Delirium: The Special Edition

Delirium: The Special Edition

Lauren Oliver
452 pages


Lauren Oliver's powerful New York Times bestselling novel Delirium—the first in a dystopian trilogy—presents a world as terrifying as George Orwell's 1984 and a romance as true as Romeo & Juliet.

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 mistakes.

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?

Delirium received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal, and was named a Best Book of the Year by USA Today, Kirkus,, YALSA, and the Chicago Public Library and was selected as one of NPR's Top 100 Best Ever Teen Novels.

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  • Lauren Oliver


HarperCollins on Aug 02, 2011

  • dystopia
  • Shelf Awareness
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What an interesting take on societal rules and how to monitor the United States in this futuristic society. What ensues is the adventure that lies ahead for any who has had the remote chance of a stolen glance or a touch of a hand that belongs to a secret admirer. Lena struggles to obey the laws she has been obediently following all her life and the strange feeling, deliria, that surges inside. Her best friend seems so strange and rebellious, wanting her to go to outlawed music concerts in the forest after hours. And then the raid changes everything. Or was that simply fate or a choice? Lena must decide whether to be compliant and not make waves or be adventurous as her dead mother had been. Will love really kill her or will the government?