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Delirium

Book rating: 05 Paperback Delirium

By (author) Lauren Oliver

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 441 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 201mm x 33mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 2 July 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0061726834
  • ISBN 13: 9780061726835
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 1,925

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Lauren Oliver's powerful New York Times bestselling novel Delirium--the first in a dystopian trilogy--presents a world as terrifying as George Orwell's 1984 and a romance as true as Romeo & Juliet.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 mistakes.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?Delirium received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal, and was named a Best Book of the Year by USA Today, Kirkus, Amazon.com, YALSA, and the Chicago Public Library and was selected as one of NPR's Top 100 Best Ever Teen Novels. Supports the Common Core State Standards

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By Rainy Days and Pajamas 27 Jun 2013 5

This book is just beautiful. The cover, the words, the characters, all of it beautiful. It's funny that in the world Lauren Oliver has created, love is a disease, something to be cured, and treated, love is exactly what I felt for Delirium. I absolutely loved it.

This is one of those stories that you don't read everyday. It was something new and exciting. Every word in this has you hanging, dying to continue and find out what will come next.

It was hard to imagine the world that Lena, Alex, and Hana live in. A world without love. It makes you realize how much it inhabits your life everyday and what it would be like without it.

And that ending! Lauren Oliver, how dare you!

I really cannot wait to sink into Pandemonium.

By Kristen Buchanan 22 Nov 2012 4

This book is aces. Seriously, this is a great read! It's one of those books where you literally have to know what happens next. I finished it within the span of a few hours, and I sincerely thank everyone who told me to read this book first! It's so interesting to watch Lena's transformation. She goes from this true believer of the cure, to this rebel. She's such an intriguing character. And than Hana, can I just say that I love Hana. She's a rebel until she needs to be, and to see Lena and Hana foil each other is pure genius on Oliver's part. This book kept me awake, and I love how original this book feels in a world where vampires and werewolves are quite dominant. Give this book a go, you won't be disappointed. I sure as hell wasn't!

Final Thoughts: All I think I need to say is, I've already placed my order for the next book. Read this, now.

By Precious 27 Apr 2012 5

The story world that Oliver built was a very believable one, backed up by the epigraphs at the beginning of every chapter. The concept of amor deliria nervosa was fresh, unique and so terrifying. Love, any kind of love, was a disease. Imagine any trace of affection erased from your world. It would be like talking to someone without really reaching out, without really connecting. The thought of being detached and being numb after getting cured, of not being the same person again, was too scary for me.

Lena was an average girl. She liked to call herself 'in between' - not pretty nor ugly, just plain simple. Her mom committed suicide after remaining tormented by the disease after three attempts to get cured and since then, her aunt Carol took her and her sister, Rachel, in. She lived with them and acted as polite and obedient as possible. She has been counting down to the day of her procedure, the day when she would be cured at last. She looked forward to it, wanted to be safe from the disease, wanted to be safe from the fate of her mother. Lena was a likable character but I have to admit that in the beginning, I didn't like her that much. But Lena started changing after she met Alex.

Alex was a guard working for the government. But there was something about his stance, his eyes and his words that convinced Lena that he was different. True enough, he was not a simple rule-following, rule-implementing guard, he was more than that. At first, there was just a mild attraction tossed in with irritation between the two. But his wild bright auburn hair, his gleaming eyes, his warmth and his natural charms made Lena fall for him. He was different from all the other boys - he was daring, thinking, laughing, feeling, and most of all, he was alive. Their relationship was the sweet first relationship sort with heightened intensity and urgency due to the danger and the risk they were in every time they were together but for the two of them, it was all worth it.

I loved how Lena grew in Delirium. In the beginning, she was so eager to get the cure, so eager to be saved from the possibility of her having amor deliria nervosa and so against breaking the rules. But meeting Alex changed her in a way that meeting other people couldn't and wouldn't possibly do. She fell in love with him and amor deliria nervosa - the very thing that she wanted to be saved from - changed her. Together with Alex, she broke the rules, embraced freedom, life and love, and saw the world through a different lens. Instead of seeing a safe, secure and peaceful world, she saw an unfeeling, numb, detached world. Everyone seemed to have a bubble surrounding them, protecting them from the rest of the world and at the same time, preventing them from really touching, reaching out to people on a deep, emotional level.

