Delirium by Lauren OliverDelirium by Lauren Oliver


byLauren Oliver

Paperback | May 17, 2016

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The first book in Lauren Oliver’s New York Times bestselling trilogy about forbidden love, revolution, and the power to choose.

In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn't about to make the same mistake.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the Wilds who lives under the government's radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?

Lauren Oliver is the author of the YA bestselling novelsBefore I Fall, Panic,andVanishing Girlsand the Delirium trilogy:Delirium, Pandemonium,andRequiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages and areNew York Timesand international bestselling novels. She is also the author of three novels for middle grade readers:T...
Title:DeliriumFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:480 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.08 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.31 × 1.08 inPublished:May 17, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061726834

ISBN - 13:9780061726835


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good Addicting! Makes you want to read the rest of the series right away.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This series ruled my life "Love hurts. . . but Lauren Oliver makes it hurt oh so good" Could not have said it any better, loved every moment of this book, although I'm not hard to please. Give me some love and a dystopian world and im hocked. #plumrewards
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just okay This book was okay, it did not grasp my attention the way I had hoped. I do not think I will continue with the series.
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good series An interesting utopian idea. Especially that the main character starts out by buying into the idea that she needs to be cured from love.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic read I love the Delirium trilogy, and while the first book is probably the least interesting, it does an amazing job of setting up the world and the characters. Lena (the main character) is incredibly likeable and relatable, and while, yes, this is a story with a heavy focus on 'love', it has a good balance of romance, suspense, friendship, and action (with a loooottttt more action in the later books). #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from on a YA dystopia kick? this will fit in comfortably, but at the same time its different. author had in a completely different world than i imagined it would
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I chose to read this book for a school assignment and I'm so glad I did because I loved it! I loved the characters and the plot!
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from ok it was ok but i wouln't reread it
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New favourite book series! I loved these books, I could not put them down. You will feel every emotion reading these books. Wish there was more than 3!
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite series! Picked up this book on a whim as it was a bargain book on sale (the older edition with a different cover design). Fell in love upon reading the first book and had to buy the rest! Recommended it to a friend and she loves the series as much as I do.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OOF this book was SO good. full of forbidden love (literally), and pain, secrets, lies. ugh, it was so good. I don't wanna spoil so I will say no more, but it is definetly worthy of that roblox off sound
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book That Makes You Fall in Love This novel was brought to my attention as a recommendation because of my love for series like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Red Rising. I am beyond thankful that I decided to pick this one up as it has been a riveting read right from the start, and has made me fall in love with a novel where love is actually a disease. The concept is unique and really pulls at your heart strings. It makes you consider the impact of love and emotions in your life; you are faced with the frightening reality of what life would be like without that important feeling. A beautifully written dystopian novel that I would recommend for those interested in the genre!
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was incredibly captivating and it kept me hooked until the very last page. The main character, Lena, was also very relatable and that made the read even more enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Once you get pasted the idea of love being a disease trying to be cured it a great story and I love it! The ending was so beautiful!
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I was kept on my toes the entire time I was reading! It is an interesting concept, where love is a disease. I fell in love with Lena and Alex and the plot! It is a must read!
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from mehh I was curious to read more from this author after reading "Before I Fall." I thought this book would have the same writing flow, but this book dragged on. I lost interest midway. The plot was so dull. Really disappointing.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Started Slow...then WOW Delirium is a story about how love has been outlawed and citizens submit at the age of 18 to a neurological procedure that "cures" them of amor deliria nervosa, the main symptoms of passionate feelings about anything. Poetry and contact between opposite sexes are forbidden; government rules with suspicion, violence and arranged marriages. Lena, approaches the date of her procedure with both trepidation and relief, she meets Alex, a boy who arouses feelings that change everything she has believed about her community and herself. I found the world that Lauren Oliver created a bit scary. The thought of not being able to love or to be loved. If that is the case what do we really have? Is live worth living? Those were some of the thoughts I had at the beginning, then Oliver surprises you with her characters and their romance, it will make you crave that head-over-heels, breathtaking love. The ending will break your heart. Delirium is worth the read, yes it is a little slow and I had my doubts about liking it. But then BAM...It hit me and I thought what a beautiful story.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read This book was really interesting in the beginning, though it starts slowing down towards the middle of the book. But it is definitely worth a read if you are a dystopian fan.