Book rating: 05 Hardback Delirium

By (author) Lauren Oliver

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins (UK)
  • Format: Hardback | 441 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 211mm x 38mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN 10: 0061726826
  • ISBN 13: 9780061726828
  • Sales rank: 30,629

Product description

Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't. Lauren Oliver astonished readers with her stunning debut, "Before I Fall." In a starred review, "Publishers Weekly" called it "raw, emotional, and, at times, beautiful. An end as brave as it is heartbreaking." Her much-awaited second novel fulfills her promise as an exceptionally talented and versatile writer.

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By Juhina & Farah 01 Nov 2011 5

I started reading Delirium because of the TBR intervention weekly Meme and I'm GLAD I picked this book. This book got me hooked from page one. I LOVED the protagonist, though at the beginning she was a bit too goody goody and followed all the rules, but as soon as she met Alex, everything changed. Alex was the one who opened up a switch to her brain, he made her see what life really is about, he showed her how to think of herself, he guided her, ever so gently, to the truth, even if it might hurt him. I loved Alex from the first time he was introduced. He winked! You know I'm always a victim of winks.

Hana was a character that I cautiously liked. At the beginning because she seemed to always have a mind of her own, speak out about things that are even forbidden to think about, and I felt like Hana would cause the problems. I was afraid of their friendship dissolving but in a way you can say that Alex saved that from happening. Towards the end I felt like Hana would be a hindrance to their plans. So you can see why I was very cautious about Hana, but in the end, she was a character you can't but love. Another Character that I loved and wish that maybe a spinoff would end up being created for is Grace. She's six years old and a resistor at heart! Lena loved her so much, and so did I.

The romance between Alex and Lena did not feel rushed, I usually have that problem with books, when the characters suddenly fall madly in love and I'm left thinking "When did THAT happen?" so I liked the pace of their romance, I loved how Alex took care of her, didn't push her, let her think for HERSELF, even though most of the time she was lost and confused, and I loved how no matter what in the end he would do anything for her. That is so heartbreakingly beautiful. Yes I've been infected, I have contracted deliria *gasp*, bring out the shackles and watchdogs and put me in Ward 6 now! (Joke you'll get once you read the book).

People said the ending would be jaw dropping, and that's exactly what happened. I was shocked, immobile, mentally counting the days till pandemonium is out. The book is phenomenal; a book I would recommend for anyone, romance, dystopian, contemporary lovers, it has a bit of everything really.

By Maryam H 14 Aug 2011 3

This is going to be one of those reviews where I know what I want to say but it's hard to put into words and get across so bear with me.
The idea or the premise of this novel would appeal to anyone. A world where love is seen as a disease that can be cured as soon as we turn eighteen. A world with no pain, no sadness and freedom. Who wouldn't at least want to pick it up.
But! But, it was hard to read. Here's where it gets hard for me to write...
The writing was excellent. It was packed with emotion where there should be emotion, it was nicely paced and it had fabulous description. However, as far as the emotional touches went, they put me off. Normally, a book like this should be emotional right? That's obvious. But if compared to other similar books, the emotional side normally makes me, as a reader, feel emotional. I mean, that's the whole point. Delirium didn't. It actually pained me to read at times.
Aside from that it took a while to get going but as soon as Lena meets Alex things start happening and certain aspects of the lie Lena has been living start to unravel. There are quite a few surprises throughout the book which I liked because they were completely unexpected and fit in well with the story.
Overall, I did like the novel and I'll definitely be reading the sequel.

By Megan Born 14 Mar 2011 5

Delirium is the first book I have read by Lauren Oliver. I still have yet to read Before I fall, but trust me when I say, It WILL be the next book I buy! As I said in my IMM vlog, I had Delirium on hold for a library e-copy. I am beyond happy that I went ahead and purchased this MAGNIFICENT novel!

For me, Delirium is one of those books that makes me want to shout about it from the rooftops! It is so beautifully written in a way that is just completely captivating. I was just so enamored with this book that it was very hard to put down. I found myself caught up in the emotion that the characters were feeling. I would catch myself actually holding my breath, without even realizing it! Oliver's writing is so very descriptive that it made me feel like I was actually in Portland, Maine watching the scenes unfold right there in front of me. While reading what Lena was going through, I felt the passion, the sadness, the hatred and the joy with her. It was an absolutely remarkable experience.

