Delirium ereader

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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 smothered by a lie.
Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.

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Delirium ereader

  1. 1. Delirium ereaderTo download now please click the link below.http://amzn.to/139lmuwOverviewThey say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever.And Ive always believed them.Until now.Now everything has changed.Now, Id rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live ahundred years smothered by a lie.
  2. 2. Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that preventsthe delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls inlove.ReviewsI adored Delirium when I first read and reviewed it, which was back in February.I had limited experience with dystopia, only having read Matched, The HungerGames, and Uglies, but Delirium made it one of favourite genres. I’ve comeacross many young dystopian novels since then, and having re-read Delirium, Ican safely say that it is still one of my favourites and one of the best books I’veread this year.Although Delirium is a dystopian novel, it is first and foremost a love story; itdoesn’t pretend to be anything else. At eighteen years old, citizens of the USAlegally must undergo a procedure – a “cure” – that will result in the them beingunable to love anyone ever again, whether it may be a partner, friend or family.When Alex enters her life, Lena must fight for the right to love whomever shewishes.One of the things that I didn’t mention in my previous review, that really struckme about the novel, is the writing. Lauren Oliver has a talent for using the mostbeautiful, rich language and imagery to capture a moment perfectly. When I’mreading novels, I try to picture the scenes in my head and sometimes it becomesblurry. I try to focus on it but the author hasn’t provided enough detail for me todo so. Lauren Oliver is the complete opposite. She expertly describes everysingle scene so that the image in my head comes out crystal clear, from thedescription of the setting to Lena’s emotions:“The water is an enormous mirror, tipped with and pink and gold from the sky.In that single, blazing moment as I came around the bend, the sun – curvedover the dip of the horizon like a solid gold archway – lets out its final winkingrays of light, shattering the darkness of the water, turning everything white for afraction of a second, and then falls away, sinking, dragging the pink and the redand the purple out of the sky with it, all the colour bleeding away instantly andleaving only dark.Alex was right. It was gorgeous – one of the best I’ve ever seen."
  3. 3. Another thing I did not pay enough attention to before (because I was eagerlyrushing trough the story) is the small fragments of society – the quotation ofofficial documents, rules and regulations, children’s songs, and poetry, whichhelp the reader to mentally construct and imagine the world that Lauren Oliverhas created. Even though the story mostly focuses on Lena and Alex’srelationship and the things they discover about each other, we’re constantlyaware that they live in a restrictive and severely controlled society.Delirium is a wonderfully emotional, heartbreaking love story set in a dystopianfuture. It’s both a gritty and mellow experience. If you’ve not yet jumped on tothe dystopian bandwagon, I’d suggest that reading Delirium is a very good startindeed.“Love, the deadliest of all deadly things: it kills you both when you have it andwhen you don’t.”There are some books written that touch you deeply. Stories that work their waystealthily into your heart, and imbeds itself securely there, and refusing todisperse, leaving you utterly breathless and completely captivated withwondrous awe. Delirium did this for me. There are not many books that canspeak to you the way Delirium does. Books that tug at your heartstrings, andmake you believe in the impossible. Books that can express what love really is:an all consuming, brilliantly captivating, wrenchingly heartbreaking power thattakes control over you. Love that turns your world around, shows you things younever saw before, makes everything brighter and more amazing than you everthought they could be.Delirium takes you on the journey of Lena, a normal girl in a loveless society,who is soon immersed in the unthinkable, has found herself facing the mostdeadly thing ever known to mankind. Love. Lena begins to explore thiscompletely new and forbidden emotion. An emotion that people shun and fear.An emotion that could get her killed. And in the end, she is tried more than shecould have possibly imagined. My heart breaks for her, and yet it soars with hersas she discovers this whole new, enthralling world.Delirium is such a uniquely, enchanting, astounding story. It was beautifullywritten, brilliantly told. And the ending. I don’t know if I’ve read a more
  4. 4. heartbreaking, incredible ending. The last several pages I was on the edge. Icouldn’t read fast enough. The story had me captive, refusing to let go until thevery last word. I don’t know how I can possibly wait until 2012 for Pandemoniumto come out! When February 1 rolls around, get your hands on this book, anddon’t let go. Prepare yourself for a wonderful, beautiful love story that hopefullytouches you the way it did me.Wow. There are few words to describe this book but one of them is that. Wow.Every word of this story burrowed under my skin and festered there, leaving mestarving for more once the story ended. Its funny because as much as I lovedthe story, I want to say it was too long. And I really think it was. For everylyrical word I read, I felt a good third of them could have been chopped and stillmaintained the dignity and integrity of the story in its entirety. If it were shorter,I dont think I would have missed anything. I would have still found myself asattached to the story as I am now. But at the end of the day, I didnt mindreading all of those extra words. They just put more fluffy in the bed of story Iwas lying in.I loved seeing Lena change as the story progressed and watching her becomeher own Hana without realizing it until itd already happened. Im not a big fan ofplaying up the "Im so normal" schtick that YA female protags have a tendencyof doing but its whats in the seemingly "normal" that the story lies. There is apoint to it so if you find yourself rolling your eyes as you read about yet anotherteen MC finding herself plain next to her gorgeous best friend, just hold it out. Itredeems itself. Although what I found pretty pointless was the constantmentioning of Lenas height. By the end of the book I couldnt place its relevanceto the overall story. I didnt get why it was mentioned constantly. Can anyoneelse help me out here?What I really liked was how Oliver had a way with such seemingly little lines thatdid such an amazing job of portraying Lenas naivety exactly how it was, withoutpretenses. My favorites:"I hate it when my aunt looks at me like that, like shes reading all the bad partsfrom my soul." (pg. 71)"Its [The Telltale Heart] supposed to be a story about guilt and the dangers ofcivil disobedience, but when I first read it I thought it seemed kind of lame and
