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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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    Katheryne MD, United States 01-21-13
    Katheryne MD, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2015

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways..."

    I can not begin to express how much I LOVED this book. It is so beautifully written and just completely enthralling. It's been a long time since I've been so emotionally touched by a book. Lauren Oliver's writing is more poetic then prose and it absolutely took my breath away!
    As far as dystopian world building it isn't the best, but this is so well written it didn't really matter. This one left me wanting more and I can not wait to continue on to book 2 and 3.
    Sarah Drew's performance is brilliant and complete perfection.
    I wish I could give this one 6 Stars! Worth a credit and then some.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 03-08-12
    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 03-08-12 Member Since 2011

    I love the outdoors and the warm weather!! And I never leave home with out my I-Nano. It should be surgically placed into my ear. I live and breath for books.

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    "Imagine A World Without LOVE!!"

    This was my first time reading a Lauren Oliver novel. And I was pleasantly surprised. The story is told by an 18 yr young women. Who realizes that the world she lives in is a lie. Imagine a world without LOVE. Its not a mushy romance novel. I personally do not like mushy romance novels. If your looking for something new and refreshing I suggest that you listen to this book.This book is very well written( very descriptive). If you close your eyes and listen you can imagine this place. I enjoyed Sarah Drew as the narrator. I can't wait to listen to Pandemonium.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Staaj Ballwin, MO, United States 04-09-12
    Staaj Ballwin, MO, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Unexpectedly Loved It"

    For I while I’ve wondered about why so many people loved Delirium. It didn’t particularly appeal to me and the description never sounded that interesting. I finally caved and had to see for myself what exactly everyone was talking about. Shortly into the book, I understood. It’s not the quite the story that’s amazing but it’s the writing. It’s beautiful and so remarkably well crafted that I can hear English teachers and librarians across the country giving thanks to Lauren Oliver for writing a young adult novel of this caliber. I seriously think the writing in this novel should be studied.

    In a nutshell, love is illegal in Oliver’s dystopian society. Love, also known as delirium, is considered a disease and all citizens must undergo surgery to cure them for the delirium by the age of 18. Lena, the main character, is almost 18 and is looking forward to the day she is cured. The argument against love is that it is the cause of many of the worlds problems. “It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.” Rebels are imprisoned, killed, and beaten by the enforcers of the law. It’s hard to imagine our society ever banning love but Oliver makes her world is believable and surprisingly realistic. Even as I describe this book I don’t feel like I’m doing it much justice. I assure you there is more to Delirium than what I’ve described.

    One of the things I enjoyed about Delirium was the way the author describes love. Yes it is a book about love, but Oliver clearly paints the positives and negative sides. She describes both sides so well that you root for the rebels and understand why love is banned and law is so forcefully upheld. For most of the book, Lena, is just discovering love. She is happy when she is with Alex, constantly smiling and laughing; and when she is away she feels the pain of missing him. Their secret love keeps them living in fear of being discovered. As Lena treads deeper into love, she begins to see the flaws in her society and how meaningless life is without love. People who have been cured seem to be without a soul and the society Lena once found comfort in, becomes a future she cannot bear without Alex.

    Sarah Drew also delivered a fabulous performance. I had to get used to her voice at first but shortly into the book it became hard to stop listening to.

    Overall, I finally see what everyone is talking about it. It’s a wonderful yet painful love story. You could say the Delirium has taken over me and now that it’s over it hurts. Upon finishing Delirium, I immediately bought the second book in the series and 20 minutes later I listening to Pandemonium. It ends on such a cliffhanger that I couldn’t wait to find what happened next.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    A. Christiano Seneca Falls, NY 08-11-14
    A. Christiano Seneca Falls, NY 08-11-14 Member Since 2012

    I get unreasonably attached to fictional characters

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    "Love Lobotomy"
    Would you try another book from Lauren Oliver and/or Sarah Drew?

