imaginative idea because not just romantic love is forbidden, all love is. And it's really hard to imagine your parents caring for you just because they have to, not because they love you. Also...I just can't see marriage without love, especially that there is no chance that you will grow to love and care for your partner. Ugh..i would hate a life like that. Anyway, I am in the middle with my liking of the main character. she was ok, but she still doesn't seem to have much of a personality yet. (probably because the government makes everyone fear everything) but still. I actually found out I like her best friend's character better. I like Alex. He seems sweet, patient and caring and sacrifices himself to save Lena. I really liked the way the author writes, very descriptive, you could really see what it was like, though i wish that she could have speeded up the begging a little. The ending was good, a great way to start a new sequel.From what I've read about Pandemonium, I suspect a love triangle. Glad there's only about 10ish days until Pandemonium comes out. Well, definitely a good read. "A life without love is no life at all"
Date published: 2012-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Dystopian read this year so far! Well gotta say this book was....wow is all I can say, I've never read anything like this before...it's also my second dystopia book I've ever read. This book kept me interested in parts but in other parts I got so bored with the long descriptions that I actually skipped over a few parts in the book. The writer didn't need to be so descriptive about the main characters feelings or discription of things. Only one other book I skipped over useless parts and that was Twilight, I'm sorry for comparing the two but it's true. That's the only issue I had with it believe it or not. Lena is the main character of the story, she is such a incident/immature girl that she reminds me of myself. Though the reason she is incident and immature at the beginning is because of how the government raised the boys and girls apart in different school's so that they don't contract the Love disease. Though when she meets up with Alex everything changes, she slowly starts to break out of the shell the government put around her and starts to see things in a different way. The way Alex treats Lena is so sweet, he's patient given how she was raised and that didn't stop him from coming to her and telling her he liked her. She knew it was wrong but she still couldn't stop herself from loving him back even though she doesn't say the words till near the ending. I think that everything that happens between them is prefect and I wouldn't change a thing. The plot is so interesting that it draws you in even more into their world. The little snippets of information on "The book of Shh"(the book everyone in the city has to read and follow) on each chapter is also very interesting. I love reading them because I couldn't believe the author came up with something for the start of each chapter. Though half way though the book it just dawned on me, if the people don't have love in them they are basically sociopath's who don't care about anything. For example a dog was beaten half to death and they just left him by the trash, STILL ALIVE!! I was so pissed off at that scene, not only that but Lena never brought it up again. How can you do anything without love, it just makes sense to me, not to mention for the kids they bring into the world, they even mention how some parents will kill the child for no reason other then the kid crying or bothering them. This world got me so annoyed quite a few times but then I remember it's suppose to be like that, it's suppose to be that kind of world. I was also very angry with the ending, all that was running though my mind was, What the hell just happen!! I couldn't believe how it ended like that, I didn't cry but it was still sad. That type of sacrifice...I still can't believe it...(not going to spoil it your gonna have to read the book to see what I'm talking about) I recommend for everyone to read this book, if your a fan of the hunger games you will be a fan of this. It has it's fair share of adventure and fights so you diffidently be pleased with this!
Date published: 2012-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an ending! As the first book in a trilogy, this book has started right up there with many of my other favourite dystopian reads like Hunger Games, Uglies, and Divergent. While I find the protagonists of these stories less appealing, the sneak peak at the next book gives me hope that Lena will turn out to be a character I can relate to! And the ending, oh the ending! Just you wait, you'll see what I mean ;)
Date published: 2012-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. Oh Delirium. I don’t know why it took me so long to pick you up and read you. At over 400 pages, I did not think I would finish this book as quickly as I did, but I could not put it down. I was worried that all the hype would leave me disappointed, but for me, it lived up to my expectations. The writing is beautiful, and the world that Oliver has created has such depth to it. Aided in part by the chapter starters with quotes from books and lexicons in the world that Lena and Hana know, it allows the readers to get a fuller understanding of the mentality of these people – and the gravity of the situation that is only known as amor deliria nervosa. Obviously, what is a story about a love disease without an epic love story in it… and boy is this ever the epic one. Their story tears at your