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Delirium (Delirium Trilogy 1) (Delirium Series) by [Oliver, Lauren]
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"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)

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: "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)

"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, 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: "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

"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)

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)

"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 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 [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"

Review

'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 'An original and fast-moving read from a very talented writer.' -- Sun 'Amazing, unputdownable!' -- Grazia '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 '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 '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 'Delightfully easy to read, fabulously realised with depth and understanding, the characters run across the page like pixies. No wonder it has already been optioned for a movie.' -- MX

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1090 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (3 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KZOXJA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 473 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,216 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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 is a brilliantly conceived and written novel exploring themes used in other similiarly themed trilogies such as The Hunger Games, Matched and Divergent, where the government is all powerful and controlling and manages all aspects of it's citizens lives.

The overriding theme here is emotional control, and this case specifically focussing on the populace of Portland, Oregon where teenage citizens are sent to the laboratories at 18 years old to receive brain surgery, where they are left unable to feel love and other powerful emotions.

The story begins with Lena as the lead character very much looking forward to her appointment at the labs where she will interviewed to make sure she is suitable for her match and a 'disease' free citizen. However, gradually she has more and more doubts after meeting the boy who is watching at the laboratories as she sits before the panel there.

It took me a while to get into the story but once there I was hooked. I was impressed with the detail the author used to evoke the feelings of repression and fear felt by the people of Portland and the awakening of Lena to all of this. I did find the force of the brutality a little shocking and it just meant this was a more thought provoking novel regarding the power of such a authoritarian system,

I am not a teenager or a young adult but I really enjoyed this book, and am looking forward to the next instalment. I would recommend this highly to anyone who is a fan of this kind of science fiction fantasy and romance novel.
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