  5. 5. melodramatic. Now I get it, though. Poe must have snuck out a lot when he wasyoung." (pg. 117)Im a fan of Romeo & Juliet and I really liked the way Oliver bled that themeover into Delirium. In reality, its a pretty commonly-used trope, especially inYA, but I really liked it here. Alex is the type of YA guy that needs to bepermeated throughout YA fiction. Hes not a dick, hes not a stalker, he treatsLena how she should be treated. Shock! So I was really pushing for the two toend up together because I found him such a redeeming and valuable characterto the story.I thought the world Oliver developed was absolutely amazing. More than once Ifound myself getting audibly revolted with how that society functioned.Lobotomizing the population as a means to control them? How terrifying is that?Its the nineteenth century redux. I also liked how the vantage point rose up offof Lenas shoulders every once in a while so the reader got a better view of theworld. How its all fenced in and electrified and the crazy that lies behind itsborders (and within it). I also liked how the illusion broke down as the storywent on, shattering the safe indoctrination Lena got as she was growing up.Really I liked how Delirium can be viewed as what can happen when thegovernment takes protecting us from ourselves a little too far. Its scary andwhos to say it couldnt happen? Really?I havent read Before I Fall but if the writing is anything like Delirium, Im goingto swallow the thing whole. This book induces some serious writer envy in me.Its a level that I would strive to reach and can only dream of achieving. I haveno doubt Delirium will prevail as one of the defining novels of dystopianliterature for years to come. It doesnt always have to be about society totallybreaking down. This ones all about society winding itself far too tight. If yourelooking for a dystopian book that doesnt involve society functioning at its basestanimal instincts for survival, Delirium is it. And the writing and plot andcharacters are all fantastic enough to suck you in and hold you strong as well. Iwouldnt want to forget mentioning that.Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall was my favorite book of 2010 and I was eagerlyanticipating her new dystopian follow up. Since I’m such a fan of both LaurenOliver and dystopian books I had high expectations Delirium. I’m happy to sayDelirium did not disappoint, and impressed me just as much as her first book. Iread this book originally several months ago and was pondering it for a whiledeciding what to say in a review. I was emotionally wrecked after reading it thefirst time. I decided to re-read it after publication to pull my thoughts together. Iended up listening to the audiobook format this time.
  6. 6. Delirium is takes place in Portland Maine in a future world where love isconsidered a disease. The disease is identified as amor deliria nervosa andscientists perform brain surgery on all citizens when they turn eighteen to curethem of the disease. Just before the procedure the candidates must submit to aninterview before they can be matched to their ideal husband/wife. The maincharacter Lena is just about to turn eighteen, and is looking forward to herprocedure. Both of her parents have died, and the cure for deliria did not workon her mother after 3 attempts. Lena’s best friend Hana is starting to rebelagainst the strict regulated books, music, and curfews they are expected tofollow. Lena and Hana are at an after-curfew party when Lena meets up withAlex. They fall hard for each other but of course need to keep their relationship asecret. Unfortunately the clock is ticking on Lena’s procedure date.The writing is incredible in this book. Ms. Oliver has a way with words and theemotions of the characters leap off the page. The writing is lovely anddescriptive throughout the novel. Another nice touch is the passages at thebeginning of each chapter. There are quotes from different governmentapproved books, including the “Book of Shhh,” an abbreviation for “The Safety,Health, and Happiness Handbook.” These quotes provide more of a glimpse ofthe dystopian world.The set up of the book was done well and showed Lena’s life prior to getting“infected” by Alex. In the beginning, Lena is on board with the governmentprogram to get matched and have the procedure. She did not want to end upun-cured like her mother, although she misses and remembers her fondly. Thegovernment restricts all kinds of activity that inspires love/deliria or laughter andbugs phone calls and conducts random raids to look for violations. It isinteresting to see Lena’s opinion change as she becomes more intrigued with thelives of “resisters.”This book explores relationships very well, and one of the strongest bonds in thebook is between the friends Lena and Hana. They are best friends and have allkinds of plans of things they want to do before their procedure is scheduled.They enjoy going running together particularly. Lena worries that her friendshipwith Hana won’t be the same after the procedure.The relationship between Alex and Lena is one of the most compelling aspects ofthe book. Their relationship is smoldering and passionate, and he opens her eyes
  7. 7. to a different world. They have the odds stacked against them and it makes youwant them to succeed as a couple that much more.The book really shines in the final third of the book, when the action leads to agut-wrenching cliffhanger. I can’t wait to find out what happens next. The nextbook in the series cannot arrive soon enough.Regarding the audiobook – I enjoyed listening to the book in this format. ActressSarah Drew reads the book. Grey’s Anatomy fans will know her as April. Since Ilistened to the book after I read it first, I had an opinion on what Lena’s voicewould sound like. At first, the reader did not match up to my expectation ofLena’s voice. However, as I listened more to the story I felt the reader did agreat job with conveying Lena’s emotions and with the voices of the othercharacters. The audiobook is just over 11.5 hours long.Delirium is the first book in a trilogy. This book sets up the dystopian world well,but there is room to fill in more details about how the world ended up this way infuture books. The premise seems believable and possible, and I enjoyed thedystopian elements. I would consider this book to be more about love andrelationships first, but with a dystopian setting. I would recommend Delirium tofans of Before I Fall, as well as fans of YA and dystopians. The writing is simplybeautiful, with a well-crafted story that will haunt you.To download now please click the link below.http://amzn.to/139lmuw

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