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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. Supports the Common Core State Standards
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published on February 1, 2011 by HarperCollins
ISBN-10: 0061726826
ISBN-13: 9780061726828
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  • palomacats
    palomacatsMonday, April 13, 2015 at 8:56 am
    Delirium is about a girl named Lena who has waited her whole life to be cured of deliria. The sickness of love. A couple of days before Lana has her procedure of the cure she falls in love with a boy named Alex. Alex is an invalid. Invalids are against the law.
    • poppyplop
      poppyplopSunday, March 1, 2015 at 5:14 pm
      This is an absolutely amazing book but really sad I cried heaps. It is about a girl called Lena her mother and father are dead and she lives with her aunt and uncle. She then meets Alex and falls in love. Although love is thought to be a disease and is strictly forbidden, so when people turn 18 they get the cure to stop them from falling in love. I really recommend reading this book! I rate it five stars
      • bibliophile
        bibliophileFriday, August 22, 2014 at 11:24 am
        This is one of my all time favorite series!!!!!
        • kclift
          Ms. CliftThursday, May 15, 2014 at 8:20 am55 stars
          Similar in nature to the Hunger games, this is a fantastic book. Another society being controlled by tyrants and those standing up saying they will not be treated as puppets. Suspenseful!
          • kidsunflower
            kidsunflowerWednesday, August 21, 2013 at 2:09 pm
            This wasn't really one of my favorite books....there was practically no action, just another love story....and then a love triangle in the 2nd and 3rd. :I
            • PEACEOUTTTTTFriday, August 2, 2013 at 6:45 am
              In this book, love is a disease. Lina, at the beginning of the story, can't wait for the procedure to block love from ur body. Then she meets Alex and instantly falls in love!
              • sshans2
                sshans2Friday, June 21, 2013 at 8:36 am55 stars
                Best book ever-- couldn't stop reading it! It's dystopian, in a world where love is thought of as a disease, so it's illegal to love. Lena believed that love is terrible her whole life until one day... she falls in love. A MUST READ!
                • jalis
                  jalisSaturday, June 15, 2013 at 8:02 pm
                  I finished it like 2 hours ago about in the future when they think love is a disease but how can people think love as a disease when its the best thing ever in the world.
                  • jalis
                    jalisSaturday, June 15, 2013 at 12:16 pm
                    I like how the author captures her feelings in this book its like art but with words it so beautiful
                    • qfleming
                      qflemingTuesday, April 16, 2013 at 11:52 am55 stars
                      Lena, a teen girl who has lived in shame all of her life, counts the days until the procedure that will cure her. But is it really a cure when the disease is love? Lena sure thinks so, until she meets Alex. Cute, sweet, and charming, she slowly falls for him, and realizes why love might be her cause to fight for.