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Delirium [Hardcover]

Lauren Oliver
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3 Feb 2011 Delirium

There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it.

Then, at last, they found the cure.

Now, everything is different. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Haloway has always looked forward to the day when she'll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But then, with only ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable



Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (3 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340980915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340980910
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (402 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 386,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lauren Oliver captivated readers with her achingly beautiful first novel, BEFORE I FALL. She followed that up with DELIRIUM and then PANDEMONIUM - the first two books in her compellingly addictive trilogy. The eagerly anticipated final book in the Delirium trilogy, REQUIEM, will publish in Spring 2013.

She is also the author of two novels for young readers, LIESL & PO and THE SPINDLERS, delightful, scary and magical novels that are certain to become modern classics of children's writing. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Find more information at www.laurenoliverbooks.com, or connect with Lauren on Twitter (www.twitter.com/OliverBooks) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/LoveDelirium).

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'For proper, spellbinding immersion pick up a copy of Delirium.' (Herald Summer Reads)

Lauren Oliver is the rising star of young adult fiction... [Delirium] deftly conjures up a recognisably dystopian parallel to our own world, as convincingly terrifying as the North America of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. (Sunday Times )

Prepare to pull a sickie and be rooted to your chair with one of the most addictive books we've come across in ages.... A recklessly romantic, smart, poignant and tense read from one of the most exciting writers around... Clever, moving and incredibly addictive. (Heat)

'I didn't leave my bedroom all weekend after I picked up this Margaret Atwood meets Twilight novel. Ah-ma-zing.' (Grazia)

'An original and fast-moving read from a very talented writer.' (Sun)

An original and fast-moving read from a very talented writer. (Sun)

'This has to be one of the most original fiction concepts for a long time.... Brilliantly constructed . . . will leave you with your heart in your mouth . . . It will stir up the emotions that remind you why you bother with love at all.' (News of the World)

'Amazing, unputdownable!' (Grazia)

'Once again, Lauren Oliver masterfully creates new worlds and characters that leave the reader little choice but to be swept up and away. 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)

The transformation of Lena's character from start to finish is amazing, and Oliver's words really tug at your heartstrings. Highly recommended. (Press Association)

'The transformation of Lena's character from start to finish is amazing, and Oliver's words really tug at your heartstrings. Highly recommended.' (Press Association)

A dystopian Romeo and Juliet story that deserves to be as massive as Twilight. (Stylist)

'Lauren Oliver is the rising star of young adult fiction... [Delirium] deftly conjures up a recognisably dystopian parallel to our own world, as convincingly terrifying as the North America of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.' (Sunday Times)

A beautifully written and wonderfully addictive book that fans of Margaret Atwood will devour. (Best)

Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall was one of Bella's favourite books of last year and this follow-up doesn't disappoint. (Bella)

'A beautifully written and wonderfully addictive book that fans of Margaret Atwood will devour.' (Best)

'Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall was one of Bella's favourite books of last year and this follow-up doesn't disappoint.' (Bella)

Hugely compelling and addictive, this has massive commercial potential. (Bookseller's Choice, The Bookseller)

This has to be one of the most original fiction concepts for a long time... Brilliantly constructed... will leave you with your heart in your mouth... It will stir up the emotions that remind you why you bother with love at all. (News of the World)

'This novel had me glued to my bed from start to finish; I whirred through 450 pages in less than 24 hours' (http://www.easyliving.co.uk)

'Finished reading Lauren Oliver's book Delirium. A beautiful read. Can't stop thinking about it.' (Fearne Cotton)

'A dystopian Romeo and Juliet . . . Lauren's Oliver's futuristic vision, set in an alternate but recognisable America, is chillingly realised.' (Marie Claire)

'The setting for this clever, imaginative novel is a society in which love is treated as a disease... With a pacy, absorbing plot and a cast of engaging characters to revel in, Delirium also raises all manner of talking points: relationships, the role of the family, state intervention, friendship, loyalty, individual freedom. The movie must surely be just around the corner.' (Daily Mail)

