Wouldn’t life be simpler without the messiness and distraction of love? Lauren Oliver’s Delirium, the first in a trilogy, imagines just that: a society in which citizens are “cured” when they turn 18. But Lena, just weeks shy of her procedure, thinks she might have caught the disease. Lauren Oliver sat down with Kirkus’ Children’s & Teen Editor Vicky Smith to talk about her book, its sequel and rewriting the Bible.

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