heartstrings and completely consumes you, making you fall in love with the star-crossed lovers. Even with the expected love story, Oliver manages to still throw in enough twists and turns to keep the reader wanting more. As much as I hate it, my mind often starts thinking ahead and tries guessing what is going to happen next (and I really don’t know why I do that because I hate spoilers) and in spite of that, I was left with my mouth open in shock more times than not. This and other reviews can be found at JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW AMAZING http://lovesbooksreviews.blogspot.com/2012/01/delirium-by-lauren-oliver.html Why didn't I read this book earlier!!! Delirium was AMAZING!!! It has to be one of my favorite books. I loved everything about this novel. Lauren Oliver did not disappoint in her new trilogy. Lena is a very strong character and the romance with Alex left me breathless, because they are perfect for each other and this "world" where they have to take away a piece of love out of you is a very different concept. From beginning to end the romance, action and the characters will bring you to tears. It was developed beautifully. The writing precise that it will leave you to want more of Lauren Oliver's books! The romance was beautiful. From the first moment you meet Alex, you know that he is a great male lead. He helps Lena discover more of herself, that life doesnt always have to be about the cure. The cure is a operation that will take the delira out of your brain for you to forget, and the word love. Alex is soo Hot *swoon* that he will want you to go with him everywhere. Lena was right to follow her heart because from the first moment he saw Lena running with her friend Hana he knew he had to get to know her! I was in love after that. I think Hana is a great character because she brought out the "party" side to Lena because she was afraid to disobey the life she was told to follow. Hana has been with her since the 2nd grade, so best friends will fight, but they also will forgive. Lena is also left without her mother and now her sister who has gone through the cure. When discovering this part of Lena's family and what happens before with both of her parents, they were a happy family. Each of Oliver's characters were unique, and to apply this to a dystopian is amazing because you grow attached to them, and want to know more of what will happen next to the characters. The Invalids are supposedly bad, but from reading they are just normal people trying to survive and have the openness to love despite get a procedure to take it away! The ending left me speechless!!!!!! I was soo shocked and almost in tears at what was happening. Lauren Oliver I heard is the best at cliffhangers, including this book because its one of the ways to make us readers want more of what Lena is going to go through in the sequel. I have already been skimming the book for the most memorable parts because its soo good!! I recommend this book to everyone! Its a book you cant put down!!! After reading Delirium, now I want the next one in the series, Pandemonium (can it come out quicker!!) Pick this book up right away!!
Date published: 2012-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Genius This was definitely one of the greatest books I have ever read. It is so well written, and the idea is so fantastic. Lauren Oliver is incredibly talented. The romance in this book was incredible but there was also quite a bit of action. All around AMAZING book
Date published: 2011-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I cannot wait until the sequel Pandemonium! Lena is a 16 year old girl who can’t wait to get the cure from the disease called love. The government controls and monitors everything in her world. For example everything set on the intranet is written by government agencies and even digital books must be approved and licensed and for a fee one may be able to download them. The Invalids are a strong rebel force who wreck chasos onto the cured society of people. Their alleigence stands for what society should be. I love her struggle between being a cured person to being an invalid. Her thoughts ricochet in her head like a well played tennis match and you can how much she denies that she’s in love. Then when she finally realizes she is, it’s beautiful. She feels weak, and strong at the same time. Nor does she care that she could get caught. The scene where they start making out and Lena touches the contours of Alex’s back felt so real. Just imagine you have never seen a boy naked and he’s close to you, your warmth guided by his body of course you would feel lust. Lena being completely clueless loves it just as much because it finally awakens get human desires. Just as much as when Alex tells her she’s beautiful and she finally believes him made me smile. I definitely have noticed a recurring theme in most YA novels: plain Janes with low self esteem and a hunky gorgeous guy who falls in love with them. Ok maybe I get the fact that the author needs their characters to be relatable to attract readers, but really..did Lena really have to belittle herself so much? She only believes she’s beautiful when Alex says she is! I can be a bit if a feminist so this irked me to no end. Then once Lena falls in love, the date of her scheduled cure looms over her head like a grey cloud. Her friendship with Hana is just as strong any between two childhood best friends. I love Lena’s character. She show strength and leads Lena but at the same time Lena teaches Hana there’s more to their caged city life. Love between Alex, Hana, Grace and her own mother. She has learned that she’s always loved these people in her life and I couldn’t help but be proud of how much her character grew. Lena rescuing herself felt so real and I loved how Alex becomes the hero and recuses her with the help of Grace. Call me old-fashioned but I still love it when guys want to be the “prince.” True to a hero’s form, he sacrifices himself only to rescue Lena, as she escapes from the confines of Portland. And I have to admit, I actually teared when I read that. I cannot wait until the sequel Pandemonium!
