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Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.
Publisher: [New York] : HarperCollins e-books, 2011
Edition: Special ed
Description: 1 online resource
ISBN: 9780062114037

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ChristchurchTeens Jun 17, 2020

In a world where a government-mandated cure prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, Lena falls in love... which will have world-shattering ramifications. The first book in the Delirium series including Pandemonium (2012) and Requiem (2013).

Apr 21, 2020

I remember I didn't want to read this book because it was a romance novel. But I did because my friend wanted me to. And I couldn't have liked it any better. This dystopian novel makes us realize that we shouldn’t take things for granted considering other worlds have it different from us. What love is to us, it's a disease for the characters in the novel. Lena, the main character, is just like any normal person in their world, but when push comes to shove, she has to choose something over the other. Even though this is written in a different setting than we live in, the author makes it easy for us to relate to the characters and the problems she faces. I really enjoyed this novel and continued to read to finish the series. The first book, Delirium is just a start to what comes next in the series.

IndyPL_BethP Feb 03, 2020

Love makes people do strange things, wild things, illegal things, and can, at times, be a nuisance. Love takes us to the highest highs, and the lowest lows. But what if there was a cure for love? For all kinds of love – first love, puppy love, passionate love, love for your pets, love for your children, any kind you can think of. Would it make society a better place? Lena thinks so, and she can’t wait to receive the cure on her eighteenth birthday. However, ninety five days before her birthday, the unthinkable happens....Lena falls in love. And, with love being “cured”, there is no one she can turn to, unless she wants to be institutionalized for the rest of her life as “diseased”. What do you think? Would the world be a better place without love, and all the craziness that can accompany it? This book really makes you think about love, and its’ place in the world. Lauren Oliver is the author of Before I Fall, another book that really makes you think. She’s a great author with a fantastic way with words.

Nov 10, 2019

I have already read the first on and the second one And the third one. I was ready to throw the books across my bed room at some of the "OMG, I can't believe that had happened" or at the parts of " No, don't let it end like that" It was so good

Aug 15, 2019

If you love the Divergent Series and romance novels, you should definitely read this book! It was so good! I cannot wait to move on to the second book.

Feb 24, 2019

I'm so distraught right now, I need to read book 2 asap

Dec 03, 2018

The book was pretty boring in the beginning. The author should have added less detail and just get straight to the point. Honestly, the book only got interesting towads the end when Alex came into her life.

Sep 03, 2018

I loved this trilogy so much. it wasn't like anything else I've ever read before. Couldn't put it down!... definitely recommend

Aug 18, 2018

Very cliché and predictable, but the concept itself was interesting enough. The writing was rather weak as well, and didn’t give me a particularly big impact, but it was tolerable to a certain extent. Reminded me very much of the book Matched, by Ally Condie.

Feb 05, 2018

Ever since The Hunger Games and Divergent, people have been looking for the next big dystopian novel, Delirium is not it. In Lena's world, being in love is illegal, punishable by death. So when Lena falls in love with a boy named Alex she begins to question everything she's ever believed. I found the plot to be very similar to Matched by Ally Condie, in the sense that in both books, there is a type of futuristic society that plans out your whole life for you. Reading Delirium, there were parts in the book where I just couldn't put it down. Despite this, Oliver's excessive details although charming at some points did make the story line drag on for a hundred extra pages. One thing I will say I really enjoyed about the book was the ending. Although some may disagree, I found it refreshing from the more predictable plotline. Worth reading on a lazy Sunday. Rating: 3 stars
- @Ruby_Tuesday of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I didn’t expect to like this book, because it seemed all too much like other YA dystopias I’ve read before. Yes, the topic was a tad bit different, but these futuristic universes had failed all too many times for me to approach any new ones with positivity. But Delirium was like a breath of fresh air. Something about the relationships carved between characters made them all likeable and I appreciated the story that was being crafted so expertly. Lena was a good protagonist; some of the decisions she made weren’t the smartest, but it seems to me authors can’t hold back from making their characters do things to infuriate us readers. In a world where love is branded as a disease, can Lena ever find what her heart truly desires? Although a bit typical and predictable, a combination of Ally Condie’s “Matched” and Lois Lowry’s “The Giver”, this book will have you flipping the pages in anticipation! Rating 3/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Jun 28, 2020

“Everything I see and touch reminds me of him, and so everything I see and touch is perfect.”

Mar 24, 2019

"I'd rather die my way than live yours."- Lena

Mar 24, 2019

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

Jan 03, 2019

“Love: It will kill you and save you, both.”

Laura_X Apr 24, 2017

You can't be happy unless you're unhappy sometimes

Jul 07, 2016

"you can build wall all the way to the sky and i will find a way to fly above them"
"Its the way he say my name: like music"
"He who leaps for the sky may fall, its true but he may also fly"
"i've been so used to thinking of what the borders are keeping out i haven't considered that they're penning us in"

May 28, 2016

"This is my best friend...[who] once put her fist in in Jillian Dawson's face after Jillian said my family was diseased."

Jul 13, 2015

"You can't be happy unless you're unhappy sometimes."

Jul 13, 2015

"I'd rather die my way than live yours."

Jul 07, 2015

“Hate isn’t the most dangerous thing, he’d said. Indifference is.”

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Jul 23, 2015

This is a very interesting book that develops a characters essence and perspective about love.

Kadie2 Aug 17, 2012

In a world where love is a disease known as deleria, Lena looks forward to being cured from the disease.However, after setting eyes on a boy, she begins to see the truth of the world she had been living for seventeen years and realizes that love is not at all a bad thing. Determined to live the life she wants, she and her lover make a run into the other world, where self-expression and love is okay.

navy_eagle_78 Aug 14, 2012

In a society where love is forbidden, seventeen year old Lena falls for Alex.

Nov 09, 2011

We experience this world through the eyes of seventeen year old Lena. Her fear and nervousness about the procedure are only trumped by her eagerness to be cured before the disease inevitably infects her the way it did her mother. She observes her neighbors home vandalized because they are suspected of being sympathizers to rumored `Invalids' who reject the cure, the detached parents who never bond with their children and appear not to care when their child is hurt right in front of them, the sister who was dragged screaming from a secret boyfriend to the clinic to be `cured' and return later serene and calm with the telltale triangular scar behind her ear.

The most horrifying thing about this society is that no one fights back. Even Lena who witnesses some of the atrocities firsthand has been so indoctrinated by the government that she accepts this is the only way to stay safe. She does not come easily to the other side, and it's that painful, heartbreaking, utterly real journey that has so engrained Delirum into my mind.

Jun 24, 2011

I loved parts of this book, for instance, the way Lena's society has adapted childhood rhymes and Christian Bible stories to show the evils of love. I also loved the writing style of this book. Lauren Oliver's writing flows just as it did in Before I Fall, and is just as beautiful. Also, the characters of this book were believable and well crafted. I found it easy to empathize with Lena as she finds loves for the first time, and realizes there is an alternative to the love-less future offered to her by society. I loved Hanna and Alex too. Hanna is carefree and reckless, breaking the rules to party and dance before her inevitable surgery. Alex is Lena's love interest, a kind and gentle boy with a mysterious past. I also really liked Lena's mom in the flashbacks. I loved the scene where she closes the blinds and dances with her daughters.---See my full review here:

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.


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Nov 15, 2013

Sexual Content: References, and then they nearly do it

Nov 09, 2011

Violence: Its not really graphic but there is violence

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