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Interesting Read I've had this book sitting on my shelf for a while now and I finally decided to pick it up a little while ago to read- and I'm very glad I did. I thought the book was very original and the storyline was very thought-provoking in regards to the ideas of this new society and order. Love is a disease, it's something that is ridiculed instead of cherished, it's a different view of thinking and it is definitely an interesting read! The characters are different from one another, but their way of thinking is well it's hard to explain, you'll have to read the book to see what I mean. I would definitely recommend this book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining This is a concept which have yet been explored It was interesting to read, however some parts, especially the ending, was really predictable.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, Love, Love This Series I absolutely loved this series. I made all of my friends read it and they became just as obsessed as I did! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Original! A society where love is forbidden? That's new! But I better warn you: the ending makes you want to read the sequel right away, so you better have it nearby!
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very Predictatble A good first read for young teens... Too predictable for late teens in my opinion
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dare To Love I really enjoyed this book first in the series. I like the idea of a world where Love is something to be afraid of. Honestly love is pretty scary... it can make you do some crazy things, and when love is lost it can be one of the most devastating feelings. But without the ups and downs in life you can't really appreciate the good when you have it. Lena learns this throughout this first novel and it's her best friend Hana that really shows her this. I relate the most to Alex in this novel because he is cynical and a more rough around the edges but is hoping for the best. Hana is probably the most like me from what was shown from start to finish in this first novel...she challenges the rules and regulations but wouldn't be able to fully say screw the system. Lena's childhood I really resonated with, because it made me think of growing up with my mom and dad and how much fun we would have daily. At the beginnings of each chapter there was quotes from childhood games, notes from the Book of Shhh, quotes about love... I really enjoyed those snippets into this world. And Alex and his poetry...I loved those scenes in the wild with Lena... showing her around his home, and being truly terrified that she wouldn't want to be there with him. I just love that he is romantic and sweet. I can't wait to see where their story goes from here.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 stars One of my favourite dystopian books. I loved the concept and couldn't was instantly hooked. Great series!
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creative Premise! The book was written based on the idea that love is a disease, an that to prevent the contagion from spreading, one must undergo a treatment called the "cure" on one's 18th birthday. Lena believes wholeheartedly in the values and truths that her society promotes, wanting nothing more than to avoid anything that could make her vulnerable to the "deliria" known as love. When she meets Alex, a boy with a mysterious past, she finds herself drawn to him. Will she be able to fight her growing feelings or will she succumb to the disease she has feared since losing her mother as a child?
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Raw and Poignant I love Lauren Oliver's writing style! It's so engrossing and pleasant, even when the subject matter is not.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Story! Great book with interesting characters and a unique premise.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This book was very interesting and well written. I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This book was very interesting and well written. I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from obsessed while the sequel isnt as good, i was obsessed with this book when i first read it! amazingggggg
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series Loved this series! It's fantastic and engaging. Cool concept. Sad the pilot for the show was canceled as I wonder how they would've done it on screen... #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book This was a good book full of suspense.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! It was different but amazing. A whole new perspective on love
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! It was different but amazing. A whole new perspective on love.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good first good It was a good first book and left me waiting for the next
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Loved ita great first book
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great dystopian read. Another great book in the dystopian genre. I loved The Hunger Games and Divergent novels and this series fits right into the genre!
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was surprisingly amazing This book was one of the first books I got when I was going into a post-apocalyptic setting phase. Though it isn't a most gruesome future, it does give you an insight on what would happen if something you feel so deeply was taken away. In other words, love, is one of the most needed feelings a person needs to fulfill their basic human needs and wants. What happen when this is taken away? It was well written and kept me intrigued, her side characters like Hana become more loved the more I read on and so on. I would recommend fully and will probably read it again in the near future.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad This wasn't bad but not my favourite for some reason...
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful series! These books were really great, such an interesting story and well written. I have read a number of Oliver's books and enjoyed them all.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I LOVED THIS BOOK! OH MY GOD. SO. IN. LOVE. First of all, the author is so very talented. Her writing it just beautiful. The inner thoughts of Lena, the descriptions, everything. Lauren Oliver is a beautiful writer. The story itself was interesting and unique, and I LOVED the conflicting emotions and thoughts of whether or not love was good or bad. Should she run away or do the procedure? Is it true, will everything be better when she has no sympathy and love, or is it a lie? Is she delirious, or is she for once finally awake? Is her head clouded with sick thoughts, or is she thinking clearly for the first time? I enjoyed her confusion, her inner monologue, I enjoyed the "cured"s side of the story, I enjoyed Lena trying to believe it, and thinking they are crazy all at once. Although not *too much* happened in the book, it was still very thrilling. My entire time reading it, I just had this huge sense of urgency, like I wasn't reading it fast enough. Not a lot, yet so much happened, and I was always anxious to continue reading. I needed to make sure that everything worked out! And Alex. I enjoyed Alex. Yes, yes I did. But because there wasn't a lot of dialogue in the book, I didn't feel as connected to him as much as I think I could have. I find in first person narratives, dialogue really helps to describe the other characters, since the narrator can't say what they are thinking or feeling. But I still loved the book, and can't wait to continue with the series