Delirium is a beautifully written dystopian romance that will sweep you off your feet. I love, love, love Lauren Oliver's writing. It's too beautiful! Fans of Matched by Ally Condie and Before I Fall will love this one. However, this book is more suited for readers who aren't looking for a kickass, action-filled, fast-paced dystopian. Delirium dwells on every moment of Lena's life. Imagine pausing a video and zooming inside the character's mind. I think that's the best way to describe it. I highly recommend it!

By MissPageTurner 07 Mar 2012 5

I am tempted to extend my rating system to point out the unbelievable high status Delirium has claimed in my book collection. Even before I started reading Delirium I was nothing but excited and enthusiastic about this novel. Having the summary in mind, I expected this novel to be a rocket and it turned out to be a whole fireworks.

Lena is the girl who respects each single rule of the totalitarian system. Alex is the rebel who doesn't respect one of them. Lena and Alex fall in love. And I love both of them! Although I already knew our protagonist Lena has to meet someone, somehow and fall in love with that person, I couldn't wait for it to finally happen.

The story is told from Lena's point of view. She shares her thoughts with us and we live with her through months of enormous changes. She is struggling between her duty of social commitment and obedience and the new discovered option of free opinion and feelings. I felt a very strong connection to Lena and could always imagine how she's feeling. Alex is just the boy a society like Delirium's needs to get shaken to its very foundations: wild, passionate and empathetic.

As a physical, psychical and emotional free citizen I immediately realized the cruelty and deviance of Delirium's social model and restrictions so it was very interesting to read about Lena changing her mind, learning about new living standards, love and feelings at all.

Delirium has a large romance plot which isn't unusual for any other YA novel. But as the story around Lena and Alex is set in a dystopian world where America is shut down and love is considered as a disease, their romance isn't just unusual but dangerous, too.

The romance and star-crossed lover motive are thrilling because their relationship is risky even deadly, not supposed to be, so that Lena and Alex do not only have to fight their own feelings or their families but a whole society. Their fight against society holds an enormous potential of anxiety and adventure because there couldn't be an enemy more gigantic.

Delirium consists of a huge portion of excellent writing style. Lauren Oliver's writing style is vivid, throwing in a metaphor from page to page to benefit the novel's overall style. They beautifully enrich the tragic situation of story, setting and characters, never shooting over the top, never trying to play down or aestheticise society's cruelty. She puts the smallest and the grandest wonderful forces and objects together and matches them into something infinitely poetic and beautiful.

Furthermore Lauren applies many references and adjustments to our society. I'd love to mention all my favourite quotes, but I would only end up reciting half of the novel. The most hilarious and best satiric adaptation: the 4th of July, America's present day of opening and independence is their day of isolation.

At the beginning of each chapter Lauren Oliver quotes important moral guidelines of Delirium's society and so gives the novel authenticity.

This dystopian novel shows the result of a paralyzed society which blurs into a mass of standardized shadows and the need for opposing forces. There are only a few shining lights left, trying to save the world as we know it from loosing its heart, its feelings, its humanity.

Delirium is a novel of great feelings in a world in which feelings are forbidden! Start reading Delirium immediately and dive into an outrageous dystopian world, a captivating forbidden romance and into meaningful discourses of humanity and society!

I am going to re-read Delirium just now because I don't want to leave this world so soon. Delirium immediately became one of my all time favourite novels and you all need to read it! So I say, either you buy it or you borrow it just now! Go and get it!

THE VERDICT

No words, just tears... Delirium represents the pure beauty of emotions and words of a novel in which love is considered as a disease.

Review quote

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."--Carolyn Mackler, author of Tangled and The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, a Printz Honor book

Back cover copy

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