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Delirium | [Lauren Oliver]

Delirium

They say that the cure for love will make me happy and safe forever. And I've always believed them. Until now. Now everything has changed. Now, I'd rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years suffocated by a lie. There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it. Then, at last, they found the cure.
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They say that the cure for love will make me happy and safe forever. And I've always believed them. Until now. Now everything has changed. Now, I'd rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years suffocated by a lie.

There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it. Then, at last, they found the cure.

©2011 Lauren Oliver (P)2012 HarperCollins Audio

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    Oxana Oleynik Bruchsal, Germany 12-16-12
    Oxana Oleynik Bruchsal, Germany 12-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "An amazing book!!!!"

    Best book I read in many month!!!!
    You should definitely read it!!!!

    I never thought it would be good but when I start reading couldn't stop until I finished the book. The author is very talented.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Alice
    Exmouth, Devon, United Kingdom
    2/3/13
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    "FANTASTIC **********"

    This may well be teen fiction but I am 33 years old and loved this.



    It took a bit of geting used to, a world without love where love is banned and religion and life has been re-written. I guess you do spend most of the book desperately wanting Lana to "see the light" so it can be frustrating at times, but the book is about her journey and as it's a trilogy the story is about her development and change.



    It's a good idea for a story, and I like the change from the current endless Vampires, ghosts, witches, angels, fairies in books... It's a futuristic life story and a clever idea. It's very American as is the narration, but it's well worth a listen and certainly took the bore out of my comute.



    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Debbie
    Hitchin, United Kingdom
    3/1/13
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    "Guilty pleasure"

    I know I am meant to be an adult but this young adults novel gripped me. I enjoyed thinking about live without love and the book managed to acheive realism with a circumstance that (hopefully) couldn't happen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne
    Milton Keyne, United Kingdom
    1/10/13
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    "INTERESTING-WOW"

    It took a few chapters to get into 'Delirium', but once i got into the story i couldn't put it down. It will leave you desperate to read book 2. Fascinating story line, maybe one day this will happen to us!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A MUST READ.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lynne
    Fleet, United Kingdom
    3/1/14
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    "Great story!"
    What did you like most about Delirium?

    Completely different from anything else I've read! Sarah Drew is a credit to the story and I enjoyed listening to her.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lena (the main character) plays a naive and imperfect girl who starts to discover the complexity of her world and how everything is not quite as it seems.


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

    It didn't make me laugh or cry but I couldn't put the book down, but there's still two more books to come so you never know!


    Any additional comments?

    So far I think this would make a great movie series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ysera
    Luxembourg, Luxembourg
    2/10/14
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    "Good start"
    What made the experience of listening to Delirium the most enjoyable?

    The very good narration.


    What does Sarah Drew bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Well... every narration is an interpretation that changes the way the story and the characters are percieved. I have difficulties reading books on paper or ebooks, so I only listen, which means I've had to get used to any kind of voice and narration, good or bad, as the only means of getting to the story. Consequently, I'm not picky. But I do appreciate good narrations, and Sarah Drew's interpretation seemed to enrich my experience of the book. I loved her narration especially in the third volume of the series, where she's really perfect!


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

    Laugh, yes :) Roll my eyes a lot, too, for the "romance" parts.


    Any additional comments?

    Halfway through I almost gave up. I couldn't see what made the two main characters fall in love, the whole thing seemed exasperatingly shallow. Eye-rolling didn't help much... I read a few bad reviews that confirmed my opinion. However, since I don't abandon books easily, I gave it a few more minutes, during which I laughed a few times, and decided it was worth it just for that... I liked it in the end and even more so the next two volumes, especially the third.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • rosie
    Bath, United Kingdom
    12/12/13
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    "Great, if standard, dystopian novel."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Delirium to be better than the print version?

    The story was easy to listen to whilst undertaking other tasks.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is interesting and thought provoking, whilst still being an easy listen. Sometimes predictable, but exciting all the same.


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

    This is the first performance of Drew's I have listened to. I found it easy to listen to.


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

    It rarely encouraged extreme reactions such as laughing or crying however the book is exhilarating and interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth a listen if your a fan of similar trilogies (The Hunger Games, Divergent...)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lee
    SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom
    11/25/13
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    "amazing!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Delirium the most enjoyable?

    ive bought some audiblee books before and they were great and great to listen to but i absolutely loved this one!! I've read the book and the audible audio book is amazing!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    my favourite character is Hanna because she's so free and against all the madness


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    i enjoyed when Lena was on her way to Back Cove and ran into the patrollers and almost got caught past the curfew


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

    yes i did the book made me very emotional


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Victoria Hicks
    Bristol, UK
    8/26/13
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    "Deliriously Good!"

