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Lauren Oliver


January 1, 2011


Young adult fiction


Delirium trilogy



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Movie Release Dates: 20 June 2014

IMDB Delirium movie cast

Emma RobertsEmma Roberts
Lena Haloway
Billy CampbellBilly Campbell
Thomas Fineman
Ian Anthony DaleIan Anthony Dale
Gregg SulkinGregg Sulkin
Julian Fineman
Erin CahillErin Cahill
Rachel Haloway
Michael MicheleMichael Michele
Elyse Hargrove
Melinda McGrawMelinda McGraw
Daren KagasoffDaren Kagasoff
Alex Sheathes


Love like anything else in life has both its positives and negatives. It can be the feeling, which many books and movies portray of pure ecstasy. It could also be the reason for what we call heartache. Love has driven people throughout history to do many violent and irrational things. Things people who have not experienced love, whether it be for your child, your country or even your spouse, just wouldn’t do. It is due to the potency of love, that is been viewed as a disease in Lauren Oliver’s Delirium, a disease one must be cured of.


Lena Tiddle is a seventeen-year-old high school senior, who lives in a world where love is considered a disease. The disease’s scientific name is Amor Deliria Nervosa. The government has set rules, to cure the population of this illness. The method of vaccination utilized by the government is a brain surgery, which an individual must undertake, upon reaching adulthood. Once the surgery has been successful, the individual would be considered as cured, and hence unable to experience the feeling of love. Those cured would live within walled off cities where they would be safe from possible infection. Around these cities are the countrysides known as the Wild. Where Invalids roam – those who have not been cured.

As the novel commences Lena is very enthusiastic about being cured. She has witnessed that love had only caused those close to her grief. Her sister had contracted the disease just before it was time for her surgery. This caused her to have to be forced onto the operation table to be treated. The surgery had failed twice on her mother and as a result she took her own life. According to Lena’s research some of her predecessors had the disease. After learning of all the things they had done, due to the disease, she describes it as the worst disease of all to have.

The time comes for Lena to undergo evaluation before she receives the surgery, as she is about to come of age. The evaluation takes the form of a panel question and answer, where your answers determine the quality of your life hereafter. The questions have specific answers that are acceptable to the panel, which Lena are well aware of. She is alone in the evaluation room, with only the panel questioning her. She begins to get stressed. In her flustered state Lena begins to answer the questions giving her honest opinions. She is aware that her chances of a normal life are slipping through her fingers with each bumbled answer she gives. Luckily for Lena, a stampede of cows begin to cause havoc in the building and interrupts her evaluation. She catches a glimpse of a young man laughing to himself as the cows run wild. She then notices markings on the cows, which suggest that this is the work of Invalids. To deal with the matter Lena’s evaluation is scrapped and she is informed that she will be evaluated at a later date.

Lena notices, the young man once again, she discovers that he is in security, with scars that show he had been cured. Despite seeing his scars Lena grows found of him.

Deciding that she wants to have an incident-free summer, Lena chooses to put away her feelings for Alex. Meanwhile, her friend Hana has different intentions for the summer and invites Lena out to an underground party. After having an argument Lena decides to go to the party. The party is too much for her as the boys and girls are touching each other and drinking alcohol. The culture shock is really hard for her to digest and she is ready to leave. Hana however, is insistent on staying, where the two once again come to a disagreement and Lena goes to leave. Reaching the door fearing the end of her friendship she meets Alex once again. Alex reveals that he is fond of her and she has been admiring him from afar in silence for a while. Flattered by his confession Lena lets Alex dance with her even agrees to visit the beach with him the following day.

With her evaluation still to come, Lena’s feelings for Alex are growing. Her family’s history is filled with consequences of rebellion, Lena is fully aware of the risk she is taking. Will she fall victim to the lethal disease or return to her life as a good citizen?

“I love you. Remember. They cannot take it”
― Lauren Oliver, Delirium

“Love: It will kill you and save you, both”
― Lauren Oliver, Delirium

“He who leaps for the sky may fall, it’s true. But he may also fly.”
― Lauren Oliver, Delirium

“The most dangerous sicknesses are those that make us believe we are well”
― Lauren Oliver, Delirium



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