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Delirium | [Lauren Oliver]

Delirium

"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."
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Publisher's Summary

"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.

Also included is a sneak listen to the first chapter of the next book in the series. Enjoy!

©2011 Laura Schechter (P)2011 HarperCollins Pubilshers

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    Kat MD 08-09-12
    Kat MD 08-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The Cure for a Quick Summer Read"

    ** spoiler alert ** I enjoyed this book more than I expected, but my expectations were pretty low. It's a ridiculous concept - love being outlawed and carved out of people. Still, I think the author pursued the idea well and I found myself liking Alex and Lena. Lena came across as whiny at times, but then I reminded myself about her age and I tolerated it.

    The last chapter definitely kicks it into high gear. I wish Oliver spent less time on Lena's inner dialogue and anxiety and more time for the great escape.

    Still, I couldn't put it down and ordered the next book. That counts for something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nesreen Katy, TX, United States 08-07-12
    Nesreen Katy, TX, United States 08-07-12
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    "Good; interesting, although typical dystopian YA"
    What did you love best about Delirium?

    Interesting premise.


    Have you listened to any of Sarah Drew’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Much better than some of the others. Her other voices (secondary characters) don't sound as drunk/high as previous audio books I'd listened to with Drew as the narrator.
    Her voice is very pleasing and she does a great job narrating and speaking for the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a pretty typical YA dystopian novel. I'd just read the Uglies series, so it was A LOT like that. I think I'm on dystopian overload right now.
    However, it kept me interested and I liked it enough that I will be getting the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara 08-03-12
    Tamara 08-03-12

    As a mom of teenagers, I spend a lot of time in the car, and a lot of that time is spent listening to Audible. Because of that, I tend to listen to a lot of YA novels, and my reviews will include the "Mom View" of cussing, sexuality, etc...

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    "Good, if not great."

    I've listened to both books in this series, and will definitely listen to the third. That being said, I do hope she tones down the excessive introspection and reminiscing that seems to take over the main character at any given moment. As an adult, this did get tedious for me and I often found myself thinking, "Alright already, just get on with it!"

    **However, be warned: this book does have scenes of mild sexuality (partial nudity, kissing) and cussing, including the "F-bomb."

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    gabby 08-02-12
    gabby 08-02-12
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    "Potentially Great"

    I purchased this book during the "Paperback" sale and it was well worth the price. The only reason I did not give Delirium 5 stars was because I was unsatisfied by the ending. I want happy endings, not sad or bitter-sweet ones. I also felt that some of the characters could use more development. With that said, I found the premise and plot line to be fresh and stimulating. I would not hesitate to purchase a sequel of Delirium.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Charlotte, NC, United States 07-30-12
    Anne Charlotte, NC, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "good YA read"
    What made the experience of listening to Delirium the most enjoyable?

    It's a good young adult story about what can happen when government tries to rule everything, including our emotions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theblackersheep 07-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting Premise"

    When reading this review, please keep in mind that I am an adult and this book was written for young adults/teenagers. I bought the book knowing that the story would probably be a little young and a little too fixated on the love story angle for my taste, and yet the idea of a society without love intrigued me. I was right about the story and as an adult I often found myself rolling my eyes at the drama and exaggerated emotions. It wasn???t as bad as it could have been though and for that I???m glad. The rest of the story and description of a society of dampened emotions, and the consequences thereof, was enough to keep me interested and attentive to the end.

    The author sets up a world where people have decided that eschewing strong emotions, especially love, is the way to create a world of peace. Love is often the cause of war and death, ergo without love, there will be no war or death. The Cure takes care of this for them. After the Cure, everyone is calm and well behaved and no one wants to disturb the peace. Indeed, even if they did desire to, they have a good idea that the consequences would not be pleasant and most choose not to rock the boat in favour of their own well-being. As the author takes you deeper into this society, the rough edges become jagged and the nasty side starts to rear its ugly head. This is a side of the society that the majority never see, principally because they choose not to. The dampening of emotions alone is not enough to control the populace and the government has come up with ways of checking malcontent that most would find utterly reprehensible and physically sickening.

    I liked the ideas Oliver presented in the story. It???s not as fast-paced or exciting as other YA dystopian novels, but there???s much more to think about. It seems impossible that a society could allow itself to be treated like a flock of sheep herded along without questioning, not attending to the consequences of their easy life until it is too late. Yet it has happened before and this is a good reminder that it could happen again.

    Having said that, I do wish there had been a little bit more action in the plot, but that might come in the follow up novel. All in all I thought it was a good set up for a trilogy and will probably read the next instalments, although they won???t be first on my list of to be read books. Again, I think a younger audience would be more enthusiastic about the book, so don???t let me dissuade you from trying it. Even if you don???t care for teenage romance, there???s a lot more the book has to offer if you???re willing put up with a little eye rolling.

    Narration: Well read if a little overly dramatic (for my taste) on occasion. I would listen to another book read by Sarah Drew without hesitation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Waynesboro, TN, United States 07-19-12
    Amanda Waynesboro, TN, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Pleasently Surprized :)"
    What did you love best about Delirium?

    I wasnt sure i would like this but i wanted to give it a try anyway and i am so glad i did, i was great, i absolutly love the story, very entertaining and Sarah Drew sis a wonderful job with the diffrent voiced and the over all performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did cry at the end, if you get this book , you'll know why.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Hmmmm...."

    This was an okay listen. I probably won't listen to it again and would hesitate to recommend it.

    1) The main character gives a whiny teenager vibe. The narrator conveys this really well, so if you aren't crazy about whiny teenagers...I would pick another book.

    2) Inner monologues are excessive. The main character is constantly evaluating her surroundings and situations. Much more was thought than actually happened in this book. I don't mind getting into the mind of a character, but it became repetitive and annoying.

    3) Not a feel good book. I enjoy a happy resolved ending when I am reading for fun. This was not fun.

    The best thing I can say about this book is that it made me appreciate "love" much more. The book presents a creative scenario and does get you thinking...mainly when you are tuning out parts of the book (see #2).

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    Sierra 07-19-12
    Sierra 07-19-12
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    "A Must Read (Listen) for Young Adults"
    What did you love best about Delirium?

    I finished this book in a weekend. I could not stop listening! It catches your heart and doesn't let go, even at the end. I bought this book on sale because a friend had recommended it. I am currently downloading the second in the trilogy. I highly recommend this book.

    The best part is the idea of a society that rejects love. In today's world, love is embraced, welcomed, and chased. It is so hard to imagine a world where people go to great pains to avoid it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Little Grace was my favorite. Although a minor character, her heart and love is astounding. I was rooting for the little girl in a love-less society from the beginning.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The main male's voice seriously disappointed me. That was the only thing that bothered me about the narrator. She made him sound like a stoner.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Seneca, SC, United States 07-13-12
    Kimberly Seneca, SC, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "This author and narrator were made for each other."
    Any additional comments?

    I love Lauren Oliver, her descriptions as infectious as bubbling laughter, and deliciously delivered by a narrator Sarah Drew, who doesnt just describe the story but lets you live it. I dont think you will regret buying books performed and written by this duo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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