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Delirium [Paperback]

Lauren Oliver
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Jan. 30 2012 Delirium (Book 1)

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 smothered by a lie.


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“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) )

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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 smothered by a lie.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Jan. 26 2013
By Rebecca
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is okay and it's a creative idea but I find it kind of slow to follow and I have a hunch about what's going to happen and it just seems like it's taking forever to happen causing me to lose interest slightly but not enough to want to stop reading it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too many similes detract from story March 20 2012
By Agnesv
Format:Paperback
While the premise was interesting, overall I found the plot derivative (1984 and Equilibrium) and predictable. By the end of chapter one, I knew exactly what was going to happen, and wasn't surprised at all by the ending. While Ms. Oliver's writing style has potential, her use of similes is distracting to the point where it was an effort to keep reading. They are either strange (a bay surrounded by shore, like a belt cinching a waist) or cliché (...like a stone), and are found on nearly every page - sometimes as many as five per page. The one interesting side plot (Grace) is not developed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written May 2 2011
By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I'm not really sure as to what the hype was all about with this book. Even after finishing the book I'm still not quite sure what they hype is. I liked this book but I didn't. I can think of several reasons why I didn't like it, yet there's a balanced number of reasons why this book was good.

I liked this book because of the writing, and the character development. I enjoyed reading how Lena develops and learns how to fall in love. The plot, although slow moving and it's a fairly big book in YA standards, was good and it had all the characteristics of a dystopian society. There was so much lack of emotion (until Lena falls in love) that you can actually 'feel' bland and expressionless (almost like a drone) throughout the book. It's what takes up most of the theme through the book until love comes in. I liked the contrast though. You have the dark bland background, and then Lena comes in, blossoming like a flower with her new emotions. It's a really effective and interesting way of writing and I really did like that aspect of the book.

I really liked the storyline featuring Lena's mother and her mysterious death. It's left a dark mark on Lena's life so much it's no wonder she was looking forward to the 'cure'. The mystery surrounding her mother was really interesting and when you find out what really happened you feel the shock and awe through Lena.

The romance between Lena and Alex dominates through the book, and it was all right. I'm not much of a romance fan, they do have some type of chemistry however I still can't quite see them together though, they're not perfect by all means but it's not like they're wholly mismatched either. I liked the friendship Hana and Lena had together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Expectations are glad! April 2 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was totally satisfied by what I tought this book would be and it is PERFECT! I adore everything about it, really recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great March 8 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
this is a great book and it was delivered quickly :-) chose it for book club and all the other girls were jus like me - couldn't put it down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book Jan. 19 2014
By Medgirl
Format:Paperback
The book is so beautifully written. I could not put it down and can't wait to start the next one. Also, the story gives a lot to think about. Amazing!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 STARS... and that's a lot of stars!!! Feb. 24 2011
Format:Paperback
Wow... Wow... Wow! I have to say it, I think I may have found my new favourite book and that is saying something. Nothing usually beats Twilight for me in the romance area, but this one is right up there. I read this book in one day; I could not put it down! Immediately I was just drawn into the world of not being allowed to love and it lasted right to the last page where I left off. When I realised it was the end of the book... I was very sad to say the least. I do not want to have to wait until next year for book 2. Delirium had the same sort of feel as The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Matched by Allie Condie, of which both I loved. I guess with this one being so fresh in my mind as I just finished it I feel so passionate about how much I love it, but I swear it was amazing. I cried which is very rare in a book for me, I laughed out loud, my hands were sweaty and my heart was racing in some parts... especially the ending... For an author to pull me in that much, it makes me happy, that's why I love to read. This is a Great book. You must give it a try. It's a world we will never live to see or could even dream of... Forbidden love, it's a classic!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fall in Love with Delerium April 12 2013
Format:Paperback
This book puts you in a world where Love is forbidden and considered a disease. Everyone is given a cure when they turn 18, and assigned a career, marriage partner, income class and the amount of children they should have. A society that controls the books you read and the music you listen too. Every City is fenced in and guarded to protect the city from the Invalids. Invalids are people that have escaped the cure, and live in the wilderness. This story follow's Lena and her best friend Hana as they struggle to come to terms with their future as their 18th birthday approaches. Lena who has been looking forward to the cure because she desperately wants to feel normal finds herself falling for Alex an Invalid who is living within the fence. She struggles with her new feelings and her families past. Hana uses this time to rebel and experiment at underground parties. This book was easy to read and enjoyable, it puts you in a world that is similar to our own but also completely different. It was nice to follow Lena as she discovers love, and to see how much love can change a person. All three of the books in this series are worth reading, I highly recommend them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Writing, Great Story
I loved this book and I loved Oliver's writing.

Delerium is a dystopian novel where they've cured the disease of love and everyone is compliant and complacent and there... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Coreena McBurnie
5.0 out of 5 stars this was great to listen to
I have been wanting to read this book forever and so finally decided to listen to the audio book for three reasons. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Laura Fabiani
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
My daughter (15) recommended this book to me. She had read it a few years ago, and it was one of her favourite books. I can see why. Read more
Published 21 months ago by dm68
5.0 out of 5 stars Please don't cure me!
So a certain popular trilogy (rhymes with gunger hames?) had me turned onto distopian novels and I couldn't get enough of them. So I picked up Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Murph
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book!
A received many commentaries about how great this book was. I couldn't wait to read it. When I finally bought it, I was kind of deceived by the beginning. Read more
Published on March 30 2012 by Mélanie
3.0 out of 5 stars Three and a half stars, actually
This was a quick read, hard to put down. A good story and fairly well written, but on the heels of reading some other Dystopian fiction that I absolutely adored, I just had to give... Read more
Published on March 17 2012 by Laura Smart
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!!
I am really excited for the second book in this series, Pandemonium, to arrive on my doorstep! Delirium was SO SO SO good. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2012 by Lisa
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