Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Welcome to Lena Halloway’s world.  Lena lives in a society that is carefully managed and monitored by the government.  Long ago this society came up with a cure for deliria (love) and feels that their world is better for it.  After all deliria (love) is nothing but a discussing disease that affects the brain…. it causes you to be unable to sleep, have anxiety, irrational thoughts, and do things you would normally never consider doing if not for the deliria.

Oh – I remember the first time I had deliria…I think I was 15 and the symptoms listed here are right on…. that inability to sleep, irrational thought, and I may add the need to speed dial said boys phone number at least 20 times a day and at inappropriate times at night…


And when you put it that way, Lena has to agree who would want to go through that?  The society “cures” you when you turn 18 by running an operation that leaves you no longer desiring love.  After the procedure is complete the government will line you up with someone who they feel will be a good match for you and you will be married and live happily ever after with your X number of children, all without the annoyance of deep emotion.  Why would the government steer you wrong?

Lena has 95 days before her cure and she ready to move into her future, counting down the days.  After all everything she needs to know is in the book of Shhhhh, and all the warnings she needs is in the banned book called Romeo and Juliet which is not a love story at all but an example and a warning as to what happens when you are infected with deliria.

Then one day everything changes when Lena meets a boy named Alex.  Alex is mysterious and self-confident and when Lena is around him she feels her heart race and her and her skin turn hot…. surely this is the start of the fever that infects a person with deliria!  As Lena spends more time with Alex, carefully dodging the ever watchful eye of her aunt and the others who have been “cured”, she starts to wonder what really is true, and what will be the ultimate cost of freedom in a society that does not believe in choices.

Me and Lauren Oliver

Laurel Oliver has done it again.  Delirium is a story that I was not sure about picking up (much like her first novel Before I Fall).  I didn’t know if I would like the subject matter and when i first heard about this book I felt it had a techy feel to it that I was not sure was for me.  Yet I had to admit that it took me a while to pick up Before I Fall as well, and I came out of that read gushing about the inner story line and deeper meaning of the book. 

While Before I Fall and Delirium are too very different novels, I felt the same about them.  Yes they are YA and I can see how they would really appeal to the YA ‘s out there and that can be enough – but in each book I ended up finding something deeper within the story.  In Delirium I am thrust into the knowledge that some day society may try to control that in which we now count as rights and freedom. 

I enjoyed Lena for her strong will and her “succeed or die trying” attitude.  Even when Lena is trying hard not to love (oh by the way – that word is a banned word!) it still shows through in her friendships and of course, eventually with Alex. 

I closed this book knowing there was more to be said.  And thanks to Twitter, I quickly learned that yes, Pandemonium (scheduled to be out Feb 2012) will be the title of the second book and this series will end with Requiem.

Amazon Rating

Good Reads

I have updated the 2011 WHERE Are You Reading Map to include Delirium

I received this book through Netgalley and I am

thrilled to say it is the first book I have read on my NOOK

36 thoughts on “Delirium by Lauren Oliver

  1. You finally finished your first Nook book! You’ve posted some about how you haven’t used it as much as you expected, but will you post again, on the reading experience?

    1. I know – super excited about that! 😀 I mainly wanted it for traveling and New York was the first trip I had the opportunity to do that. I go to Chicago in a couple weeks so it will be geared up again.

      I do want to do a post about it, definitely. Need to get through all the BEA posts this week and next week is the Blogiversary (ssqquuee!) and Audio book week… I already have 4 audio reviews to go up for that.

        1. I am thrilled I have things to write about Hannah, there are times that I am thinking “what to post… what to post”….LOL

          but yeah – it does take time, I have spent the entire morning and now early afternoon writing up BEA posts… I love doing it, but never dreamed that it would be after 2 in the afternoon and I have been at this since 8:00 a.m. 😛

  2. I have been reading your blog for awhile, but this is my first time commenting. I was hoping that you would like Delerium. I read both Before I Fall and Delerium on my ereader this year from the library.
    I enjoy reading your blog!

  3. Yes, I’ve been curious about this one…and even though I’m really not a fan of YA (although I have read a few), I thought there might be a special pull from this one. The idea of anyone controlling our thoughts and feelings, and taking choice away from us…well, that kind of story might just arouse my ire and drive me to read this one!

    So I will!

  4. I loved this book (and also Before I Fall), there really was a depth to it, as you mention, and it is rather scary because you never do know what will happen in the future.

  5. Of the two I liked Before I Fall more. This one took me a bit to get into. It was a Valentine’s present and it took me months to get around to reading. I started it and then stopped halfway through. Once I picked it up again i was sucked in though. I think I wasn’t in the right mood when i started it the first time!

  6. I have been planning to read Delirium. A friend really disliked the audio version due to the narrator, so I will be sure to read the book.

    Oh, and I heart my nook! I have had it for about a year and I can’t imagine life without it.

  7. I really liked Delirium, I got sucked in straight away, where as Before I Fall was slow for me. Delirium was a kindle read so that made it extra special lol. Can’t wait for Pandemonium!!

  8. So, is this the book you read while flying to BEA? I’d like to give this one a try. It’s not my usual fare but sometimes it’s good to break away and try something new.

  9. How neat that you got to meet her!!! And I’m not the biggest YA fan but I think she is better than most. I was pleasantly surprised by Before I Fall.

  10. I absolutly loveed the book delirium by Lauren Oliver and i cant wait for the sequel to come out!

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