Date published: 2011-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fantastic but a tough read for the sensitive Mini Book Review: Please remember I am not critiquing the talents of the author, I am just giving my thoughts on my personal enjoyment of the story. Met the author at a book signing and she is a wonderful, fun and intelligent women and she is an extremely talented author. Now that that is over with, let me get on with my opinion on this story. I struggled with this book and had to keep putting it down, not because of there being something wrong with it, it was the subject matter. The idea of a world where love is a disease and where parents take care of their children because it is the right thing to do, not because of overwhelming love actually sickened me. Some of the descriptions on the treatment of children and animals was written very dispassionately that it actually disturbed me and I had to put the book down right away. Honestly, this is how you are supposed to feel so you can understand Lena's transformation, but it is very hard for someone as sensitive as I am to get through it. That being said 3/4 way through after Lena starts to change, I totally didn't want to put the book down. It was beautifully done and made me grateful to have actually stuck with the book. I am now impatient for the sequel to come out, because I am dying to know what happens. I am going to disagree with Natasha, I actually liked the ending because it fit very well with the book and I look forward to discussing this with her on Friday -- can't talk about it here because there would be tons of spoilers. This is an extremely powerful tale, but the sensitive should be warned. I will some this up with a quote from Delirium which is what I truly believe the message of the book is about and something I believe to be very true. "Hate isn't the most dangerous thing." he said."Indifference is." 3.5 Dewey's (Remember based on MY enjoyment of the book, NOT the talents of the author) I bought this because Teri suggested I give it a chance, but I still want to say I hate the scene with the dog, it made my heart break!
Date published: 2011-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All you need is love... What a fabulous concept for a book - 'curing' humans from love. I must admit - I was skeptical at first...it seemed ridiculous. But as I read on, I was impressed with the author's justification for just a world. It was very well thought out. The main character, Lena, seems boring and one dimensional in the beginning, but really blossoms after she meets Alex, and really becomes who she is meant to be at the end of the book. Wonderful lead characters, a beautiful love story and a terrifying world make this a real page turner. Can't wait for the sequel next spring!
Date published: 2011-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best dystopian romance! i read this book last out of three i had purchased. the others were matched and divergent. i won't critique the other 2 here, but let's just say it was by far, the best of the best! excellent plot line and good character development. the premise is new and different which makes for a very interesting story. o loved this book so much it took me almost a week to pick up something else to read. the relationship between lena and alex was fun to see develop and so relatable. the book ends on such a cliffhanger that it is painful waiting for the second one. highly recommended!!!
Date published: 2011-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking This book left me breathless. Although the theme of the book is nothing new, the way it’s written certainly draws you in. The ending was anguishing, because right when you think things would be okay… they’re not. The author generally writes her endings in the same way, so if you have read "Before I Fall"… be prepared.
Date published: 2011-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling Dystopia Dystopias are the new hype, but they never get that boring. I've tried reading "Before I Fall". It was good writing, but I just didn't like the idea. So I was glad that Lauren Oliver wrote another book so I can try her style again. I have to say that I like this book better. Love is a curse. Really bold and something you wouldn't relate to love. But it's 100% true. Everything said about love in this book is true. I'm about half way through the novel and I already love it. I like Lena and I absolutely love Alex.
