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  • Published: New York : HarperCollins, 2011.
  • Year Published: 2011
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 441 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 920

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 9780061726828
  • 0062112430



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by Oliver, Lauren, 1982-

There is currently 1 available and 2 requests on 10 copies

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Call number: Teen Fiction

Available Copies: Downtown Teen

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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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Kind of similar to The Hunger Games

I also couldn't put the book down. Combining dystopian with romance is my ultimate bias in reading. I definitely want to read "Pandemonium".


I could not put this book down! It was finished in two days! Already reading Pandemonium

Good start

I had a hard time putting this book down.

The premise is an alternate United States where everyone gets a surgical procedure done that makes love impossible (without love, there is also no hate and so war is abolished). Lena, the narrator, is 17, only a few months from her procedure, and a complete believer in the system. And then, of course, she gets the deleria and falls in love.

I definitely don't buy the premise of the book. This country is too independent ever to allow the government to mandate an action like this story requires. I mean, we have children dying from preventable diseases because we allow parents to opt their children out of vaccines... do you really think we'd let the government remove our capacity to love? (And no, I don't think the government should mandate vaccines... I think good science and social pressure should make all parents of healthy children get their kids vaccinated!)

If you think soccer moms want to protect school funding, do you really think they'd allow the government to remove their ability to love their children? Never.

But if you allow the premise of the book,... it's really well done. Seen through a 17 year old believer's eyes, the system is beautiful and makes sense. Her discovery of an alternate, parallel community of dissidents shakes her, challenges her, and eventually sways her. It's a story beautifully told about friendship, your place in the world, love, and sacrifice.

I did get to the end of the book and feel like it was the wrong story, in a way. This is the story of Lena making a decision, but in the end I'm far more interested in how she lives with that decision than with how she made it. But it turns out this is only the first book of a trilogy, so really it's just that I read the wrong book. I'll be reading the sequel when it comes out.

Cliff hanger

The author leaves us at a cliff hanger. I hate it when it happens. I don't like Lena. Don't read until the last book comes out.

One of the best books I've ever read!

I absolutley adore this book! It really makes you think about how life would be if love was actually was a disease.The one thing I didn't like about this book was the beginning. I understand why the author made it that way, but it was kind of slow and boring to me. But don't worry, it picks up and becomes really good. I definitely reccomend this book!


Good book, cliche ending. Don't really feel the need to read the others. The cliffhanger isn't that horrible, so don't worry

Very Awesome book

This book is so good you won't be able to stop reading it!!!!!!!

Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver is an amazing author! She really knows how to stir up reader's emotions. You're either crying your eyes out (Before I Fall) or so angry you could burst because you NEED the next book (Delirium Series).


I am a picky reader but this book is really WOW. It has a lot of material about what love really is and what the sacrifices of it are. It demonstrates really well how very lucky we are to live in a country in which we are allowed to love and are not subjected to a surgery that takes our independence away. A great, moving, entertaining read.

Next book please?

If you're horrible about waiting for sequels to come out, don't read this now. It ends on a horrible cliffhanger.


amazing book that really puts things into perspective.

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