Delirium by Lauren Oliver


Oliver, Lauren. Delirium. New York: Harper, 2011. Print. ISBN-13: 9780061726828 Formats available: hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook. Paperback $5.72. Kindle $4.99.

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It’s the future and love (and other strong emotions) have been deemed a “disease.” And they have a cure. Everyone gets “cured” when they are 18. Lena is just a couple months away and she cannot wait. She watched love destroy her family, and she doesn’t want anything to do with it. But then she meets Alex. He has no interest in being “cured” and he might just show Lena that theres more to life (and love) than she ever thought possible.

Themes include: Love, fear, deceit, grief, betrayal, friendship, identity, coming of age.

My Thoughts: Delirium has that Dystopian setting that many of us are loving. I had a hard time getting over the idea that “love is a disease” and that futuristic society would eradicate it. Perhaps if it had been all emotions, not just love, I would have found it more believable. However, once I put that aside I did indeed enjoy this book as well as its sequel Pandemonium. Lena is a relatable character, she’s trying to do what she thinks is right but finding it increasingly difficult as she learns more about Alex, and the other invalids (people who have not been “cured”). The romance is sweet and heartbreaking and the story is heavily influenced by Romeo and Juliet. Who doesn’t like seeing if two star-crossed lovers can overcome circumstances to find a happily-ever-after?

Liked it? Loved it? Gotta have more of it?
The next book in the Delirium Trilogy is Pandemonium


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  • Learn more about the Delirium world on its Wiki
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About the Author: Lauren Oliver is the author of the Delirium trilogy, as well as other YA books.

Citation & Credits
Book cover image: Courtesy of
LaurenOliverUK. “Delirium by Lauren Oliver *Interactive Trailer*.” Online video clip. 7 July 2011. Web. 25 July 2015.


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