Date published: 2011-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathless!! WOW... seldom does a book end up blowing me away when I first had trouble getting into it at the beginning of the story. I'm so glad I stuck with it because it turned into all kinds of awesome!! It's hard to imagine that the government of the United States has come to the conclusion that LOVE is the root of all evils and has taken drastic steps to eradicate it from the lives of their citizens, but that is just what happened in Delirium... and I bought into the tale Lauren Oliver authored--hook, line and sinker. And let me clarify... I didn't buy into those beliefs but I did buy into the plausibility of it... it provoked thought and wonder. The world and character building at the beginning seemed a bit copious at first, but as the story unfolded... I saw how it became necessary. In order (for the author) to sell the concept of a government's drastic methods to eradicate *love* from the lives of their people through a medical procedure and huge amounts of propaganda shoved down their throats -- it was necessary to be very detailed so it was believable. The little quotes at the beginning of each chapter from government approved literature perfectly illustrated the levels of propaganda used to influence their citizen's way of thinking and guarantee their acceptance and futileness to even question it, and as the reader, you can see how the majority of the people just blindly accepted this... including the main character, Lena. But for me, romance is a huge draw in a story, and despite the premise, there was LOTS of it. The story had me gripped in its clutches as soon as the first spark was experienced between Lena and Alex. And it was refreshing that there wasn't a true love triangle for a change. She wasn't torn between two boys. But Lena did have a choice to make. Great cast of characters! Lena was a great protagonist and Alex was her pretty incredible love interest. The ending left me breathless and with a huge lump in my throat. The entire story pulled out all sorts of emotions from me... the determination to fight for what you believe in and not have your choices taken away... the feeling of hopelessness at times--like there is no escaping this fate... to such sweet and tender love between the two main characters... this story had it all for me. Acceptance of being without love in favour of just being indifferent to such vulnerabilities, could be seen as having some validity... but then you wouldn't have experienced such a wonderful ride as this one if it were true... so in that light... I truly backed what Lena and Alex did (despite it seeming hopeless) and will continue to have me rooting for them into Pandemonium.
Date published: 2011-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Dystopia Delirium by Lauren Oliver is a fantastic example of a YA dystopian novel. Dystopian stories appeal to teens (and me) for a number of reasons * They allow for honourable rebels. Teens are notoriously rebellious and dystopia validates this by creating a justifiable rebellion. * By the same token, they present characters like the good-hearted bad boy, a stereotypical ideal that appeals to young female readers such as myself (hey, I'm youngish!) * They elaborate on the flaws that trouble us in our own society and let us think about issues from a safe distance, stories in our own time sometimes hit too close to home and are harder not to bias about * They have the opportunity to include action, adventure, romance, mystery and basically anything you could want in a story Love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all things, it kills you both when you have it and when you don't. Delirium is a lot like Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, because there is a socially and politically mandated surgery that everyone undergoes. In both stories a piece of the personality is removed from citizens to maintain order and fix some perceived flaw in human nature. I find it interesting that in Uglies they remove intelligence and heighten emotion and in Delirium they remove feeling to focus on logic. Hyper sexuality vs. repressed sexuality but equally dystopian! Both alterations are disguised as prevention of heartbreak and loneliness but result in an irresponsible and dysfunctional population ruled by a totalitarian government. This is a common element of dystopian novels, but Oliver does a great job of exploring the hegemony and brainwashing involved. She also create an interesting social structure that reinforces the control of those in powers. Family history and the bond between children and their parents who have been disgraced feels incredibly real. The infatuation and the discovery of intimacy in the context of a sexually repressed society is well done. The giddiness of first love described in terms of illness is executed exquisitely. Oliver has a talent for portraying emotional connections. There is some sneaking over an electric fence that reminds me of another great dystopian novel that's gotten lots of attention: The Hunger Games. I don't think she's a copycat though, Oliver makes the novel her own with her beautiful diction and uses familiar tropes to explore a unique perspective of love. If you like the statement "it's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all, this is a book for you. Lauren Oliver is definitely an author to keep track of.
