Delirious about books? Here comes Lauren Oliver

In her New York Times bestselling “Delirium” trilogy, award-winning young adult author Lauren Oliver challenges readers to imagine a dystopian society where love is dangerous and forbidden.  

The series that has taken the world by storm comes to a thrilling conclusion in the third and final instalment, Requiem, and fans can join Oliver for the Cayman Islands launch on Thursday, 9 May, at 7pm at Books & Books, Camana Bay.  

 

About the book 

About the Author 

Lauren Oliver captivated readers with her first novel, the New York Times bestseller “Before I Fall”, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. 

She followed that up with “Delirium”, the first book in her New York Times bestselling trilogy, which continued with “Pandemonium”.  

Oliver is also the author of Liesl & Po, a book for middle-grade readers, which received three starred reviews and was described as “a gorgeous story—timeless and magical” by Newbery Medal winner Rebecca Stead. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU’s MFA program, Lauren Oliver lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

Weekender grabbed Lauren for a quickfire five-minute Q&A frenzy. 

 

How does it feel to have concluded the trilogy? 

I feel both a sense of relief and a real sense of sadness. I’m proud of the end result, though, and happy with the shape of the trilogy as a whole; still, a part of me isn’t ready to let go!  

 

Are you surprised about the reaction so far? 

I’ve been thrilled and grateful for the enthusiasm of my fans, yes. I don’t think any author predicts or can anticipate a response of this kind, although of course we all secretly dream of it!  

 

When did you realise that this was something people were connecting with? 

When the emails began to pour in. I’ve received the most incredible messages from fans all over the world, telling me how deeply they connect to Lena and her story.  

 

What inspires your ideas? 

I draw inspiration from everywhere: from books and music, from the news, from stories my friends tell me and from memories of my own life.  

 

What’s next for you? 

Next up is a gritty, contemporary young adult book called Panic, which will release in spring 2014. And next year I’ll also release my first “grown-up” book, “Rooms”, in fall 2014. 

 

And what is your advice to any budding author? 

Practice! That’s the only way to get better. Write and read as much as you can. 

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