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Delirium
2011
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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, Amazon.com, YALSA, and the Chicago Public Library and was selected as one of NPR's Top 100 Best Ever Teen Novels.

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School Library Journal Review
Gr 9 Up-According to the Government's official publication, The Book of Shhh (The Safety, Health, and Happiness Handbook), humans, if unregulated, are cruel, capricious, violent, miserable, and selfish. "It is only after their instincts and basic emotions have been controlled that they can be happy, generous, and good." The Government also mandates that all citizens, upon their 18th birthday, submit to an operation to control the spread of amor deliria nervosa, the disease of love. Lena, 17, eagerly awaits the day she can show off her badge of honor: a three-pointed scar behind her left ear. Then she will be paired with a boy chosen for her by the evaluators and live happy and safe forever. That is until she meets Alex, an "uncured." Lena and Alex spend her remaining 95 days together as much as possible. Lena comes to understand that the regulators are not there to protect the people, but rather to control them, and that her mother didn't commit suicide, but was thrown into the crypts because she was a resistor. With only hours left before her scheduled procedure, Lena, with Alex's love and help, decides to follow her mother's footsteps. Lauren Oliver's science fiction thriller (HarperCollins, 2011) is a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat page-turner. Her writing is strong and filled with beautiful metaphors that enhance the darkness of Lena's life. Sarah Drew's narration breathes life into each character, especially Lena. She skips seamlessly between every conceivable teenage emotion: confusion, snarky sarcasm, whispered guilt, and the breathless bliss of first love. A must-have.-Cheryl Preisendorfer, Twinsburg City Schools, OH (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Oliver's follow-up to her smash debut, Before I Fall (2010), is another deft blend of realism and fantasy. The hook is irresistible: it's the near future, a time when love has long since been identified as a disease called amor deliria nervosa, and 17-year-old Lena is 95 days away from the operation that everyone gets to cure themselves. Can you feel the swoon coming? Enter Alex, a rakish daredevil who, as it turns out, is one of the Invalids a tribe of uncured who live on the lam in the surrounding wilderness. With the clock ticking down to her surgery, Lena is drawn into Alex's world, one of passion and freedom, while her emotionally castrated family members hope to turn her into yet another complacent zombie. Oliver's masterstroke is making a strong case for love as disease: the anxiety, depression, insomnia, and impulsive behavior of the smitten do smack of infirmity. The story bogs down as it revels in romance Alex is standard-issue perfection but the book never loses its A Clockwork Orange-style bite regarding safety versus choice.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2010 Booklist
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