Date published: 2011-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully written I’m not really sure as to what the hype was all about with this book. Even after finishing the book I’m still not quite sure what they hype is. I liked this book but I didn’t. I can think of several reasons why I didn’t like it, yet there’s a balanced number of reasons why this book was good. I liked this book because of the writing, and the character development. I enjoyed reading how Lena develops and learns how to fall in love. The plot, although slow moving and it’s a fairly big book in YA standards, was good and it had all the characteristics of a dystopian society. There was so much lack of emotion (until Lena falls in love) that you can actually ‘feel’ bland and expressionless (almost like a drone) throughout the book. It’s what takes up most of the theme through the book until love comes in. I liked the contrast though. You have the dark bland background, and then Lena comes in, blossoming like a flower with her new emotions. It’s a really effective and interesting way of writing and I really did like that aspect of the book. I really liked the storyline featuring Lena’s mother and her mysterious death. It’s left a dark mark on Lena’s life so much it’s no wonder she was looking forward to the ‘cure’. The mystery surrounding her mother was really interesting and when you find out what really happened you feel the shock and awe through Lena. The romance between Lena and Alex dominates through the book, and it was all right. I’m not much of a romance fan, they do have some type of chemistry however I still can’t quite see them together though, they’re not perfect by all means but it’s not like they’re wholly mismatched either. I liked the friendship Hana and Lena had together. I wonder why Hana chose her outcome that way, and I wished she would have come along for the ride it could have made a whole different plot. There was just something about her that made her so likable. She was so friendly, kind, she seemed like such an easy person to get along with. It’s hard not to like her. The main reason why this book didn’t really grab me (aside from the bland pace of the plot) was Lena. I did not like her. There were so many moments where she made me grind my teeth, the moments - during her exam for example, where I literally had to stop and make a facepalm. Oh Lena, why can’t you just smarten up when you need to be? why do you have to be so utterly daft at times? There were moments where I went to smack her upside the head for her stupid moments. Even after finishing this book I still can’t begin to like her. Aside from that, I can think of no other reason to dislike this book. I’d have to say it’s still a good read and the ending nearly had me in tears. Although the idea of love being illegal may not be new, the writing in this book is superb and is worth the read. I most definitely recommend this for YA lovers, and those that love dystopian fiction.
Date published: 2011-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love is Pain... Upon completing Delirium, there were three stages I experienced: 1) I wanted to scream! I was seriously tempted to just grab a pillow and scream into it for all it was worth. 2) Once the urge to scream passed, next were the tears threatening to fall. My heart completely reached out to Lena as plans slowly went awry by the end. 3) This awful ache settled in my chest, threatening to never go away as I kept replaying the ending over and over again in my head. How could Lauren Oliver possibly end the novel on such a horrible cliff-hanger note? Pure evilness. Delirium has left me infected... with a case of amor deliria nervosa that is. Lauren Oliver's beautiful prose has such a wonderful lilt that the words just seem to seamlessly flow off the page! She brings such beauty to the smallest inconsequential of things with her writing, making you second-guess your own view of the world. With Lena's 18th birthday approaching ever closer in only a few months, so is her future. Her evaluations will determine who she is to marry and eventually have children with... and she'll receive the cure to amor deliria nervosa, or love, that the government says is deadly to everyone. Sympathizers who even think that love could possibly be good are taken out and swiftly silenced. Such thoughts are dangerous and it's for everyone's protection... Lena has always known and understood this fact. But then the unimaginable happens when Lena meets a beautiful boy... and falls in love. Lena is the main factor in driving this novel forward; her growth as a character was essential and without it, Delirium would not nearly be as good as it is. The reasoning behind her eagerness to receive the cure is carefully explained, becoming even more apparent after we learn more about Lena's past and her relationship with her mother. With the introduction of Alex into the story and watching as their relationship unfolds and blossoms before our eyes, we see Lena come to make decisions for herself as she questions the rules of a society she had always believed to be right. And as much as this novel was dystopian and focused on exploring this fascinating, yet horrifying, society Lena lives in... it was also very much a love story as well. Lauren Oliver captures first love in its innocence, complete with all the sweetness, butterflies, and other scrambling emotions it involves as well. Love is pain... and with Delirium that certainly extends to the ending. Lauren Oliver's novel Delirium delivers with its absolutely beautiful writing and a heartfelt story set to the backdrop of a world without love. I'm eagerly looking forward to next year's release of the second novel, Pandemonium, for sure! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2011/04/cornucopia-of-dystopia-review-delirium.html