    Delirium by Lauren Oliver

    They say that the cure for love will make me happy and safe forever. And I've always believed them. Until now. Now everything has changed. Now, I'd rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years suffocated by a lie.
    There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it. Then, at last, they found the cure.

    THE STORY
    Set in the city of Portland USA, 'Delirium' is a YA dystopian fiction novel written in the first person point of view of the lead protagonist, Lena.

    In the world of Delirium love is a disease, know as Amour Deliria Nervosa, which must be cured. This cure is, also referred to as ‘the procedure’, is performed on every citizen at the age of 18, making them safe from the effects of the deliria.
    Once a person has undergone ‘the procedure’, they are matched with someone of the opposite sex and live their lives as set out by the rules of society.

    Delirium follows the story of Lena, a teenage girl approaching her 18th birthday.
    As a firm advocate for the cure, and with only 3 or so months before her procedure, Lena cannot wait to be cured and take her place in society. That is until she meets Alex and she starts to question the world around her.
    Throughout the story we see Lena grow as she starts to question the world around her and she begins to discover secrets about the deliria and the world around her, that not everything is as black and white as she's been taught.

    WRITING STYLE
    The narrative is well paced and flows nicely, making the story easy to follow.

    Each new chapter begins with a quote from a book, song or reference text from the Delirium world. This thrusts you into the world of Delirium with its altered histories, religions and beliefs.

    CHARACTERS
    The author presents characters and their backgrounds really well, making you feel like you really know them. You start to feel for all them and really care about what happens to those you come to know and love.

    Lena is the lead protagonist of the story and is different from the stereo-typical female leads.
    She isn’t exceptional, doesn't have anything that makes her stand out from the crowd. She isn’t the damsel in distress, the mean girl or the popular girl. She isn’t the prettiest or the smartest. She is just a normal human seventeen-year-old girl.

    Alex is the lead male of the story and although we don’t hear from his point of view his double life and his impact in Lena’s life makes for a truly gripping story.

    The supporting characters in the story give added depth to the structure, believability and fluidity.
    There aren't too many, just enough that everyone is memorable. They are well rounded, believable and critical to supporting the main theme.
    Lena's best friend Hana is just as believable as Lena and their relationship is very well developed.
    Lena's family, both the sweet and the irritating characters, were also just right.

    THE SETTING
    Like the characters of Delirium, the setting and structure of society is very believable.
    It doesn’t take a big leap of the imagination to believe that our world could develop and change into the delirium world in the not too distant future.

    ROMANCE
    Unlike other romance stories, there is no love triangle. This is, quite simply, a love story between two people who want nothing more than to be together in a world that is trying to drive them apart.

    The relationship between Lena and Alex develops slowly. The developing romance doesn’t feel forced, false or rushed and the feelings shared between them feel real without being overly mushy.

    They are well developed, realistic characters with concerns and problems of their own, outside of each other. Their relationship isn't the all consuming purpose of the plot, and the rest of the plot is enough to feel like it wasn't just a carrier for the romance, without getting in the way of the romance.

    NARRATOR
    Sarah Drew narrates this audio book brilliantly. The characters emotions are well depicted and she distinguishes between different characters' voices effortlessly.

    CONCLUSION
    For me, Delirium is one of those books that i just couldn’t get enough of. With well developed characters and many plot twists and turns this story is not at all predictable. I was hooked from the very beginning right through to the last words and was immediately left wanting more. Thankfully for me this is the first book in a trilogy, other titles in the series are Pandemonium and Requiem, and i am very excited to now be able to indulge in the following 2 instalments. I will of course review those as and when i finish them.

    I would recommend it to people of all ages and those how like dystopian fiction such as Hunger Games & Divergent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Rugby, United Kingdom
    7/10/13
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    "Hunger Games meets Twilight"

    Dystopian future? Check. Run down, oppressed people? Check. Mass amounts of overly descriptive romance? Check.

    The beginning of the book was great. I liked the premise, it made sense, but then it quickly descends into the well worn formula...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea
    Shoeburyness, United Kingdom
    7/7/13
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    "A great start to a brilliant trilogy"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I love the way the story is not predictable and there are plenty of twists and turns. You start to really feel for all the characters with all that's going on and all there emotions.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    As soon as I finished the first book I had to start the second, had to know what was going to happen.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The author presents character information and there backgrounds really well makes you feel like you really know them.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    It took a little time to get used to the narrator but all in all very good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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