Delirium by Lauren Oliver

75%

41 Critic Reviews

This whole book will stay with me, actually, and so will the characters. I'm praying for the next in the series, and am going to be counting down the days until it comes out. This is an amazing book that I honestly can't recommend enough.
-Guardian

Synopsis

The first book in Lauren Oliver’s New York Times bestselling trilogy about forbidden love, revolution, and the power to choose. Now with a brand-new cover and an exclusive-to-this-book sneak peek at her next novel for teens: the ambitious, wholly original masterwork Replica.

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?

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About Lauren Oliver

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Lauren Oliver burst onto the scene with her first novel, the New York Times bestseller Before I Fall. This was followed by her stunning Delirium, which ALA Booklist called "another deft blend of realism and fantasy." A graduate of the University of Chicago and the MFA program at New York University, Lauren lives in Brooklyn, New York. Liesl & Po is her first novel for younger readers.
 
Published August 2, 2011 by HarperCollins. 401 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 41 | Positive: 32 | Negative: 9

Kirkus

Excellent
on Dec 30 2010

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.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by TheBookAddictedGirl on Feb 21 2013

This whole book will stay with me, actually, and so will the characters. I'm praying for the next in the series, and am going to be counting down the days until it comes out. This is an amazing book that I honestly can't recommend enough.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Mandy Southgate on Jul 12 2012

I raced through Delirium in a matter of days, feeling slightly lost whenever I had to put it down. Lauren Oliver has an amazing style of writing and is able to take the reader through a full range of emotional responses.

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Dear Author

Below average
Reviewed by Jia on Feb 01 2011

...Delirium plodded on at a nice, pleasant pace — no narrative lows, but no narrative highs ever. I somehow think this wasn’t deliberate. Oh, and a word of caution to diehard romance readers: despite this being mostly a YA romance using dystopian trappings, the ending is pure dystopian.

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Examiner

Below average
Reviewed by Sean Chumley on Oct 20 2013

High on concept but low on execution, Oliver's sentences are beautifully crafted but are not greater than the sum of their parts.

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Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Gabby Matlock on Mar 02 2012

I had a hard time deciding what to rate this book as I really enjoyed the story, but I was so darn disappointed with the ending, and that makes or breaks a book for me. With that being said, this is the first book in the series, and I really think it will make up for it in the coming books.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Jordan Vogel on Dec 03 2011

The book has a pretty fast pace to it and the storyline of the book moves smoothly. No events happen too fast and there are just the right amounts of suspenseful parts to keep the reader intrigued.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Mary Hallberg on Sep 24 2011

The story is suspenseful, and you’ll find yourself rooting for Lena as she gradually falls for Alex and makes the decision to defy her society’s rules. If you enjoy dystopian or fantasy literature, Delirium is an excellent pick.

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Teen Reads

Above average
Reviewed by Melanie Smith on Feb 01 2011

The romance, though well done, is one that will appeal mostly to teenage audiences, though the dystopian framework makes it a more versatile and challenging read for a broader audience.

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The Ranting Dragon

Above average
Reviewed by Benni Amato on Jan 27 2011

...we get a detailed view of Lena’s life. Instead of opting for an early inciting incident, Oliver decides to show us in the steady pace of life without love. Peaceful, yes, but passionless.

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The Young Folks

Good
Reviewed by Luciana Villalba on Mar 14 2011

Lauren Oliver does a fantastic job setting up this society that seemed very realistic for me, like in a few years from now who knows if it wasn’t only Plato back then who said love was a disease? Maybe our children will blame it as the cause of all of our troubles, our wars, and our economy?

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Good
Reviewed by Jennifer Kendall on Sep 29 2014

Delirium has the elements of a great dystopian novel: controlling government, forbidden love, and dangerous, risk taking decisions. The novel's sequence of events builds to a tense ending that leaves readers dangling.

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M/C Anderson

Above average
Reviewed by Belinda Pollard on May 11 2011

Most literature students reading Delirium will hear inescapable echoes of the dystopian classics like Brave New World and George Orwell’s 1984...However, this book is a lot more fun than either of those.

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For Books' Sake

Good
Reviewed by Jane Bradley on Feb 04 2011

The result is an immersive story with an action-packed ending which will have readers counting down the days until the second instalment in the series, Pandemonium, is published...

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The Daily Quirk

Good
Reviewed by Mallory Walker on Nov 24 2015

Delirium is part of the reason there are so many dystopians to choose from. It put a unique spin on a universal concept and executed it well enough that readers responded strongly.

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Night Owl Teen

Above average
Reviewed by Tatiana on Sep 29 2014

“Delirium” will definitely attract fans of teen romance novels. Oliver’s portrayal of romantic love is nicely written...All in all, “Delirium” is a competent YA novel, but not a standout as “Before I Fall” was.

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The Yalsa Hub

Good
Reviewed by Faythe Arredondo on Jan 27 2011

Delirium has shades of Uglies, The Hunger Games and even a tinge of Romeo and Juliet. It pulls you in and doesn’t let go.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by N.S.Clow on Sep 29 2014

The characters experience every emotion that can surround one in a dystopian world. This is by far one of my favorite stories. Delirium has found a spot in my large collection of books.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by Tarah18 on Sep 29 2014

Another thing about Lauren Oliver is that the beginning of the books is a bit dry, but once the action picks up, it's impossible to put the book down. The Delirium series has alot of romance, action and depth.