Date published: 2011-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love may be a disease, but I LOVED this book! I honestly don’t know how I’d live in a world without love. I suppose if I was born into it and it was bred into my bones that love is a bad disease that would eventually kill me, I might I have different opinion. Lena is definitely all for the cure for amor deliria nervosa. When she was younger, her mother was unable to be cured (she had the procedure three times, but it never “worked”) and she ended up walking off a cliff. I can definitely sympathize with Lena: I wouldn’t want to fall in love or feel love at all if it was so bad that it caused my mom to commit suicide. In the days before her 18th birthday, her cure date, Lena must complete the evaluations in which she must stand before a panel of four lab scientists and answer a series of questions. This is so that she can be paired with her future husband, but I think it is also a prescreening to ensure that she has not contracted the disease. Her evaluations don’t go very well, but there is an "incident" at the labs the same day, and she is lucky enough to get a do-over. She’s also lucky because this is the day she meets Alex, who ends up turning her life upside down. Her best friend Hana is more outgoing and introduces Lena to new parts of her world that are “forbidden”: she listens to illegal music, she sneaks out after curfew, and spends time with boys (breaking the segregation rule). Somehow, Lena ends up being sucked into this world and she and Alex become friends. Since he is “cured” (she can tell by the mark that all cureds have), she feels that this is ok. Aside from the more indepth synopsis of the book I’ve just given, I’m not really sure what to say. I know what I WANT to say, but it is totally spoilerific and not fair to you who haven't read it. I will say that I didn’t know what to expect from this book. I haven’t read Lauren's debut, Before I Fall, and I can’t recall reading any dystopian novels before, so I was going in blind. I am no longer blind, my friends! The romance in this story is beautiful because Lena is just discovering it for the first time. Along with that is her fear of love and fear of her society. She gets really tangled up and doesn’t know where she belongs because Alex is opening her eyes to things she has never seen before, things that the government hides from people to “keep them safe.” I could feel all of Lena’s emotions throughout the novel, from pain to curiosity to fear to love to confusion and more. It was all very powerful, which indicates to me that the writing is fantastic. The last thing I will say is about the ending, and I will try my hardest not to spoil anything. The ending was absolutely amazing and shocking. I didn’t know if I should cry or not, scream or not, be happy or not! There are upsides and downsides to the way it ends, and I think I understand why the characters made the choices they did. It’s still really hard to read, emotionally. I had to reread the last two pages at least five times and still didn’t believe it. If you’re one of those people who reads the last few pages of a story before reading the story itself, I’d recommend for you not to. I’d say don’t ever, for any book you ever read, but especially for this one, just DON’T. Just read it. Read it and enjoy it, because you and I both know you will. Thanks to NetGalley and HarperTeen for the eARC!
Date published: 2011-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read......... Ending was dissapointing though I thought it was a really good book. I enjoyed it alot and connected with Lena. On the other hand the book was progressing nicely until the end where your just like WTF just happened. WHY???!!! The book was sooo good but the ending really ruined it for me. I really hope that there is a second book because it left me with questions
Date published: 2011-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love hurts. . . but Lauren Oliver makes it hurt oh so good. Love has been declared a disease, but there is a cure which everyone is admistered on their 18th birthday. Lena is mere weeks away from recieveing her cure when the unthinkable happens; she falls in love. This book had similarities to a few of my other favourite books (The Uglies, The Hunger Games, and Matched) but it stood on it's own and with great characters, fast paced story that sucked you in and didn't let you go until the final page.
Date published: 2011-01-25

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Delirium

by Lauren Oliver

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8 × 5.4 × 1.2 in

Published: January 30, 2012

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061726834

ISBN - 13: 9780061726835

From the Publisher

They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever. And I''ve always believed them. Until now. Now everything has changed. Now, I''d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.

About the Author

Lauren Oliver attended the University of Chicago where she majored in philosophy and literature. Afterward she attended the MFA program at NYU and worked briefly as an editorial assistant and an assistant editor at a major publishing house in New York. Her first novel, Before I Fall, received nominations for the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice and the SCASL Book awards. Along with her second novel Delirium, Before I Fall has been published in a number of foreign countries including Brazil, Great Britain, Portugal, Germany, and China. Pandemonium is scheduled for release in the spring of 2012.

Editorial Reviews

"In [Oliver''s] dystopian America, love has been outlawed as the life-threatening source of all discord.Lena''s gradual awakening is set against a convincing backdrop of totalitarian horror.The abrupt ending leaves enough unanswered questions to set breathless readers up for volume two of this trilogy." (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
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