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book I really loved this book series, but the ending was a bit disappointing. I felt like the end was too cliche and not very unique. However, in general, the series was a great roller coaster!
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Whole New World This series is my absolute favourite, it was one of the first novels I read, and I find myself comparing books in the same genre to it. The first book is definitely much better than the following two. The first book gives so much insight into the world of Delirium, while the second and third books sort of drag along with plot twists here and there to wake and excite the reader once more. At first, I was intrigued by the description. It seemed rather satirical on love in society at every point. Oliver weaves together a completely foreign new world based on one of the most controversial emotions in history. Oliver doesn't leave any space for errors, whether it is from the triangular mark of cureds, the complexity of Invalids and the Wilds, or the Story of Solomon, everything is planned out with precision with a world that feels so real. I usually don't enjoy novels where a love story is the main focus, but the relationship between Lena and Alex is so compelling and thrilling that I couldn't help but feel giddy reading their interactions and escapades, continuously wanting more affection between the two. The relationship jumps off the pages, they are so carefully crafted that they are not merely book characters, but evolved and thoroughly designed. It is the typical, "fight against the system" book, but the tale throughout the book provides a double meaning on love, it is something just as deadly as it is sweet; it hurts both when you have it and when you don't. I don't find any book similar to this series, it is its own unique style, in a whole other league of its own.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than expected! I REALLY liked this book. I don't think I went in with very high hopes but it was very well done. The story and the writing and the characters, the whole world that was created was wonderful. I wasn't entirely won over (it had flaws) but I was pleasantly surprised.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay read.... This novel (along with the sequels) was an okay read...I had a hard time liking it and was basically forcing myself to finish the series.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh my goodness! This is an amazing book! I read it when it first came out and before the cover design was changed and it is still one of my favourites! It is often compared to "Divergent" and, reading both series, I can say with certainty that "Delirium" and the rest of the series is so much better!
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best trilogy This is an amazing start to an even more amazing series! I have read this series 3 times and plan to read it again soon
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable When I first got the book I was skeptical, but I got to say I was pleasantly surprised. It's not just romance it also has some adventure.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Surprised Me I REALLY liked this book. I don't think I went in with very high hopes but it was very well done. The story and the writing and the characters, the whole world that was created was wonderful. I wasn't entirely won over (it had flaws) but I was pleasantly surprised.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok book The book sounded super interesting so i gave it a try. started off pretty good. the concept is very unique, love being a disease. but the ending was very predictable
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I devoured the book in one sitting; it was just so captivating. Really loved the characters in the story and how they changed through each individual experience.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique Hard to get into but a great series.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!! After reading the synopsis, i was completely sucked in and bought it right away. The idea of love being a disease is very intriguing. I loved the writing and the main character but i did get bored during some part. Over all it was a good read and a great way to start of a series
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creative Fantastic idea and it was a great start to th series. This particular edition was beautiful also, though I'm disappointed I can't find this cover as a hard copy!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Don't really know how I feel about this book Ultimately the concept of this book is really interesting and pulling, the concept where love is a disease and people must be cured of it. As I was reading this book it felt very dull to me and really boring, it tried to push myself to read it but almost 200 pages in and it got too boring for me to read, nothing really interesting happened and I couldn't convince myself to read it anymore.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AMAZING i really enjoyed this book! the concept of love being a disease is intriguing and i picked it up right away. There were some moments which were a tad bit boring, but overall it was a really good book and i can't wait to pick up the next one!!
Date published: 2016-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AMAZING i really enjoyed this book! the concept of love being a disease is intriguing and i picked it up right away. There were some moments which were a tad bit boring, but overall it was a really good book and i can't wait to pick up the next one!!
Date published: 2016-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good! I really enjoyed reading this book, but in the middle of the book I got a little bored. I kept reading and it picked up again!
