About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver was previously an editorial assistant at a publishing house in New York. A graduate of the University of Chicago and the MFA program at New York University, she is now a full-time writer and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Delirium is her second novel.
In her sophomore novel, Oliver (Before I Fall) presents an intriguing but disappointing thought experiment, set in a dystopian future in which American borders are sealed and civil order is enforced by regulation, vigilantism, and "the procedure," a coming-of-age lobotomy that excises amor deliria nervosa, or love. Nearly 18, Lena Haloway welcomes the prospect; her mother underwent three unsuccessful procedures and eventually committed suicide, so Lena deeply believes that love equals suffering. Still, there's a subversiveness to her thoughts and actions, from nurturing the motherless child Gracie to reading Romeo and Juliet because it is "beautiful," not the cautionary tale it's presented as. When a strange, handsome boy begins to intrude on her life, strictly against the regulations, the "beauty" of that tragic trope begins to play out swiftly and relentlessly. The prose is accomplished, and the Portland, Maine, setting wonderfully evoked. However, Oliver's nightmare future lacks a visceral punch, primarily because of the weakness of the world-building. Her America has undergone a seismic shift, but the economic, religious, and cultural ramifications are all but ignored. Ages 14-up. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
'Lauren Oliver is the rising star of young adult fiction... [Delirium] deftly conjures up a recognisably dystopian parallel to our own world, as convincingly terrifying as the North America of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.' -- Sunday Times 'Prepare to pull a sickie and be rooted to your chair with one of the most addictive books we've come across in ages... A recklessly romantic, smart, poignant and tense read from one of the most exciting writers around... Clever, moving and incredibly addictive.' -- Heat 'An original and fast-moving read from a very talented writer.' -- Sun 'Amazing, unputdownable!' -- Grazia 'The transformation of Lena's character from start to finish is amazing, and Oliver's words really tug at your heartstrings. Highly recommended.' -- Press Association 'A dystopian Romeo and Juliet story that deserves to be as massive as Twilight.' -- Stylist 'A beautifully written and wonderfully addictive book that fans of Margaret Atwood will devour.' -- Best 'Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall was one of Bella's favourite books of last year and this follow-up doesn't disappoint.' -- Bella 'Hugely compelling and addictive, this has massive commercial potential.' -- Bookseller's Choice, The Bookseller 'This has to be one of the most original fiction concepts for a long time... Brilliantly constructed... will leave you with your heart in your mouth... It will stir up the emotions that remind you why you bother with love at all.' -- News of the World 'A dystopian Romeo and Juliet ... Lauren's Oliver's futuristic vision, set in an alternate but recognisable America, is chillingly realised.' -- Marie Claire 'The setting for this clever, imaginative novel is a society in which love is treated as a disease... With a pacy, absorbing plot and a cast of engaging characters to revel in, Delirium also raises all manner of talking points: relationships, the role of the family, state intervention, friendship, loyalty, individual freedom. The movie must surely be just around the corner.' -- Daily Mail 'The setting for this clever, imaginative novel is a society in which love is treated as a disease... With a pacy, absorbing plot and a cast of engaging characters to revel in, Delirium also raises all manner of talking points: relationships, the role of the family, state intervention, friendship, loyalty, individual freedom. The movie must surely be just around the corner.' -- Daily Mail 'Delightfully easy to read, fabulously realised with depth and understanding, the characters run across the page like pixies. No wonder it has already been optioned for a movie.' -- MX
Gr 7 Up-In 17-year-old Lena's America, science has conquered the most pernicious disease of all-love. Also gone are laughter, dancing, and the appreciation of beauty. Lena is looking forward to being cured of her troublesome feelings until she meets a boy with golden eyes and hair the color of autumn. Audio version available from Audible.com. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.