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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,, 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"show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 441 pages
  • 147.32 x 213.36 x 40.64mm | 498.95g
  • HarperTorch
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Special edition
  • Special ed.
  • 0062112430
  • 9780062112439
  • 47,594

Review quote

Praise for Before I Fall: Samantha s attempts to save her life and right the wrongs she has caused are precisely what will draw readers into this complex story and keep them turning pages until Sam succeeds in living her last day the right way. --Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)"show more

Back cover copy

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. "show more

Customer reviews

Lauren Oliver's unique plot, capturing storytelling and amazing characters has taken the dystopian genre to a whole other level... the thought of the government claiming that having any type of feelings of love - which causes hate, jealousy, depression and more - is the main cause of all of our problems (crimes, mental illnesses, suicides... just to name a few) seems so realistic. The first half of this book really made me question whether or not it was truly a possibility that 'amor deliria nervosa' may exist... Lena has had a hard life already and all she wants to do is follow the rules and get cured. Cured from a disease that she doesn't even have yet. But, falling in love, having all of those raging emotions, can be fatal. She knows it. She's seen it. And she wants to be 'cured' before it happens to her... before she is exposed to the deliria... before she meets Alex. Alex is everything that Lena has been taught to fear her whole entire life. A resistor. An invalid. But she feels some truth in the things that he says. And she compares these things to her childhood, to how her mother used to be... before she died, because of the disease. Though confused, Lena decides to think outside the box and explore her feelings and new knowledge. As the story moves along, Lena grows and accepts that not all things are what they seem. And that maybe, just maybe, everything that she has been taught to do and say is wrong. Everything about Delirium completely captured me: The concept and plot is so original, who would have ever thought that all things pertaining to love could be a disease! A disease that can be cured; where all you have to do is have an operation and you will never have any deep feelings for anything ever again. You will never feel love, anger, passion, sympathy, bitterness... nothing. How upsetting! Isn't it better to have love than to have never loved at all??? Heartache and all. The characters are so engaging and memorable! Lena, at first, is just trying to get by and then realizes that there is more out there than she ever knew. As things moved along, she grew stronger and stronger and was determined to figure things out for herself. Alex was charming - he never pushed and was understanding, to a point. He had his flaws and wasn't perfect - that's what made him even more charming to me. Lena's best friend was so full of life - I loved how she balanced Lena out. This is my 2nd Lauren Oliver book (my first was The Spindlers, which I absolutely loved!) - I knew that her writing would sweep me away into Lena's world. And I know that I am probably one of the last to read the Delirium trilogy, but I would still recommend this and will definitely re-read in the near future!show more
by Margie C
In Delirium, love is seen as a disease: Amor deliria nervosa. The people in Maine are kept tightly under control and everyone get a procedure done once they turn 18 to prevent them from falling in love - or really feel love at all in any form. Before they are married, boys and girls are not allowed to touch eachother. Our main character, Lena, is 17 when we first meet her. She is working toward the day on which she has her interview with the Regulators, who will decide with whom she will be matched for life. In that situation, she first sees Alex. And eventually Lena does the unthinkable: she falls in love. First up, let me say how much I loved this book. Our protagonist is a 17 year old girl who's mom is said to have killed herself because of the fact she loved a man. Love is considered distructive in this society, which is the reason for the procedure that every 18 year old will have in order to rule out the fact that they can love. This idea is so cuel! The idea was a little similar to Matched, in which Officials match people to their partner for life, but I found Delirium to be of a completely different caliber. The storyline took little time to develop and I immediately felt with Lena. Lena was a good protagonist; she was a little insecure, but easy to relate to and easy to feel with in the story. When we meet Alex, I found him to be perfectly well described - from the color of his hair (atumn leaves) and his cheekiness (winking at Lena while Regulators are in the same room) and I found him to be a great love interest. Lauren Oliver has a great writing style and I found myself to be sucked into the story really quickly. This second novel from her hand has certainly not disappointed me, quite the contrary! And the ending.. What are you doing to me, Lauren?? I flipped the page multiple times, sure there had to be more to the story. There wasn't. I can only say: what a cliffhanger!! Lauren Oliver is a great author and Delirium is the second book that proves she's a five-star writer. After Before I Fall, I thought nothing could come close - but I couldn't be more wrong. I devoured this book and I honestly cannot wait til it's 2012 - because that's when Pandemonium will come out! (this review was written in April 2011)show more
by Daphne for Loving Books
Delirium is the first dystopian book I've read and honestly, I couldn't ask for a better host into this genre. It was everything, everything I was expecting and much, much more. I'm sure most of you know what this book is about but allow me to share it with more people, or at least with myself so I will remember how much I loved this book. We begin with Lena explaining, in a few sentences, what is going to happen in ninety-five days: she will be cured, released from the most terrifying thing in the world... love. And she can barely wait for it to happen. She knows how awful is to fall in love, her best example was her mother, a suicidal... a woman who got sick and suffered the consequences. But that's not going to happen to Lena, she is perfectly happy with her future. Love? Whatever, she doesn't need love, she knows what is best for her. You see, The United States of America is now a fortress: no one goes in and no one gets out. And when you reach 18 you will have the "procedure" that will change your life forever: no more feelings, no more pain, everything will be perfect and you will be pair with a person that suits your needs. You will have kids and your life will be predictable but safe. The day of her evaluation (a way to study who could be her pair and to know if she is "secure") she is with her best friend Hana. Completely different from her, Hana is strong and independent. And she knows that Love is not as bad as they say... In the middle of her evaluation (that is going terribly...) Lena is interrupted by a stampede of cows and during the confusion she saw him... a gorgeous boy that winks at her before disappearing. Alex is the one. The one that will make Lena's heart skip a beat, the one that will fill her stomach with butterflies, the one that will make her heart smile and feel... the one who will make her fall in love and get sick. So what? Now she is sick and she doesn't care, she is happy. But if someone gets to know they are in love their perfect society would kill him and make the procedure on her before time risking her sanity. In a personal note let me tell you something: I usually never pay attention to the quotes at the beginning of a chapter, they are, most likely not attractive for me but the quotes in Delirium? Pure perfection! Lauren Oliver creates each quote based on the world she built for Delirium and they are the best way to understand how this society works. I honestly never thought a quote could offer so much information, so much insight for a book. And the ending came so fast, so suddenly that I had to go back a few pages to make sure I wasn't missing anything. I can't believe I'm gonna have to wait until March of 2012 to read the sequel but I'm sure it's going to be worthy. A book that makes me smile, laugh and cry is so worth the more
by Alaiel Kreuz