    Yes, and I've read other Lauren Oliver books that I liked much better. I just think the concept of this was not well thought out or entirely convincing.


    Would you recommend Delirium to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I mean, trying to cut love out of your brain as the concept sounds cool until you think too much about it, and then you're like, "uhhh, what?"


    Did Delirium inspire you to do anything?

    No :(


    Any additional comments?

    Not a bad story, just didn't hold my attention. I feel like there was a ton of backstory and history that writer maybe wanted to inlcude, but didn't end up having the space for it. And knowing more of how and why this world came to be would have been really helpful at creating more tension. As readers we all know that love can't be chopped out of your brain, but this world of people believed it was possible...and I just couldn't connect with that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 07-01-13
    AudioAddict 07-01-13

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Often tedious, but great cliffhanger ending"

    STORY - Delirium is a YA book, but it also has some very mature themes. It was too immature for me at times, but overall it is an unusual and touching story. The romance is innocent and sweet, but the young characters are very strong. I did feel like the author described the dystopia and the "cured" people in Portland way, way too often. OMG, stop!

    The second half of the book is much better than the first. The tension begins to build, and the action toward the end is very tense! Cliffhanger ending is frustrating but good. You will want to continue with the series.

    NARRATION - The reader has a high-pitched voice, perfect for the young characters in the book. She does a great job portraying teenaged emotions, and I really liked the young male voice she gave to Alex.

    OVERALL - Delirium wasn't awesome, but I recommend it mainly because I expect a lot from the rest of the trilogy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa United States 03-27-13
    Lisa United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2014

    Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!

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    "What a ride!"

    Ok so my friend and I decided to read this book together while waiting for "twice tempted" to come out. I was on the fence about it and had it in my wish list for a while now but since my friend was gonna read it too I thought it would be fun. It was a very good book. No sex in the book and I like that, it was about the 4 letter word LOVE! I'm so glad she chose this book to read. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. And what a cliffhanger!!!!! Off to read the next book in the series now!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen 03-06-13
    Maureen 03-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "love love love"
    What made the experience of listening to Delirium the most enjoyable?

    This is my second listen to this novel. Anxiously anticipating the release of book 3, I wanted to re-listen to the series to have the story more fresh in my mind. I loved it just as much the second time around. Great story, brilliant writing and OUTSTANDING narration. I would give the performance 10 stars if I could.


    What other book might you compare Delirium to and why?

    None


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

    Delirium was my first time listening to Sarah Drew.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I found the whole book very moving. This was my first "dystopian" fiction novel and I was a bit apprehensive about the subject matter. Not really a genre that attracts me generally.The author told the story with such meaning and I truly cannot say enough great things about the performance of the narrator.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christen Hilton, New York, United States 02-11-13
    Christen Hilton, New York, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, great narration"

    I really enjoyed this book. The narration was fantastic. Sarah Drew did an amazing job. I am still shocked by the less than happy ending but am hopeful that the next book will be just as riveting. Currently listening to the second installment in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alli Wichita, KS, United States 11-27-12
    Alli Wichita, KS, United States 11-27-12
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    "OBSESSED."
    What did you love best about Delirium?

    Loved the world created by Oliver and without too much teen angst!


    What about Sarah Drew’s performance did you like?

    She was hilarious. The self-effacing humor was done perfectly. She gave both male and female voices believable characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    UGH....the end. It was so so good. I was listening at work and trying not to cry my face off.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to start the next book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie AUSTIN, TX, United States 10-12-12
    Julie AUSTIN, TX, United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Pleasantly surprised"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked the story line. It takes place in the future and the author made it seem very believable.


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

    I haven't heard her before but I thought she did a great job.


    Any additional comments?

    I kept seeing this book but thought it would be a let down since I am not a teenager (for quite a while now). I enjoyed the Hunger Games and I decided to purchase this book since I read the reviews. I was thrilled and didn't want it to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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