Delirium (Lauren Oliver novel)

Delirium (Lauren Oliver novel)
Author(s) Lauren Oliver
Country United States
Language English
Series Delirium trilogy
Genre(s) Young adult/
Publication date January 1, 2011
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 383
Followed by Pandemonium

Delirium is a young adult novel written by Lauren Oliver.


Plot summary

In Delirium, a cure for amor deliria nervosa (love) had been discovered and was mandatory for citizens 18-year-old or over. Before the procedure, patients had to conduct a test to obtain a score, which would determine their future. Lena looked forward to the procedure as she was convinced by the government that love was a horrible disease that must be destroyed from man kind's system. However, she fell in love with an invalid (people who had not taken the cure), Alex. As an invalid, Alex pretended to be cured to escape imprisonment. In order to pursue love with Lena, he tried to persuade her to run away with him. Although Lena struggled with that, she ultimately decided to go just seven days before the procedure. Their escape did not worked as planned as it was discovered by the government, making it impossible to get away. Lena managed to escape, only to find out that Alex was left behind the fence.


Author, Lauren Oliver, says that the inspiration for Delirium happened one day at the gym. She had heard that the best novels feature suspense and romance and was watching a news report about an epidemic and thought about what would happen if the government convinced everyone love was a disease.


Delirium is the first installment of a trilogy. The next two books are titled Pandemonium and Requiem, they are set to be released 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Film Adaptation

Delirium has been optioned by Fox 2000 to be made into a movie.


External links

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