Lena lives in a world where the government has proclaimed that Love, otherwise known as amor deliria nervosa, is a disease that is "the deadliest of all deadly things." Lena's eighteenth birthday is approaching and then she will be old enough to have the procedure. The procedure that cures the disease. She will no longer be at risk of catching this horrible disease that causes so much pain and sorrow. She didn't want to end up like her mother, who committed suicide when Lena was young because she was infected with amor deliria nervosa.

Not long before her procedure is scheduled to take place, Lena's whole world gets turned upside-down when she meets Alex. She begins to doubt everything she has been taught. She goes from anticipating the "cure" to utterly dreading it. No longer so intent on doing everything that she is told to do.

The characters in this story were great. Lena, who started out the average face in the crowd, growing into someone she never thought she would be. Its such a remarkable transformation to 'see'. Hana, Lena's best friend, was equally as pleasing. The tall, beautiful, rich blonde who everyone stops and stares at. What I love about Hana is that even though she has all these things she could boast about, she is in no way snobby or thinks of herself as better that Lena. Alex, I really don't know how to put this beast of a man into words, but if your interested in finding out about him, Lauren Oliver does it best!

I cannot forget to mention the romance aspect of this novel. This is one hell of a love story! I'm not kidding guys, I was not expecting to fall in love with this story so much! Sometimes reading the romance parts in a novel bothers me. Not because I'm uncomfortable reading it, but because it can be too 'cheesy' or there is not enough romance to fully satisfy me with the story. Delirium was spot on.

Lauren Oliver did a fabulous job! I really just cant say enough about this book. If you have considered reading it, DO IT! You wont regret it :-)

By Natalie Ward 08 Feb 2011 5

Wow, what can I say - I loved, loved, loved this book and I don't want to be cured!

By Michelle Auricht 26 Jan 2011 5

Magdalena Haloway - Lena is 95 days away from being 'cured'. She will be 18.

Hana - Bff to Lena

Grace 6yrs old and Jenny 9 years old - Lena's cousin's children.

Rachel - Lena's older sister, needs a good slap.

Aunt Carol - Also in need of a good slap.

Alex - Gorgeous male lead with golden brown hair.

I had the best time reading this book. WOW!!! What an awesome, tense, exciting, nail biting read.

What an interesting concept to come up with. Love is a disease,
'amor deliria nervosa'.

Wow!! I am very excited for Lauren Oliver and this book. I highly recommend the read , the first in a trilogy.

Following blurb taken from Lauren's page:

Fox 2000 has optioned the rights to Lauren Oliver's New York Times bestselling young adult debut novel Before I Fall. This is Oliver's second novel to be optioned for film, after her upcoming January 2011 release, Delirium, was picked up in June.

I can so see this book as an exciting movie. Lauren writes with such clarity, visually , so easy to see the scenes. My heart was pounding on several occasions. I can not wait for book # 2 , 'Pandemonium'.

The ending to 'Delirium' , nearly killed me, in a good way. There were several scenes where I was literally holding my breath, reading, waiting ....... hoping. I want to talk about the story , but I just can't. If you feel unsure of the first couple chapters, where it's all going, just keep reading and the book blossoms into this emotional , rollercoaster ride.

Rules....are meant to be broken.


"Everyone is asleep. They've been asleep for years. You seemed... awake." Alex is whispering now. He closes his eyes, opens them again.
"I'm tired of sleeping."

For a while we stay there in silence. Alex rubs circles on my shoulders, arms and knees - anywhere he can reach, really, like he's desperate to maintain physical contact with me. I wish I could close my eyes and be blown into dust and nothingness, feel all my thoughts disperse like dandelion fluff drifting off on the wind.

"I love you. Remember. They cannot take it."

Review quote

"Strong characters, a vivid portrait of the lives of teens in a repressive society, and nagging questions that can be applied to our world today make this book especially compelling and discussable."--School Library Journal (starred review)