‘Delirium’ reveals twists and turns of dystopian society


Mariko Galton, Reporter

“Delirium” by Lauren Oliver promotes the idea of love as a disease.

At the age of 18, the government forces teens to undergo The Cure, a procedure that brainwashes them into submitting to the government. Undergoing the procedure risks death, deformity or insanity.

Eighteen-year-old Lena Haloway has 95 days until her procedure. Pressured by her aunt and sister, Lena believes that The Cure will save her from the deadly clutches of love. However, when Lena meets Alex, he reveals a secret that will shatter her world forever.

With time running out, Lena must make a decision before the procedure and risk losing the enchantment of love.

“Delirium” will beguile readers with its ‘love prevails’ theme and its hidden twists behind dystopian societies. It reveals the scary intentions of the government similar to that of George Orwell’s “1984.”

This novel is recommended for ages 14 and above because of mild violence and adult situations. Readers will be surprised by the unexpected ending of “Delirium.”