The setting for this clever, imaginative novel is a society in which love is treated as a disease... With a pacy, absorbing plot and a cast of engaging characters to revel in, Delirium also raises all manner of talking points: relationships, the role of the family, state intervention, friendship, loyalty, individual freedom. The movie must surely be just around the corner. (Daily Mail)

'A dystopian Romeo and Juliet . . . Lauren Oliver's futuristic vision, set in an alternate but recognisable America, is chillingly realised.' (Marie Claire)

'Part The Handmaid's Tale, part Twilight, we're addicted.' (Fabulous Magazine)

'A dystopian Romeo and Juliet story that deserves to be as massive as Twilight.' (Stylist)

'Prepare to pull a sickie and be rooted to your chair with one of the most addictive books we've come across in ages . . . A recklessly romantic, smart, poignant and tense read from one of the most exciting writers around... Clever, moving and incredibly addictive.' (Heat)

'Hugely compelling and addictive, this has massive commercial potential.' (Bookseller's Choice, The Bookseller)

'I can honestly say that I now know why everyone's been raving on about Lauren Oliver! Delirium is a wonderful beginning to a new dystopian trilogy. If you're looking for some great dystopia to fill in the void after the last book in The Hunger Games trilogy then I strongly recommend you to check out Delirium... This story has it all; action, romance, tragedy, angst and more.' (http://escapeinabook.blogspot.com)

'Lauren Oliver is an incredibly talented author, and Delirium is one of the most captivating and intriguing novels I've read in ages... The result is an immersive story with an action-packed ending' (http://forbookssake.net)

'This thought-provoking novel, the first in a new trilogy, will have you gripped from start to finish. But be warned: the cliffhanger will leave you desperate for the next instalment.' (Sun)

'A beautiful novel. It's such a page-turner, and beautifully written.' (Fearne Cotton (Heat))

'You know those books that keep you thinking about them long after you've read them? Well, Delirium is one of those books. Months have passed and I still find myself thinking about it.' (Little Blog Book)

'An amazing, thought-provoking read, with beautiful prose and fabulous characters.' (Planet Print Blog)

'Another original story from Lauren Oliver. She's a terrific writer. A fantastic read full of twists, turns, humanity and, yes, love - this one has it all.' (Cairns Post)

'Delirium's ending leaves the reader poised for a sequel and Year 8 and 9 girls will await it eagerly.... a book that many students will really enjoy. I found the descriptions of the stages of the 'disease' of love put out by the state really interesting. They do manage to make love sound hard and hurtful!- as it often is!- I'm glad Oliver shows us a fuller picture of amor deliria nervosa.' (English in Australia)

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Following the phenomenal word-of-mouth success of BEFORE I FALL, Lauren Oliver's groundbreaking and emotionally wrenching story will resonate with readers young and old.


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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delirium Review 8 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Delirium is a book about a dystopia in the not-too-far-away future. It's based around the whole idea that love is a disease that will ultimately kill you. To save you from `amor deliria nervosa', as it is known, on your 18th birthday, you are `cured', in what is effectively a lobotomy. Our heroine, Lena, is excited, counting down the days until her cure, since her mother died because of the disease, and her sister had been infected by it as well. But everything is not perfect, in this society; there are the Wilds, where the Invalids, the uncured live. There are people who get around the censors, who hold parties where uncured boys and girls illegally mix, the sympathisers, and the Invalids who live in society. Then one day, Lena meets Alex, and her whole life is turned upside-down.

The characters are strong, no-one feels, how do I put this, plastic, fake, like they were rushed up when they were needed, just because. Everyone fit, even the minor characters had a back story. The three characters, especially Hana and Lena, are extremely well developed. Their personalities are really strong, that you feel you understand them, even when it gets flipped upside-down, you feel you know them, and above all you know why. Not many books I've read have done this so well.