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Rhapsody in Books

Good
on Feb 17 2011

This book is for all the romantics out there, who believe in the value of love, even with its roller coaster swings of highs and lows...

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Story Snoops

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Reviewed by Tiffany on Sep 29 2014

The idea of love as a disease with a cure is both an intriguing and frightening concept and would make a great book club discussion point. Older teen girls will root for Lena and Alex to make it together, will be saddened by a tragic turn of events, and will look forward to the next installment in this trilogy.

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Pretty Books

Good
Reviewed by prettybooks on Dec 03 2011

Delirium is a wonderfully emotional, heartbreaking love story set in a dystopian future. It’s both a gritty and mellow experience.

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Rather Be Reading

Good
Reviewed by Magan on Mar 09 2012

I wish I could take back the months that I didn’t recommend Delirium to my friends because all I want to do now is sing its praises from the rooftop.

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Wondrous Reads

Good
Reviewed by Prophecygirl on Mar 21 2011

Delirium is a fantastic piece of literature. Anyone who ever mouths off about how YA doesn't earn its place in modern fiction should read this, and then promptly eat their words.

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It's Time to Read

Above average
Reviewed by Katie on Jul 01 2014

Her role at the end of the novel was amazing! I liked Lena, and her best friend Hana, but there didn’t seem to be anything particularly special about them.

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The Flutterby Room

Above average
on Jul 24 2014

...I’m not sure I will be reading any more of the trilogy because whilst I really liked the experience of reading DELIRIUM I’m not sure I want to explore the world any further.

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Cuddle Buggery Book Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Kat Kennedy on May 19 2012

It’s not Oliver’s fault. But what I wanted from this is a deeper understanding of society from the point of view of someone willing to delve into a harder, grittier, more realistic story.

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Reading Teen

Good
on Jul 07 2011

One of the many things I loved about the character development was how much Lena grew...Delirium is definitely a book I will never forget, I absolutely loved it.

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Ron Reads

Above average
on Apr 13 2012

While “Delirium” and I got off to a rocky start, it certainly improved greatly once Lauren Oliver got the ball rolling.

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Read. Breathe. Relax.

Good
Reviewed by Lisa Parkin on Feb 08 2012

Delirium is an interesting story with well-developed characters and a killer cliffhanger. I definitely want to read more from Oliver, and I’m anxiously waiting for Pandemonium to answer some serious questions.

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YA Reads

Excellent
Reviewed by Christina on Mar 05 2011

Delirium is riveting, unforgettable and unputdownable. If while reading it you start to feel your heart racing, that’s the deliria taking over, and you’re feeling it for the book. Welcome to the club.

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Layers of Thought

Above average
Reviewed by Shellie on Feb 14 2011

On balance, it is apparent that Lauren Oliver is a talented author. The book has a great premise, I liked the crescendo and the ending was a good one - heartbreaking but with that necessary element of hope and strength.

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Miss Page-Turner

Good
Reviewed by Miss Page-Turner on Nov 15 2010

No words, just tears… Delirium represents the pure beauty of emotions and words of a novel in which love is considered as a disease.

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Reading Writing Breathing

Good
Reviewed by HD on Jan 24 2012

Told in sharp focus by a master storyteller, Delirium is dystopian. Full of action that's electric, romance that is sizzling, and an ending that will rip your heart out, Delirium will leave you desperate for the sequel!

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Proud Book Nerd

Excellent
on Sep 05 2010

This was an excellent, excellent book. I loved it, and I will read it again. And again. And maybe even again. I highly recommend it, that’s for sure!

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Small Review

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Reviewed by Small Review on Jan 15 2011

I found this feature lacking in Delirium. I didn’t feel like I really understood how the society went from where we are now to where things were in Lena’s world.

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Jessica Lawlor

Excellent
Reviewed by Jessica on Jan 04 2011

DELIRIUM is every positive book review cliche that I can think of: powerful, heartbreaking, moving, shocking, gripping, fascinating, a real page turner.

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Mindful Musings

Above average
Reviewed by Amber Sumner on Jun 10 2014

Though the love story is pretty predictable in the way it plays out, the ending of the book is very redeeming in that I didn't see it coming. It is shocking and, quite frankly, makes the entire book a whole lot better.

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this ain't livin'

Above average
Reviewed by s.e. smith on Jul 07 2012

What could be a simple love story becomes much more complex in a society where love and expressions of affection in general are forbidden.

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Healing Hearts

Good
Reviewed by Michelle Sutton on Mar 05 2011

My heart broke for her and yet there was a bittersweet and beautiful ending to the story that left me wanting more, yet satisfied at the same time.

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Bookieholics

Above average
Reviewed by Selena on Apr 16 2012

I strongly encourage you to read this book! After you finish the book you're currently reading, pick up this book and READ READ READ! I don't care if it's boring in the beginning. Just READ...

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