Delirium (Delirium Series #1)

Delirium (Delirium Series #1)

by Lauren Oliver


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The first book in Lauren Oliver’s New York Times bestselling trilogy about forbidden love, revolution, and the power to choose.

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 mistake.

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061726835
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Series: Delirium Series , #1
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 16,119
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lauren Oliver is the cofounder of media and content development company Glasstown Entertainment, where she serves as the President of Production.

She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren's bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by Awesomeness Films. Before I Fall was adapted into a major motion picture starring Zoey Deutch. It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017, garnering a wide release from Open Road Films that year.

Oliver is a 2012 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee for her middle-grade novel Liesl & Po, as well as author of the middle-grade fantasy novel The Spindlers and The Curiosity House series, co-written with H.C. Chester. She has written one novel for adults, Rooms.

Oliver co-founded Glasstown Entertainment with poet and author Lexa Hillyer. Since 2010, the company has developed and sold more than fifty-five novels for adults, young adults, and middle-grade readers. Some of its recent titles include the New York Times bestseller Everless, by Sara Holland; the critically acclaimed Bonfire, authored by the actress Krysten Ritter; and The Hunger by Alma Katsu, which received multiple starred reviews and was praised by Stephen King as “disturbing, hard to put down” and “not recommended…after dark.”

Oliver is a narrative consultant for Illumination Entertainment and is writing features and TV shows for a number of production companies and studios.

Oliver received an academic scholarship to the University of Chicago, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New York University.

