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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?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 33mm | 363g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061726834
  • 9780061726835
  • 72,425

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Lauren Oliver's powerfulNew York Timesbestselling novelDelirium the first in a dystopian trilogy presents a world as terrifying as George Orwell's 1984 and a romance as true asRomeo & 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?

Deliriumreceived starred reviews fromKirkusandSchool Library Journal, and was named a Best Book of the Year byUSA 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"
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Review quote

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

"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)

"Oliver's follow-up to her smash debut, Before I Fall (2010), is another deft blend of realism and fantasy...the book never loses its A Clockwork Orange-style bite regarding safety versus choice." -- Booklist

"In a thick climate of fear, Oliver spins out a suspenseful story of awakening and resistance with true love at its core." -- The Horn Book

"Oliver's deeply emotional and incredibly well-honed prose commands the readers' attention and captures their hearts. With a pulse-pounding tempo and unforeseen twists and turns, Lauren Oliver has opened the door on a fantastic new series; the second book can't come soon enough." -- New York Journal of Books

Praise for Before I Fall: "Oliver's debut novel is raw, emotional, and, at times, beautiful....readers will love Samantha best as she hurtles toward an end as brave as it is heartbreaking." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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)

Praise for Before I Fall: "Oliver, in a pitch-perfect teen voice, explores the power we have to affect the people around us in this intensely believable first novel...This is a compelling book with a powerful message and should not be missed." -- ALA Booklist

Praise for Before I Fall: "This story races forward, twisting in a new direction every few pages, its characters spinning my emotions from affection to frustration, anger to compassion. You'll have no choice but to tear through this book!" -- Jay Asher, author of the New York Times bestseller Thirteen Reasons Why

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
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About Lauren Oliver

Oliver, Lauren

Lauren Oliver is the cofounder of media and content development company Glasstown Entertainment, where she serves as the President of Production.

She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren's bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by Awesomeness Films. Before I Fall was adapted into a major motion picture starring Zoey Deutch. It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017, garnering a wide release from Open Road Films that year.

Oliver is a 2012 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee for her middle-grade novel Liesl & Po, as well as author of the middle-grade fantasy novel The Spindlers and The Curiosity House series, co-written with H.C. Chester. She has written one novel for adults, Rooms.

Oliver co-founded Glasstown Entertainment with poet and author Lexa Hillyer. Since 2010, the company has developed and sold more than fifty-five novels for adults, young adults, and middle-grade readers. Some of its recent titles include the New York Times bestseller Everless, by Sara Holland; the critically acclaimed Bonfire, authored by the actress Krysten Ritter; and The Hunger by Alma Katsu, which received multiple starred reviews and was praised by Stephen King as "disturbing, hard to put down" and "not recommended...after dark."

Oliver is a narrative consultant for Illumination Entertainment and is writing features and TV shows for a number of production companies and studios.

Oliver received an academic scholarship to the University of Chicago, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New York University.
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Rating details

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Our customer reviews

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 more
by Rainy Days and Pajamas
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, more
by Kristen Buchanan
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!show more
by Precious
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 more
by MissPageTurner
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