If you're looking for a fast action-filled book, this is not your kind of book. It's the first of three books, so works more on character development than all out action, which I'm grateful for; I don't think it would work as a stand-alone book. I myself am a young teenager, but this doesn't make my review any less worthy, in fact, I'm the target audience, so if anything, my review should count just as much as anyone else's. I've learnt patience, and am an avid reader, although I read mainly fiction.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delirium by Lauren Oliver 3 Feb 2011
By Amber
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
After reading Lauren Oliver's debut YA novel Before I Fall - and loving it - I was extremely excited to find that she was bringing out a second book this year. And, to make matters even more exciting for me, the book was going to be a dystopian YA novel. As you can probably imagine, there were various happy dances, lots of childish laughter and multiple instances in which I ran around the house telling anyone who would listen.

Shortly after, I decided to have a look on NetGalley and was absolutely amazed to find that they offered a galley of Delirium for review. Yes. I was in heaven. So I requested the galley, received it, and here we are.

I started reading as soon as I could, and found that - as with Before I Fall - I just couldn't put this book down. Not that I tried that hard, mind you.

The book begins with our main protagonist, Lena, introducing us to her world. It quickly becomes known - and by quickly, I mean in the first couple of lines - that in this world, love is considered a disease and must be cured at all costs. We immediately get a feel for what this world is like, and then as Lena and her best friend Hana prepare for their evaluation we learn even more. And what an interesting world it is.

The plot takes off immediately, and doesn't stop. At no point did I find that I was forcing myself to read this book, as the non stop action and events kept me going. The characters were brilliant as well.

Lena is an interesting main character, with a complex back story thrown in. Her views on relationships and love somewhat annoyed me to begin with, but I did understand that this was the way that she had been raised. And if I had been brought up in that society, I would be hesitant to get too close to anyone as well!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great idea! 24 May 2012
By Laura
Format:Paperback
I absolutely love the idea of love as a disease because I think we've all been there, haven't we? We've all had someone get under our skin and fester there feverishly like some kind of viral invader. We've all felt breathless, got a case of clammy hands and cotton-mouth. We've all had trouble sleeping, felt the lethargy, had trouble eating or focusing all because of that crazy li'l thing called love. So love as a disease? Yeah, I can buy that.

What bothered me about the book (and it's a teeny niggle because overall I liked it) was the lack of real control that the society really had over its subjects. It uses lies and fear as any Big Brother should, but there was only minor evidence that they were anything more than just a menacing bogeyman used to keep the kids in line. I found that Lena and Alex (the boy she falls in love with) got away with far too much in a society which had supposedly battened down the hatches in order to guard against the big bad wolf which is love.

Those of you who read my review of Oliver's first novel, Before I Fall, (read it here) will know that I had a problem with the protagonist of that book. Well, the same goes for Lena in Delirium. Once again I began the book despising the voice of the story. She was weak, frightened, controlled and kind of a pain in the ass! But Oliver makes you sympathise with Lena, just as she made you warm to Sam in Before I Fall. If the personal, emotional journey that characters go on is the most important part of a tale, then Oliver is damned good at spinning a yarn. In both of her books now, the character you begin the book hating, grows up, changes and learns from the conflicts thrown at them. You may not grow to love them, but you certainly grow to admire them, to sympathise with them and to cheer them on.
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I love this book so much. It is about sacrifice for the ones you love and how u can't live without love. I would recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved it and immediately bought the rest of the trilogy
Couldn't put it down. I absolutely loved it and immediately bought the rest of the trilogy. The first book is the best, but I liked them all. Read more
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amazing trilogy! read the series more than once, highly recommend it!
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This is a dystopian novel. If you don't know what that means, a dystopia is a society that is frightening or undedesirable to live in. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
The plot of this book is both enticing and frightening. I enjoyed the different writings at the beginning of each chapters and the characters are well developed with rich... Read more
Published 25 days ago by shannon
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What struck me most was how utterly beautiful Lauren Oliver's writing is. Seriously. It's so beautiful. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Catherine (The Book Parade)
2.0 out of 5 stars Wrong book for me.
Not my kind of story. Sorry couldn't finish the book as it's story is too Sci Fi fiction.
Published 1 month ago by Ivan Buick
5.0 out of 5 stars Amor deliria nervosa and the war against our true self
Lauren Oliver's Delirium is the epitome of the kind of unforgettable story that manages to pervasively entrench itself upon every idle thought long after its completion. Read more
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