Delirium

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Harper Collins, Feb 1, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 480 pages
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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.

  

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I loved this book! i couldn't put it down when i was reading it and the end left such a cliffhanger that all i wanted to do was read the next one!

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Have you ever had a crush on somebody? The first thing you would do was tell your best friend and flirt your crush, but what if you lived in a world where you can’t have contact with the opposite sex and if you do have a crush you are taken to the hospital to get a painful surgery called “the cure” to make sure you can’t fall in love. Well that is the kind of world you would live in if you were in the book Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I chose this book because it looked kind of thicker and I wanted a challenge. Another reason i chose the book was because I seen where it was book of the month so i knew it had to be good and I am very picky when it comes to books i read. The message of the book is that you shouldn't let people choose how you feel. The book is about a girl Lena who is a 17 year old girl about to get an exam that will match her up with somebody to marry. In the middle of her exam a stampede comes breaking through she looks up in fear to see a boy (or a wild) laughing. She runs into him later to find out he is the security guard for the exams named Alex. Lena believes he is a cured security guard but then runs into him at an illegal party, She ends up becoming a Wild and falls in love with Alex and they try to run away together. Lena is captured and taken in to have the surgery done “the cure” Alex tries to save the day by doing a very bold thing.
The message “you shouldn't let people affect how you feel” is supported in the book when Lena’s mom says “I love you. Remember. They cannot take it” (Delirium, 32). This quote supports it because in the book the government tries to affect how you feel, but Lena’s mom says that the government will not tell her she cannot love because she knows she loves Lena. Another supporting detail in the story is when Lena says “the only point - is to find the things that matter, and to hold onto them, and fight for them, and refuse to let go" (Delirium, 383). This supports the message because she will find what matters which to her is love, and she will refuse to let go of that feeling no matter what the government threatens to do.
Two methods that are used in the book would be character and plot. Character is used a lot to describe the characters and how they change throughout the story. An example of this is when Lena thinks love is dangerous and people should stick to what the government says and yet she falls in love and turns to the Wilds. Plot is handled very well in the story because the plot starts off interesting from the start and keeps you hooked because one this after another happens and it gives a large amount of suspense. An example of this is in the beginning of the story the reader is worried about how Lena will do in the exam, but towards the end we go through many incidents and worries like Lena and Alex’s relationship, Lena’s mom, and the government's reaction to finding out about Lena and Alex.
The book’s overall argument was very convincing. The arguments of how love hurts is really portrayed throughout the book. “Love: a single word, a wispy thing, a word no bigger or longer than an edge. That's what it is: an edge; a razor. It draws up through the center of your life, cutting everything in two. Before and after. The rest of the world falls away on either side” (Delirium, 301). This quote pretty much speaks for itself in saying the pain of love will ruin your life. Another example in the book is when Lena says what she thinks love is “The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't” (Delirium, 4). Lena describes the pain of love and how it will kill you whether you and you lover love each other or not. After reading the book the reader for sure will have a different perspective on how they think of love.
The book Delirium is very similar to the book series The Hunger Games. The way the are similar is that they both involve a problem that is caused by the government and their laws killing people, they both involve a love between teens that cannot
 

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
13
Section 4
24
Section 5
39
Section 6
69
Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Lauren Oliver is the author of the teen novels Before I Fall and Panic and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages and are New York Times and international bestselling novels. She is also the author of two novels for middle grade readers, The Spindlers and Liesl & Po, which was an E. B. White Read Aloud Award nominee. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver is also the cofounder of the boutique literary development company Paper Lantern Lit.