Delirium and Pandemonium Quotes: Speculation for Requiem

Hi there! Are you getting excited for Requiem? Do you love pulling books apart to find foreshadowing and deeper meaning? Well, I’ve got a post for you! Below I have compiled some quotes from Delirium and Pandemonium, courtesy of After each quote, I’ve added a bit of my own speculation about what the quote could mean. Please add your thoughts and arguments in the comments!

Case for Lena and Julian

“You came from different starts and you’ll come to different ends.” -Delirium, Lauren Oliver
Since Lena said this in Delirium, which focused on her relationship with Alex, you could interpret this as a hint that Lena and Alex will go their separate ways at the end.

“The past is nothing but a weight. It will build inside of you like a stone.” -Delirium, Lauren Oliver
If Lena and Alex’s history is nothing but a weight, is that really something she wants to resurrect? Maybe being with Julian would be easier on her heart.

“That’s when you really lose people, you know.When the pain passes.” -Delirium, Lauren Oliver
Has Lena already lost Alex, since, believing Alex is dead, she started to love Julian?

“I need him to know that I came for him. I need him to know that somehow, at some point in the tunnels, I began to love him.” -Pandemonium, Lauren Oliver
There is no denying that Lena loves Julian strongly. What we’ll find out in Requiem is which love is stronger: her love for Alex or her love for Julian.

Case for Lena and Alex

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First Requiem Review!!!

Warning: Thar be minor spoilers ’round these parts!

That’s right folks, it’s no joke: an ARC of Requiem has been read and reviewed by Lenore Appelhans over at Presenting Lenore.


Too good to be true? Nope. Lauren Oliver comments on it herself:

We definitely learn some new information about the final installment of Oliver’s trilogy in this review. So read at your own risk! Having read the review myself, I can say that it’s exciting to get a taste of Requiem. But if you want a completely clean slate when opening to Chapter One, I recommend not reading these reviews of ARCs, which are bound to pop up more and more often as we get closer to that wonderful day in March 2013.

If you’ve read the review and would like to comment, please put a spoiler warning before your discussion of anything that is new info from Ms. Appelhans’s review!

37 Brooks Street Episode 2

This month’s 37 Brooks Street discussion will focus around The Disease and Cure!

I am sure everyone here has a opinion on the subject, but lets take a moment to place ourselves within this world. Where as children we are brought up fearing love. No doubt if we had lived within this world we would have been just like Lena at the start of Delirium, counting down the days to our procedure. Or would you have been a bit more like Hana? Wanting that last fling of fun, as an act of rebellion before you settled down to your predefined fate!

Then we have the anomalies, where the cure didn’t quite work right, or we only know of the one, Lena’s mother, where the cure failed to work on her several times! This is a whole other debate in itself but could she be the answer to the uncure of the cure?

So let us know your thoughts on Love as a disease and the thought of living in a world where you would never have the fear of having your heart broken, where your partner would be chosen for you, and your choices were not your own. Comment bellow!

Anna’s Op Ed: Lena and the Past

Lena, still uninfected with the deliria, breaks the fourth wall* to tell us about the past and how it will only hinder future decisions.

I’ll tell you another secret, this one for your own good. You may think the past has something to tell you. You may think that you should listen, should strain to make out its whispers, should bend over backward, stoop down low to hear its voice breathed up from the ground, from the dead places. You may think there’s something in it for you, something to understand or make sense of. But I know the truth: I know from the nights of Coldness. I know the past will drag you backward and down, have you snatching at whispers of wind and the gibberish of trees rubbing together, trying to decipher some code, trying to piece together what was broken. It’s hopeless. The past is nothing but a weight. It will build inside of you like a stone. Take it from me: If you hear the past speaking to you, feel it tugging at your back and running its fingers up your spine, the best thing to do—the only thing—is run.

Oliver, Lauren (2011-08-02). Delirium: The Special Edition (pp. 157-158). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

In this quote, Lena is adamant that dwelling on the past will only hurt you and your future. At this point in the novel, she has just learned that Alex is an Invalid, an uncured from the Wilds. Lena tells the reader that “the past is nothing but a weight” because she doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s uncured footsteps.

Is Lena right? Does the past just bog you down? More after the jump.

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What I Learned from Delirium

Note: Here’s the first of my op ed pieces about the Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver. All opinion expressed in this article is mine alone and does not reflect the official views of this site, Ms. Oliver, or any affiliated party. With that in mind, I hope you enjoy! xo Anna

Of love, Lena Haloway fears one thing above the rest. It is “the deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.”

Lena never wanted to fall in love. In her world, love is a dangerous even deadly condition, one which must be eradicated in order to shape an orderly, productive society. Lena fully supports this dogma, so much so she even counts down the days until she can undergo the procedure that cures citizens of amor deliria nervosa, the medical term for love.

Of course, as is with all fiction, when would we ever want to see a character get what they want on page one? Literature is best served on top of a heaping pile of conflict. And so, against her wishes and despite her resistance, Lena falls in love with the mysterious and intriguing Alex. And even worse- she finds she’s happy that she’s acquired the deadly deliria.

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Hello from a New Admin!

Hello, fellow Invalids! Isn’t it great that we can use “invalid” as a compliment?

My name is Anna, and I’m the newest admin here on the Delirium Fandom site! A bit about me: I’m currently studying Secondary Education and English at a university in Minnesota, USA. I’m also writing my own futuristic YA novel! I’m a huge fan of YA books like Delirium (obviously) and if I could sell my soul to get my hands on Requiem right now, well, let’s just say there’d be one less soul around these parts. XD I kid, I kid!

A few of my Delirium trilogy favorites:

Favorite Character: Hana- I know this is controversial, but let me specify: I’m talking about Delirium Hana, not Hana from the short story. In Delirium, Hana was just so full of life, so bold, so confident. If you think about it, Hana was really the first of Oliver’s characters to question the system (“You can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes.”) Mad props to her for challenging The System. Yes, what she did in her short story was reprehensible, but I believe she’ll have a chance for redemption in Requiem. We’ll have to wait and see!

Favorite Scene: I really love any scene related to 37 Brooks Street. The good times that Lena, Alex, and Hana had remind me of my own teenage years. And I think it’s absolutely awesome that even though they are right under society’s nose, they still manage to break the rules and have a good time! How cool is that?

Favorite Line: The classic one, of course. You just can’t get any more heartbreaking than “I love you. Remember. They cannot take it.” Swoon!

So, dear readers, what are your favorites from the Delirium trilogy? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to get to know all of you!

Lauren Oliver reads from Pandemonium

To celebrate the much anticipated release of Pandemonium, Lauren Oliver reads aloud from the thrilling sequel! So everyone, grab your brand new copies of Pandemonium and read along!

Until next time,

I love you. Remember. They cannot take it.