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mtz1101 More than 1 year ago
Delirium had me from the first sentence: "It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure." I thought to myself, this is going to end badly. And I didn't mean it as the book was going to suck, I meant that it was going to end with me in pain for these characters. That prediction was dead on. Lena's life has never been normal. Her family has been surrounded by controversy due to her mother committing suicide when Lena was six and her cousin's husband being identified as a sympathizer. She now lives with her aunt Carol, tries to follow all the rules and stay under the radar. She is counting down the days to when she can receive the procedure that will forever take away all the pain and memories of everything that has haunted her all her life. For Lena, the procedure will mean a fresh start. A new, normal life. But how could she want anything different if she really doesn't know what love, the disease, could truly bring to her life. To her, all it has brought is abandonment. Enter Alex, with his hair the color of autumn leaves and his bright amber eyes. He is gorgeous, sweet and fun. They begin this incredible forbidden relationship full of love, trust and kisses. Lots of kisses. :D He shows her what love is really like. So what does she do now? Go on with life as planned, get "cured" and live out her predetermined future or risk it all for love, for Alex? The ending will leave your heart racing and, I daresay, broken. With all that being said, I absolutely loved this book! That's the best I can do on describing how I feel about it. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series, as the cliffhanger is hard to bear, but I guess I'll have to suffer along with everyone else. It was a page turner from start to finish and I suggest you go out and read!! :)
SuperBookish More than 1 year ago
Loved Delirium. kept me entertained all the way through.
Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
This is possibly one of the most difficult reviews I've ever written because, like many other people, I have been infected with amor deliria nervosa. Meaning: I loved this book. Delirium was an exquisite read. Lena's life, her world, is one of control and awareness. Her mother committed suicide when she was younger because she was afflicted with amor deliria nervosa - Lena vows to never be like that. She fears the procedure that will change her life forever, but she also welcomes it, wanting the normalcy that it will provide. Upon meeting Alex, a cured boy, things begin to change and Lena starts to see her world for what it really is. Lauren Oliver has crafted this dystopian world that, on the surface, does not appear harsh or cruel or bad. But underneath, below the blank faces and the shiny atmosphere, is a world where people are losing their emotions, the feelings cut right out of them. The setting of Portland, Maine is a character all on its own. I felt like I was right there, in Portland, smelling the ocean and feeling the salt on my skin. Oliver's writing is, for lack of a better word, breathtaking. Her characters are so human and filled with the life that the cure takes away. I was instantly taken with Lena and her desire to hold onto her mother's memory, but also to separate herself from it. She wants to be a good image in her family and knowing that the cure will tear her apart from her best friend Hana, is devastating. In Lena's world, love is a disease and diseases must be inoculated. When Lena begins to have deliria-like feelings for Alex, she begins to see reasons why there are Invalids and people who would rather die than lose themselves to the cure. It is terrifying and tragic and haunting and beautiful all at the same time. The premise of Delirium is so entirely captivating that I did not want to put the book down and I cannot stop thinking about it. Lena, Alex, Hana, even Gracie all tore into my heart and made me love them. If this is deliria, then I do not want the cure. Lauren Oliver's writing is stunning and the ending, oh, the ending, it killed me. I implore you to buy Delirium, open it the second you get it, and don't stop until you reach the back cover. It's amazing and incredible and this review does not do it justice. Opening line: It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure. ~ pg. 9 Favorite lines: Sometimes I feel like if you just watch things, just sit still and let the world exist in front of you - sometimes I swear that just for a second time freezes and the world pauses in its tilt. Just for a second. And if you somehow found a way to live in that second, then you would live forever. ~ pgs. 110-111 And this one: As I lie there with the hurt driving through my chest and the sick, anxious feeling churning through me and the desire for Alex so strong inside of me it's like a razor blade edging its way through my organs, shredding me, all I can think is: It will kill me, it will kill me, it will kill me. And I don't care. ~ pg. 166 *This is the e-ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may be subject to change before official publication
Victoria Viola More than 1 year ago
This book was...I dont even know how to describe it. Delirium was just gorgeous. Lena is a great main charactar and she changes so much throughout the book. Alex is just perfect. Hes so amazing and of course Lena would fall in love with him! The whole idea that love is a disease is genius...Lauren Oliver is a great writer. Before I Fall was also a great book amd I cant wait to read more of her books...especially in the Delirium trilogy. This book is a must read!
stormdog11 More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Right now this is my favorite book of all times. I just loved it! I finished it in two days and absolutely loved it. It was very emotional book. I laughed, smiled, and cried once at the end. But I loved it. Lauren Oliver is also my favorite writer of all times! I love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cried so much at the end. A beautiful love story, a sacrifce for love. I would definitely recommend.
pen21 More than 1 year ago
This book is great. They have found the cure for virus love. Everyone is required to be treated at 18. But not everyone thinks they should have the treatment. This first book in a trilogy sets up a world where scientists can remove the disease love, because love is an evil that must be eliminated. But not everyone thinks they should have the treatment. But it is more than love that is removed, it is emotion, pain, feeling. But is this the perfect world once the disease has been removed. Or is the Wilds, where the disease love still exists. Excellent read.
NookNerd More than 1 year ago
Lena has waited her whole childhood to become eligible for "the cure". To not feel pain, jealousy, want or more importantly LOVE. Love causes all the dangers in the united states. A united states without love is the best thing for all it's citizens. Lena grew up to believe this was true after watching her mother commit suicide, Lena is taught to believe that this is what happens when love takes control, it makes you do things, say things, feel things that you can not control and thus making you lose control of yourself and your actions. Lena has just a few months left when she reports for her boards, a test that will find her a mate and determine the rest of her life, how many children she will bear, if she will go to college, what her income will be etc. While taking her test she notices a boy in the observation deck watching her. Life takes many unexpected twists in this story and one of the biggest ones that Lena thought would never happen to her, she falls in love. Lena starts to feel things, do things and believe in things she thought were evil before. Alex teaches her that life doesn't have to begin with the cure but is already happening in the shadows of the Wild, where some of the uncured and invalids live, those who believe that a world without love is not a world anyone should want to live in. With time passing by getting closer and closer to her cure date Lena must decide if a world of predictability and going through the motions are right for her. Or if there is something else to live for, something else that a part of the United States has forgotten. Love. I honestly thanked my lucky stars I got an advanced readers copy of this book. Do not miss out on this title! Be sure to check out her other book "Before I Fall" as well!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Although to me it felt like Uglies and Matched rolled together.......but still pretty good book!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic!!! Lauren Oliver I swear has just become one of my new favorite authors!!! I swear my stomach was in knots the entire time I was reading this book, because I just couldn't stop! I t sucked me in and then I was hooked! I think that I am suffering from PDD (post delirium depression)! I wish I would have found this book earlier!!! I recommend this book to EVERYONE!!! I know that some people said that they didn't like it, but I loved it because yeah the main thing in this story is love, but still there is a crazed future version of a government and people who have been literally brainwashed. SO read the book! don't just listen to the comments make your own!!!!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had just finished the Hunger Games and was saddened to see it end. I realized how much I liked reading about these dytopia type books. So, I went in search of another book to fill the void. In my search, I saw several recommendations for this book. I decided to give it a try and was glad I did. It started off a little slow and took me some time to get invested in the characters, but midway through I was hooked. I love books with strong girl characters and at first Lena was not that strong, but once she sees the truth, her strength shines through. I also found it clever the way Lauren Oliver describes love as a sickness. The concept was unique and shows how people in control can spin things that are good into something to be fearful of. The second book gets even better and ends with a great cliffhanger. I can't wait until the third book comes out.
