Delirium

By Lauren Oliver
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The Delirium Trilogy: Book 1

11.78 Hours 02/01/2011 unabridged
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Lauren Oliver’s powerful New York Times bestselling novel Delirium—the first in a dystopian trilogy—presents a world as terrifying as George Orwell’s 1984 and a romance as true as Romeo & Juliet. In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn’t about to make the same mistakes. But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the wilds who lives under the government’s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Bestseller

A USA Today Bestseller

One of the 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Teens

Selected for the Spring 2011 Kids’ Indie Next List: Top Ten

Lauren Oliver’s powerful New York Times bestselling novel Delirium—the first in a dystopian trilogy—presents a world as terrifying as George Orwell’s 1984 and a romance as true as Romeo & Juliet.

In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn’t about to make the same mistakes.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the wilds who lives under the government’s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Brilliant! From the minute intricacies of the heroine’s love for running to the shades of gray which she begins to see as she realizes that all is not as it seems in her society, Oliver’s sophomore novel is a beautiful, rich story.” RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick)
“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
“Artfully detailed prose…Chilling epigraphs from the government’s rewritten histories begin each chapter, providing contextual propaganda so thorough that they’ve even reinterpreted the Bible to suit their message. The abrupt ending leaves enough unanswered questions to set breathless readers up for volume two of this trilogy.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[A] gripping dystopian novel…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
“In a thick climate of fear, Oliver spins out a suspenseful story of awakening and resistance with true love at its core.” Horn Book
“Oliver’s follow-up to her smash debut, Before I Fall, is another deft blend of realism and fantasy…Oliver’s masterstroke is making a strong case for love as disease: the anxiety, depression, insomnia, and impulsive behavior of the smitten do smack of infirmity…The book never loses its A Clockwork Orange–style bite regarding safety versus choice.” Booklist

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Reviews

by Jessica 9/13/2017
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Fascinating Post-Apocalyptic read!

The first book in another YA post-apocalyptic trilogy, Lauren Oliver’s Delirium puts you inside a world that views love as a disease in every aspect and is filled with characters that react and rationalize within this skewed school of thought. Sprinkled with just the right amount of suspense and surprises, Delirium kept me interested to the very end and left me feeling grateful for love, both the heartache and the happy endings.

Author

Author Bio: Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver captivated readers with her first novel, the New York Times bestseller Before I Fall, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. She followed that up with Delirium, the first book in her New York Times bestselling trilogy, which continued with Pandemonium. Oliver is also the author of Liesl & Po, a book for middle-grade readers, which received three starred reviews and was described as “a gorgeous story—timeless and magical” by Newbery Medal winner Rebecca Stead. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU’s MFA program, Oliver lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.78
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English