Delirium: The Special Edition

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Ninety-five days, and then I’ll be safe.

I wonder whether the procedure will hurt.

I want to get it over with.

It’s hard to be patient.

It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet.

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Overview

Ninety-five days, and then I’ll be safe.

I wonder whether the procedure will hurt.

I want to get it over with.

It’s hard to be patient.

It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet.

Still, I worry.

They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness.

The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.

Lauren Oliver astonished readers with her stunning debut, Before I Fall. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it “raw, emotional, and, at times, beautiful. An end as brave as it is heartbreaking.” Her much-awaited second novel fulfills her promise as an exceptionally talented and versatile writer.

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Editorial Reviews

Jay Asher
Praise for Before I Fall:“This story races forward, twisting in a new direction every few pages, its characters spinning my emotions from affection to frustration, anger to compassion. You’ll have no choice but to tear through this book!”
Carolyn Mackler
Praise for Before I Fall:“Before I Fall is smart, complex, and heartbreakingly beautiful. Lauren Oliver has written an extraordinary debut novel about what it means to live—and die.”
New York Journal of Books
“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.”
The Horn Book
“In a thick climate of fear, Oliver spins out a suspenseful story of awakening and resistance with true love at its core.”
ALA Booklist
Praise for Before I Fall:“Oliver, in a pitch-perfect teen voice, explores the power we have to affect the people around us in this intensely believable first novel...This is a compelling book with a powerful message and should not be missed.”
Booklist
“Oliver’s follow-up to her smash debut, Before I Fall (2010), is another deft blend of realism and fantasy...the book never loses its A Clockwork Orange-style bite regarding safety versus choice.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062112439
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Series: Delirium Series , #1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 84,547
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver is the author of the young adult novels Before I Fall and Panic, as well as the Delirium trilogy—Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem—which have been translated into more than thirty languages and are New York Times and international bestsellers. She is also the author of two novels for middle-grade readers, The Spindlers and Liesl & Po, the latter of which was an E.B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee. A graduate of the University of Chicago and New York University's MFA program, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Oliver captivated my heart with Delirium!

    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 it...now!! :)

    142 out of 150 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

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    great

    Loved Delirium. kept me entertained all the way through.

    82 out of 95 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

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    Exquisite and Stunning - This Is What Love Is

    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

    47 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Delirium + Lauren Oliver = AMAZING!

    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!

    28 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    Amazing.

    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!

    20 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

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    Good Concept. Poorly Executed.

    When i read the back cover i immediately thought the story had a very interesting concept that got my attention. Kind of like a cross between Ally Condies "Matched" and Scott Westerfelds "Uglies". Gave it a good enough shot. Got to about chapter seven, and was NOT feeling the author at all. No disrespect to her, but she rambled on and on way too much. I started skimming a lot of the pages and eventually just said I'm done. It wasn't going anywhere. There's a good kind of rambling, like in the hunger games, that makes a point and has things to do with the story. And then there's nonsensical rambling that just makes me tired of reading, like jane eyre. I gave it enough time for it to get good but there wasn't enough dialogue. If you still wanna try it, maybe you like that kind of stuff, definitely read a good lil bit before you go and buy it.

    16 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Beautiful

    I cried so much at the end. A beautiful love story, a sacrifce for love. I would definitely recommend.

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

    Disappointed in the language

    I was looking for a new series to start and am disappointed in the use of the "F" word. I won't read the rest.

    12 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

    Can Not Miss Teen Book Of 2011

    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!

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

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    WOW

    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.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Not that good

    I am not really sure why so many people liked this book. I felt like the story was pretty thin. Not that much really happened in this book. There was too much time spent on overly describing aspects that did not add to the story. The part about Lena's mother being dead and then not really dead seemed pointless. I do not feel that book was written very well. It could have made a good short story but 300+ pages was too much because as I said earlier very little actually happened. I wish I would have passed on this book.

    9 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2010

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    review taken from One Book At A Time

    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.

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    CAUTION!

    I read this book because the plot looked intriguing. And it was. Then I started having a problem with it. I encountered a VERY strong profanity while reading this. It disappointed me so much. It was going to be such a great book. Ms. Oliver, why did you have to ruin this book?
    I would not recommend this book because of extremely questionable language.

    8 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2011

    One of my Favorite Books Ever!!!!!!!!

    I would recommend this book to any reader that loves romances and likes to get lost in another world. It takes a lot for a book to make me cry! Dilirium at the end was sooooooooo sad!! It is the best book ever!! i love this author i read before i fall by this author too:) that book was just as good as this one(: i cant wait for the next Lauren Oliver book to come out! i am definitely going to buy it.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2012

    ...

    ...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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    This book is fantastic!!! Lauren Oliver I swear has just become

    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!!!!!! :)

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Mixture

    I love this book! Although to me it felt like Uglies and Matched rolled together.......but still pretty good book!! :)

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Sacrifice for Love

    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.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    Horribly Upsetting!

    This book starts off like Matched. But a little better. Then as it goes on you realize the theme is like Romeo and Juliet. At the end you think "They'll be saved! They'll be saved!" But the ending is total crap and was so upsetting and horrible, i couldnt even cry. Before I Fall is amazing, but please, I beg you!!! DON'T READ IT!

    6 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2011

    BAD

    If I could give this book no stars I would.

    I read Lauren Oliver's first book, Before I Fall, and fell in love with it. It was a great book. When I learned she was going to release a new novel, I was so excited to read it!

    This book has a good concept, but it's executed poorly. The main character's love is not believable at all. I find this book incredibly annoying and I found me forcing myself to read it (I didn't finish it by the way- I skipped a couple chapters in the end and read the last couple pages, which I never do).

    It's a good book if you want to have a typical teenage romance novel. If you don't, pick up another book.

    6 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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