Date published: 2016-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great series Such an amazing series this was a hidden gem. I was pleasently surprised wheb n inpicked this book. I didnt have much uope for it butnit took holdnof me and i just couldnt put it down.
Date published: 2015-10-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wordy Good enough story.. Alex's character was borderlining a romance novel and not terribly realistic. Gets good at the end! Won't read Pandemonium.
Date published: 2015-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, Felt like I was in the book! This book is plain amazing! I was looking for a good dystopian- post-apocalyptic read and this book surely delivered! I am 20 years old so I didn't want something with to young of characters where I felt to old to be reading. But I felt like I saw Lena's world through her eyes. When I would think back to the book, it felt like I just finished watching a movie. A movie that made my emotions go crazy! I couldn't put it down! I fell in love with Alex and Julian. That quote is true... "I've lived a thousand lives, and loved a thousand loves," for people who read. I feel like this book should be put into my bookshelf of amazing reads! READ IT!
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better the second time This is the second time reading this series and I still feel like I am reading it for the first time. The love between Lena and Alex is something that I aspire to find one day. I feel like this is a story a lot of young women can relate to in a sense. It is about finding yourself and realizing who you want to be, not who society wants you to be. Again, great read.
Date published: 2015-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dystopian Reader's Heaven The book captures every essence of the world described and leaves you needing to read the entire series!
Date published: 2015-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A different world It was a really good book, read the the next one to.i loved the whole matching thing but Alex is perfect..
Date published: 2015-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excelent book I just couldn't put it down, it's certainly a must read.Just loved it, wonderfull book, definatly in my top 20.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delirium It was amazing , couldnt put it down . A great read! Can't wait too read the next book!I defiantly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a book so captivating. The only thing that could make it better is there was a movie!!!!!!!
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sooo good!!! Ugh! I just love this book. Fascinating take on love as a delirium! Can't wait to read more!!
Date published: 2014-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review This is another can't-put-down book. It has a really good plot and I can connect with the characters a lot!
Date published: 2014-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review I flew through this book. Very descriptive writing and compelling plot and characters. If you don't like cliffhangers, you will definitely be tempted to buy all the books in the series at once. My only complaint with Delirium is that I wish it was longer.
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Long winded I like the concept of of this book, but I had a very hard time getting into it. The last third was the easiest to read through without the need to skim entire chapters. I hope the next book is less wordy.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Long winded This book is amazing !!! It's actually really sad how these people are lead to believe that love is a disease ....
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Long winded I chose this book finding nothing else of interest but was pleasantly surprised. Very well written and kept me wanting more when I finished. A definite must read for anyone interested in a dystopian romance with a livable hero-heroine!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! What a wonderful book! So glad it was recommended! I really attached myself to the characters and loved the theme. Everyone can relate to, "wouldn't life be simpler if we didn't have to make such hard decisions?" I laughed, I cried and I completely lost myself. Great read!!
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Lauren Oliver did a great job of expressing the feelings of a teen love and even though you are not aloud to even think about boys or talk to them in Lena's world. The first book of the series "Delirium," it kept me wanting to read more and more each time I finished a chapter! I just love the point of view of this book and how Lena is a typical "good girl" but she started going to forbidden parties and falls in love with a boy named Alex!
Date published: 2014-01-07
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 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I love this series. I read Lauren Oliver's other book first then I looked into more books of Hers and came across the series. I couldn't put it down and I get bored with books easily
Date published: 2013-09-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Delirium Although I like the story, I thought there was to much reminiscing.
Date published: 2013-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic! I was hooked right from the beginning. Creative concept. Amazing main characters. Captivating plot. This book could make an amazing movie, I'd watch it over and over. Loved the book. Moving on to Pandemonium.
Date published: 2013-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great great book! I don't want to write a long review of this book, just wanted to share that this book is a great read and everybody who likes love stories and stories about different realities from ours should read it. Wonderful story! Can't wait to get started with Pandemonium.
Date published: 2013-04-30
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 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 @
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 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: View on blog:
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: View on blog:
Date published: 2012-03-14
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:
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 is all I can say, I've never read anything like this'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 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 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 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:
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

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Before I Fall: "Before I Fall is smart, complex, and heartbreakingly beautiful. Lauren Oliver has written an extraordinary debut novel about what it means to live-and die."