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.
In her debut novel, Lauren Oliver channels all the awkwardness and wonder of teenage consciousness within a poignant framework...as someone said of Nick Hornby, it takes a mature writer to describe immaturity, Lauren Oliver proves this to be true in her thought provoking memorable debut. - Herald Sun the tone is balanced by the suspense and knowing asides about how schoolgirls really think and operate -the author herself is only 25. In learning the consequences of every action, the dawning of compassion and capacity to love, Oliver gets to the heart of the matter-what it means to live a good life that transcends the typical high-school thriller. - Sunday Times Perth It s a powerful story with a great message. - Girlfriend an incredible debut...This exquisitely written novel renders perfectly the world of today's teenager... this inspiring tale refrains from simple moralising, instead surprising us with a superbly complex and humane ending. - Hobart Mercury Forget reality and enjoy this achingly heartbreaking debut...an excellent read. - NW Drawing comparisons with the bestselling The Lovely Bones, this is the story of 18-year-old Sam Kingston, who is killed in a car crash one rainy night... Oliver packs a powerful message in her teenage voice.' - The Sunday TelegraphHugely moving and gorgeously written . . . an extremely clever and well-written nov
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.