Delirium

Delirium

Book - 2012
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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 : Harper, 2012, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061726828
9780061726835
Branch Call Number: YA OLI
YA OLI
Characteristics: 441 p. ; 22 cm

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GCPL_Teen Jun 30, 2017

Have you ever felt like your parents are trying to keep you from falling in love or from being with your SO? Imagine living in a world where love is totally suppressed. This dystopian novel is about just that.

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lb9034367
Mar 13, 2017

The book starts out kind of slow but picks up a chapter or two in. The ending was disappointing and abrupt, hopefully there are more books coming.

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LoreLegend
Feb 01, 2017

Haven't even read it but have fallen in love with the storyline. I need to read it soon.

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ella_3
Dec 30, 2016

This was an amazing book! It is about Lena in a future where people get surgery to get rid of the deliria, love. At first Lena follows all the rules, but as she learns more about her history she resists the system. The ending was unexpected!

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blue_dog_8329
Sep 04, 2016

Great book! Lena seems to grow as a character, and I also had grown to love Alex as well! Hana seems to bother me just a bit though... Can't wait for the next book!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 16, 2016

Delirium is a dystopian fantasy by Lauren Oliver that follows the main character, Lena Haloway, through her life in a world where love is considered to be a disease. Convinced by the government that love, or more commonly known as "the deliria", is a horrible disease that could destroy a person, Lena looks forward to her procedure that will take place after she is eighteen. Although this story had a solid plot, it was easily predictable, and we read as Lena falls in love with a boy named Alex, who lives in the wild and has not had the procedure done to him. We see Lena’s character develop from a fearful, brainwashed citizen to a new, independent woman who can think for herself, and starts to question the ways of her old society. Lena and Alex’s love strengthens throughout the novel, and Lena suddenly finds herself dreading the day she is cured. There is a slight hint of suspense as Lena and Alex are discovered to be flirting one day, and Lena is taken away and the date for her procedure is moved up. While Lena is bound to her bed at her house, unable to move, Alex saves her just in time before her procedure is about to take place. While this story is relatively similar to other love stories, with the “forbidden love” theme, Oliver does add a slight twist where all love is forbidden. This book does, however, have what almost all forbidden love novels do: The ‘let’s run away together’ cliché, as Alex and Lena decide to run away to the wilds together. With no spoiler here, we read as things don’t turn out as planned. Overall, I enjoyed this book, and I would recommend to others.
- @Alicat15 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

One of my favorite authors Lauren Oliver released this book after "Before I Fall". This book takes place in another dystopian world, (which are my favorite types) where love is considered as a dangerous disease that is very deadly. However, this society has developed a cure that would keep people safe by no longer allowing a person to love anyone. “Love, the deadliest of all deadly things: it kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.” The main character, Lena Haloway lives with her uncle, aunt and cousins in Portland after her mother was broken by love. Because of this, she looks forward to her 18th birthday so she can receive the cure and abide by the rules of this alternate United States. Until she meets a guy from the Wilds named Alex who is closely monitored by the government. Lena then starts to feel all the emotions and thoughts that people fear. "Love." An emotion that could get both Alex and Lena killed. Delirium is such an emotional and touching story that makes reading it a strong and mellow experience. This book is the first of three books in the series and I promise you that you would want to read all 3 once you finish this first one. These series are great for someone who are just starting with dystopian novels. This book totally crawls itself into your heart and stays there, leaving you gasping and in awe. Oliver's writing is beyond exceptional, her writing describes every setting so vividly, allowing readers to feel like they are actually in the book. Warning: The ending is very surprising and overwhelming.
- @Sller123 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Nymeria23
Jan 05, 2016

A world without love. The mention of it can get you tossed in jail, everyone is taught that it is a fatal disease and city citizens are cured of it at the safest possible age. Everyone is terrified of amor deliria nervosa, but none so much as Lena. Her mother got it, and because of love, she committed suicide. She was abandoned with her sister, left to the care of her aunt, and listening to the pity-filled voices of disgusted friends who couldn't believe her mother couldn't be cured. Though Lena knows the truth. While her mother had her procedure 3 times already, the reason behind her actions was amor deliria nervosa, and Lena can't get it out of her head that her mother would rather die than forget her love for her children and Lena's deceased father.
Counting down the days until her operation with excitement, Lena can't wait to be free from the threat and danger of love. That is, until she becomes infected.

This book is a journey as Lena opens her eyes and heart to the feeling of love, navigating the secrets and danger of the society she used to trust wholeheartedly in, and coming to terms with how irrevocably her life has changed. But has it changed for better? Or for worse?

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Nadia2121
Oct 01, 2015

I enjoyed Matched and expected Delirium to be similar. I was wrong, Delirium is amazing and has more depth the selection series. It catches you in with bold ideas and the characters are real and interesting. It is an amazing book! but the ending that was just mean. :(

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chloe_chen
Aug 21, 2015

I expected this book to be like Matched (which I found to be very cliché and boring), but was totally surprised and amazed at how interesting and engrossing Delirium was. The idea of love being a disease, and people forced to be cured from it, was original, and Lauren Oliver managed to make the book different and unique than other teenage dystopian future stories. The characters had realistic thoughts, personalities, and did actions that would seem reasonable in the real world. I personally enjoyed this book, and thought Lauren Oliver did a great job writing it. Would recommend!

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Devroop
Jul 23, 2015

This Book was a very interesting and different book to read. Its interesting to read about love being a disease.

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Sep 04, 2016

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Jun 03, 2015

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Jun 11, 2014

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Mar 30, 2014

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Laura_X Apr 24, 2017

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

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mstahl157
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"

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white_fox_243
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."

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sunshine0623
Jul 13, 2015

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

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sunshine0623
Jul 13, 2015

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

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hedgehog13
Jul 07, 2015

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

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hedgehog13
Jul 07, 2015

“I guess that’s just part of loving people: You have to give things up. Sometimes you even have to give them up.”

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greenhungergames
Jun 03, 2015

"Mama, mama, help me get home. I'm out in the woods, I am out on my own. I found me a werewolf, a nasty old mutt. It showed me its teeth and went straight for my gut. "Mama, mama, help me get home. I'm out in the woods, I am out on my own. I was stopped by a vampire, a rotting old wreck. It showed me its teeth and went straight for my neck. Mama, mama, put me to bed. I won't make it home, I'm already half-dead. I met an Invalid and fell for his art. He showed me his smile and went straight for my heart." "Remember I love you. They can't take it."

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crazycoolbff
Sep 03, 2014

"Want to dance", he teases.

"There's no music", I say.

He shrugs, winks,holds out his hand.
"Music is overrated", he says.

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HLINGUM
Jul 27, 2013

You have to understand. I am no one special. I am just a single girl. I am five feet two inches tall and I am in-between in every way.
But I have a secret. You can build walls all the way to the sky and I will find a way to fly above them. You can try to pin me down with a hundred thousand arms, but I will find a way to resist. - pg. 440-441

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Devroop
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.

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Mahala
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.

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juliabrillinger
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: http://throughthebookvine.blogspot.com/2011/03/delirium.html

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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sapphicatthedisco
Nov 15, 2013

Sexual Content: References, and then they nearly do it

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Mahala
Nov 09, 2011

Violence: Its not really graphic but there is violence

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