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Transcript of Delirium

Literary Luminary
"It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure."
In the dystopian society of Lena Haloway's life, love is a dangerous disease. According to the government, Amor Deliria Nervosa (love) is a very serious disease that takes hold of a person, and controls them emotionally and physically. However, doctors have found a cure. At the age of 18, every citizen must go through a operation to be immune to the feeling of love. In this dystopian novel about forbidden love, by Lauren Oliver, comes a girl who fears love until one day she meets a boy and everything in her life is changed.
In dystopian literature governments have strict rules you have to adapt to. In
you are forced to live like love is a disease, and even though you may want to love, it is forbidden.
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By: Lauren Oliver


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“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)
If you fear that you or someone you know may have contracted deliria, please call the emergency line toll-free at 1-800-PREVENT to discuss immediate intake and treatment.”
The book has an overall rating of 4.5 stars. Most of the comments are positive, and generally everyone who has read the book has liked it. I defenitly do recomend this book to anyone who is looking for a romantic/exciting book to read! My whole group loved it!
“I run for I don't know how long. Hours, maybe, or days. Alex told me to run. So I run. You have to understand. I am no one special. I am just a single girl. I am five feet two inches tall and I am in-between in every way. But I have a secret. You can build walls all the way to the sky and I will find a way to fly above them. You can try to pin me down with a hundred thousand arms, but I will find a way to resist. And there are many of us out there, more than you think. People who refuse to stop believing. People who refuse to come to earth. People who love in a world without walls, people who love into hate, into refusal, against hope,and without fear. I love you. Remember. They cannot take it.”
"Before I begin, let me start by warning anyone who has placed this book on their To-Read Shelf: Do not plan on accomplishing anything productive for approximately 24 hours after starting the book. You have been warned. And for anyone who did not read this warning in time, you are more than welcome to join my sleep-deprived sob fest. If only I knew what I was getting myself into when I first picked up the book."
"Delirium is one of those books that makes your eyes second guess what they're reading, because how can anyone write such beautiful, beautiful things? It is chock full of phrases that you want to memorize and save for one of those moments when a loved one is going through a hard time, then lay it on them and take full credit for it. (I'd never do that, but it's tempting!)

This storyline was unsettling and tragic, with the aversion to love and the treatment of it as if it's a disease--amor deliria nervosa.I couldn't imagine a life without love, nor would I want to. But reading about it makes for an exhilarating experience. Oliver's creation of this world where the United States will basically lay the smackdown on anyone who is in love. The word "despair" is prominent in my mind when thinking about the tone of Delirium. It was very, very sad."
Why doesn't Gracie speak?

Lena knows what the interviewers want to hear, but she knows herself better than anyone. She doesn't like to act, she wants to be herself. Because her favorite color is gray she has to say blue because blue is a more fun color, while gray is dull, and sad.
Delirium Overview
Depressed about her mother
Gracie knows what really happened to her mother
She is scared of something, and thinks she might end up telling someone on accident
When Lena was being interviewed did she really mean what she said?
Risk Taking
One of the themes in Delirium is taking risks. Lena takes the risk of falling in love despite the consequences. She takes risks throughout the whole book. She sneaks out to see Alex, and she goes to secret concerts, and parties, etc. This book teaches us the importance of taking risks in order to know what life really is for yourself, not what people tell you life is like.
Do you think Hana agrees with the laws of love?
Love is a major theme in Delirium because all throughout the book the one major conflict is love. Despite the law of not being allowed to love Lena falls for Alex, loves her cousin Gracie and loves her mom. The author portrays how love is necessary, yet how it can also be dangerous. Love is a very important emotion that keeps people close, and brings out our inner self, and then makes us the individual that we are.

No because...
She listens to unapproved music
sneaks out at night to go to parties
talks to boys
does not runaway when given the opportunity
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