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Delirium (Delirium Trilogy) [Paperback]

Lauren Oliver
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4 Aug 2011 Delirium Trilogy
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 suffocated by a lie.

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.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (4 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340980931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340980934
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (355 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, or connect with Lauren on Twitter ( and on Facebook (

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'In the same mode as Suzanne Collins in her Hunger Games trilogy, Oliver, too, posits a feisty, physically able heroine, giving as good as she gets, in a fast-paced YA thriller: this trend is a welcome one' (Independent on Sunday on PANDEMONIUM)

We're big fans of Lauren Oliver and this is the emotionally charged follow-up to last year's futuristic love story DELIRIUM. With echoes of Brave New World, we catch up with young heroine Lena as she attempts to survive in the dangerous Wilds . . . Now we just have to wait for the final episode in the trilogy. (Bella)

Thrilling and thought-provoking... Fast paced and consistently poignant, this tale quickly becomes hypnotically addictive. We almost missed our stop on the bus because we were so engrossed. Lena is a strong multi-faceted character and the future society in which she exists genuinely terrifying... A thoughtful, exciting and moving story that reminds us just how important love is. Devour it, then go and give all your friends a big hug. (Heat)

Crackling with tension, Lauren Oliver's follow up to DELIRIUM is as whip smart and addictive as her dystopian debut. (Marie Claire)

Prepare to become completely absorbed. (Glamour)

Oliver is a considerably better writer than the Twilight creator - an adept and occasionally courageous storyteller who can shock and awe with a well-placed twist. (Independent)

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

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49 of 51 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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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No cure for love ... 23 Feb 2011
By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
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Since her mother committed suicide rather than take the Cure, 17 year old Lena Haloway and her sister have lived with her aunt and uncle's family. The Cure is a surgical procedure to eradicate amor deliria nervosa (aka love). Everyone has the Cure when they turn 18. Lena will be Cured in 95 days and she believes it will leave her with a calmer, clearer view on life. But on the day she's assessed to determine her whole future life, Invalids (people who oppose the US government) pull a stunt that throws her into contact with Alex, a handsome boy who's had the Cure but nevertheless seems drawn to Lena. Soon Lena finds herself doing the unthinkable and allowing herself to develop the bidden disease of love ...

The first in a YA dystopian trilogy, Lauren Oliver has produced a lyrical novel around the idea of a society that views love as something dangerous that has to be stopped. The idea is great and Oliver does well in showing how this society would operate (essentially a mix of religious fundamentalism and science gone mad). I particularly liked the snippets from The Book of Shh (a mandatory text that warns of the symptoms and effects of love) that head up many of the chapters.

The writing's excellent, with Oliver using Lena's first person voice to describe the world and establish Lena's increasing sense of unease with the control exercised by the government over every-day life.


The book didn't grab me as much as I was hoping because the story itself is predictable. The way Alex and Lena's relationship develops holds no surprises (including Alex's big secret), revelations about Lena's family background are telegraphed in advance and even the ending is predictable given some of the literary allusions in the text.
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29 of 34 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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This story is one to put your other books on hold. Beautiful story and characters are inspiring. Love the book series.
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amazing story my daughter tells me
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If you're all about teen romances in dystopian worlds, then this book is just for you. The main character develops beautifully, think Bella Swan and add about a tonne of anxiety... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting to a point
I thought this was a wonderful book to follow on from the hunger games trilogy and the divergent trilogy. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I loved everything in this book! The suspense, the drama, it's romantic!
I gave it 5 stars as I think it was beautifully written and it deserves it.
Published 19 days ago by TK
5.0 out of 5 stars So good
The idea of love being a disease had me initially, but that doesn't explain how well the book is written.
It makes you question everything for brief moments. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Wiggs
5.0 out of 5 stars definitely recommend
Awesome read. Good for fans of divergent! Really great story line. Fast paced read in a day as I couldn't put it down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Strong, powerful, moving and deep. Great read with romance,action, friendship and much more. A MUST read!!! One of my favourite books!
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Great book, I am a massive bookworm so I love all books but I would definitely recommend this book to my friends and family.
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