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  • Amor deliria nervosa. The deadliest of all deadly things.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver


This is the book I have been looking for; Ever since I finished the Legend series, I haven’t found another good dystopian – until now. Now, I know many of you will think ‘great, another book about love’, but trust me, this is not what you think it will be. If you liked the Matched trilogy you will probably LOVE this one. It’s a perfect mix of Matched and Uglies. The friendship of Hana and Lena reminds me a lot of the relationship of Tally and Shay in the Uglies series, which I also loved.

This is the first book by Lauren Oliver I have read, and I will now be hunting out all her books, old and new, and binging them. I made the mistake of only buying delirium; but no fear with 30 seconds of finishing I went on amazon and bought the next two… #2dayShipping! And can we just take a moment to appreciate the beautiful new covers!

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Some of my favorite quotes:

“I said, I prefer the ocean when it’s gray. Or not really gray. A pale, in-between color. It reminds me of waiting for something good to happen.”

“I just want to be normal, like everybody else.”
“Are you sure that being like everybody else will make you happy?”

delirium book reviewSynopsis

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 mistake.

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? BUY ONLINE

Symptoms of Amor Deliria Nervosa


  • preoccupation; difficulty focusing
  • dry mouth
  • perspiration, sweaty palms
  • fits of dizziness and disorientation
  • reduced mental awareness; racing thoughts; impaired reasoning skills


  • periods of euphoria; hysterical laughter and heightened energy
  • periods of despair; lethargy
  • changes in appetite; rapid weight loss or weight gain
  • fixation; loss of other interests
  • compromised reasoning skills; distortion of reality
  • disruption of sleep patterns; insomnia or constant fatigue
  • obsessive thoughts and actions
  • paranoia; insecurity


  • difficulty breathing
  • pain in the chest, throat or stomach
  • complete breakdown of rational faculties; erratic behavior; violent thoughts and fantasies;
  • hallucinations and delusions


  • emotional or physical paralysis (partial or total)
  • death

lauren-oliverAbout the Author

Lauren Oliver comes from a family of writers and so has always (mistakenly) believed that spending hours in front of the computer every day, mulling over the difference between “chortling” and “chuckling,” is normal. She has always been an avid reader.

She attended the University of Chicago, where she continued to be as impractical as possible by majoring in philosophy and literature. After college, she attended the MFA program at NYU and worked briefly as the world’s worst editorial assistant, and only marginally better assistant editor, at a major publishing house in New York. Her major career contributions during this time were flouting the corporate dress code at every possible turn and repeatedly breaking the printer. Before I Fall is her first published novel.




About Sarah Kloth

Sarah Kloth is a graduate of University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, accomplishing a Bachelors of Arts in Multimedia Digital Arts. Kloth currently works at a local advertising agency as a web developer / digital marketing director. She is the dystopian editor at Shelf Unbound Magazine with her column "Dystopian Fangirl". She currently resided in Milwaukee with her husband, cat and chocolate lab. Sarah drinks over 6 cups of tea a day and loves to get "arts and crafty" while jamming out to MMMbop.

2 thoughts on “Delirium

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    I’m really happy you liked this one! Sadly I didn’t, but it’s a case of “it’s not you it’s me”. I think the author describes the world too well, a world without love, laugh, music, and it’s just really bland and boring for me… It’s sad because the concept is really interesting. I still want to read her other books though!

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    I love her Delirium books so much! This was the first of Lauren Oliver books I read too, and now I’ve read them all. Love her!

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