pagese More than 1 year ago
Put me in the camp of those who weren't sure Lauren Oliver's next novel would top her debut Before I Fall. I think with this one, she proven she has something to offer the young adult genre and will be here to stay. While I have to say I didn't like it as much as Before I Fall, it is still one of the best books I've read this summer and right behind my 5 star books for the best of the year. I highly recommend getting it as soon as it's released. I've really enjoyed books set in a future society. Although, I'm not sure why it's always rigorously controlled by whatever government system is in place. It always works with the storyline though, and this one is no exception. I think it's because everyone is so afraid to break the rules, that when they do it makes it that much more exciting. I love how the characters believe they live in a Utopian society, when actually the opposite is probably true. I do have to admit that for half the story I thought it took place in Portland, Oregon. I had a hard time adjusting my thinking when I realized it was actually Portland, Maine. I grew to love Lena by the end of the story. Some characters push the rules from the very beginning of the story. Lena fights it every step of the way. She's trying her best to be a model citizen and accept what's society has chosen to give her. I think she hopes by doing this, she can overcome her own families failures. She doesn't want to be different. Alex is wonderful. I knew what he was, but was surprise at how well he seemed to blend into society. I loved how he pushed Lena into finding out what she really wanted. He was always right there when he needed her most. I also enjoyed watching Lena and Hanna's relationship evolve. At first they were trying to accept how their relationship will be different after they are both cured by stepping away from each other before their operations. But, then they realize that how they feel about their friendship now is just as important. The story itself is beautiful. Oliver has a way with story telling that just captures you from the first pages. I picked it up and finished it less than 24 hours later (I stopped to sleep lol). The ending left me breathless and craving more. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is some of the ideas of this society weren't entirely believable to me. The idea that people could be cured of loved but then expected to raise a family just didn't sit well with me (I didn't buy into the idea of not experiencing love would prevent such incidents as children being drowned in the bathtub as explained at one point). I also was reminded greatly of Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. The story lines were very similar.
Owlmanafanatic16 More than 1 year ago
...I thought this would be the "It" book. The kind that will keep me interested til the end. The kind of book that I will remember 4 the rest of my life. ...None of that happened. ...When I first read the plot, I thought that I would enjoy Delirium. It seemed interesting. The city Lena lives is like any other city. I did not see a hint of dystopian or other stuff that looked from the future. I rarely read dystopians unless the technology is understandable. ...As I started reading, the story seemed to be interesting. The more I got into it, the more boring it got. Lena was always complaining. She didn't appeal to me as a strong heroine. She was boring and depressing. So were the other characters except Hana. Hana was the one I could relate to. She was the only character who appealed to me. ...All in all, this book was a no no in my perspective. I guessed I bought it because of all the hype it got. Note to self: Never buy a book that has too much hype. Also because I read Matched by Ally Condie and was hoping it would be the same. It wasn't. Matched was a million times better. ...The love took over the entire plot. When I read a book, I want the story to keep me interested. When love takes over, the story is boring. page after page, Lena always talked about love. Boring. ...If you want to read Delirium, go on and read. I don't want my review to give you a 2nd thought.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delirium is beautiful, heart breaking, mysterious which will draw the reader in. The main character, Lena lives in a world where love is seen as a terrible disease. It is seen as an infection that can be caught. Lena is obedient to what the goverment tells her and believes everything which is told to her. This all changes when she meets a boy named Alex. Lena learns what it is like to love and feels the pain. Risking her life many times just so she can be with him. When I was read the end of Delirium I was bursting in to tears. I just sat there wishing that somehow magically Lena and Alex could have somehow escaped the fence together and live a long, happy life filled with love. Then Alex would read her poetry each day and tell of all the fairy tales.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book could be good... and maybe it will get there... but I am 100 pages in and NOTHING has happened. The scene was set 70 pages ago, yet it keeps dragging the hell on. I just wish something would HAPPEN already.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book i have read from this author and i loved it! I read it in one day... i couldn't put it down. Highly reccommended if you enjoyed 'the hunger games' trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started off a little slow but wow did it really pick up!!! Some parts of the book were a little boring and I thought I wouldn't go on to wanting to read the rest of the series but I do because its so fantastic! The ending is unreal and well keep you up for hours!! I recommend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I almost cried when i got to the end. I would never be able to live like this, never aloud to show any true affection to even your family. Their society is really currupt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deliurim is a story about Lena Haloway, and waiting for her cure. This CURE, saves you from a diease called LOVE. In her town, caring and loving is frowned upon, if not forbbien. Until Lena finds herself suddenly falling for a boy, following her sister's footsteps. A very well developed story, this book may be a little too wordy. At times you may get lost in the overall outcome from the book. I, myself as a reader, had a mature opinion on love as a gift NOT an infection. The authour gives information in a way that beautifuly connects her ideas and thoughts. The ending was a little disappointing, considering the love of Lena's life. I really was expecting something to wrap up the book, and not egg on the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would not say that about just any book. I'm a huge reader,literly ive read the hary potter series 4 and a half times and memorised the movies. But this book is still #2pn my list of top 10 books.( harry potter is #1)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a love story at the core but unlike most romance novels which boringly revolve just around the couple and their drama - this explores ethics, politics and political resistance, freedom, justice and so much more. It faintly reminded me of 1984 by George Orwell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you just want to read something that’s familiar, but new. I love the teen-dystopia genre and this one hits all of the right buttons without being overwhelmingly similar to countless others. There was a taste of Uglies, Hunger Games, The Testing, and especially Matched. Overall a solid four of five, and I will be reading the sequel when I next feel nostalgic for one of these series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is well written but so stupid.... like "oh no imagine if LOVE was ILLEGAL????" yeah its called being gay and it was happening (and still is today) all over the world
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a fast paced book about a young trying to follow society s rules and her hearts rules...... great book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished this in two days love it