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—Proverb 42, The Book of Shhh. It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the. Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution. Download Delirium pdf written by Lauren Oliver from Reading Sanctuary.

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Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Delirium by Lauren Oliver. There is an alternate cover edition for this ISBN13 here. In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable l There is an alternate cover edition for this ISBN13 here.

Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn't about to make the same mistake. But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the "Wilds" who lives under the government's radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?

Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published February 7th by HarperCollins first published February 3rd More Details Original Title. Portland, Maine United States. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Delirium , please sign up. Merjem In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure …more In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the Wilds who lives under the government's radar. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [In the end I don't understand why they couldn't have both jumped?

Why did Alex surrender? Emma This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ Alex wanted to buy Lena more time. Alex would not have had enough time to climb over the fence, because then, they would've gotten to them. So …more Alex wanted to buy Lena more time. So basically it was because Alex realized that they both wouldn't make it, so he sacrificed himself to save Lena.

See all 61 questions about Delirium…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Around page 30 ish there is a line in the book that I really could not get past and I nearly put the book down because of it.

I am positive that eyeballs literally doing a cha-cha with light bulbs is not is not what Oliver meant to portray. I am also pretty sure, given the context, that this statement was not intended as hyperbole. Now see here, I am normally not a grammar stickler, but this lapse Around page 30 ish there is a line in the book that I really could not get past and I nearly put the book down because of it.

Now see here, I am normally not a grammar stickler, but this lapse in judgment, I think calls for a public flogging of either the author or the editor.

Possibly both. Have I mentioned before that I really hate writing negative reviews? It is so much easier to rant and rave about how wonderful a book is, than it is to point out all the problems I had with it.

Just saying. The original concept of this book was at first compelling and interesting. The idea that love is a disease that has, in the near future, been cured. The fact that love has been classified as "the most deadly of deadly things" and that the government is sanctioning and actually requiring all citizens to undergo a lobotomy at the age of After which they will be assigned a mate.

And for the most part, it was. As the book progressed however, I kept finding undeniable parallels to Matched and Uglies. I found Lena, our protagonist and narrator, mostly weak, annoying, and infuriating. For example, there is a point in the book where view spoiler [Lena is caught with her love Alex, and consequentially is tied up in her room by her family.

Sorry, but, that about induced vomiting. The narrative voice is flowing, steady, and easy to follow. It was just interesting enough to keep you reading to find out what happens next. Believe it or not I actually really liked the ending. If there is a single redeeming virtue in Delirium, this is it. I am not sure if I liked the ending because view spoiler [one of the annoying characters was brutally eliminated from the plot in a bloody and melodramatic fashion I am joking hide spoiler ] or more likely, because it seemed somewhat fitting with the whole Romeo and Juliet theme that the author kept hinting at.

It was also marginally unexpected, which is always a good thing. I have put the next book on hold at the library, I am not sure if I will read it or not at this point. If you are a fan of sappy teenage romance books you would probably enjoy Delirium. It is stellar. View all 30 comments. YA romance fans. It is clear, the new genre of dystopian romance is here to stay. Apparently, paranormal romance formula I-can't-be-with-you-cause-I-might-kill-you is getting old, so now we will be bombarded with trilogies showcasing new formula I-can't-be-with-you-cause-this-bad-dystopian-world-is-tearing-us-apart.

And why did Lauren Oliver decide to dabble in this genre instead of sticking to what she knows best? I am trying to be nice here, but Oliver has no talent for speculative fiction. I worry about It is clear, the new genre of dystopian romance is here to stay.

I worry about this career choice of hers, because as of now she, as an author, is lost to me for at least 3 years.

I am not interested in more Delirium books. I love dystopias, I love how authors take current social and political trends and extrapolate them into future showing to us what can happen if these trends persist. The versions of future envisioned by Margaret Atwood built upon consequences of excessive genetic engineering or Paolo Bacigalupi 's - upon global warming and exhaustion of natural resources - are plausible and horrifying.

Lauren Oliver 's dystopia is based on a premise that love is considered to be a serious, life-threatening sickness, and thus outlawed. Outlawing love, apparently, solves all world problems. Now, I can buy a world where strong emotions are suppressed see The Giver. People in such world would be subdued and docile, and thus lack drive for power and violence. But love? The characters in this book cured of love, still get aggravated, annoyed, worried. They just don't love their spouses and kids.

And retain almost all other emotions. And the "horrible" consequences such premise brings about - neighborhood patrols, segregated by sex schools, arranged marriages, the horror! If, according to the author, this society is so constrictive, why is it so easy for teens to avoid curfews, to have parties with alcohol, to meet up in abandoned houses for some schmexy times, to fake being "cured" of love, to breach supposedly guarded borders?

What is written to be scary and menacing in the Delirium 's society just isn't. As a dystopia, this novel fails completely. The only aspect of the setting that is interesting is that how author twists Christian mythos to adapt to the love-is-a-dangerous-sickness premise.

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The focus of the story, and an excuse to write this dystopia, is, of course, a romance. I wish I could say I enjoyed at least this aspect of Delirium , but I didn't really. It is mildly more exciting than the one in Matched , slightly steamier, and at least doesn't have a love triangle yet.

But there is still a self-insert main character shy, ordinary, plain and the main male emo squeeze, quoting poetry, who falls for her anyway. I am exhausted by this arrangement. Authors, why don't you write books about something a little more important than a month-old teen romance?

Especially if you choose to create a dystopian novel, which, by definition, encompasses the entire world and supposedly endangers and oppresses all humanity. View all comments. I have no problem with an implausible story vehicle.

As long as the ride is good and it relates a moral or philosophical value. I just wish it had been more successful. He felt like a place-holder. For the first six months of his life, he barely looked at me in the eye. Instead the novel glosses over a lot of those things and thus felt cheap and shallow. This review can also be found on our blog, Cuddlebuggery Book Blog. View all 43 comments. December review: I adored Delirium when I first read and reviewed it, which was back in February.

I had limited experience with dystopia, only having read Matched , The Hunger Games , and Uglies , but Delirium made it one of favourite genres. Although Delirium is a dystopian novel, it is first and foremost a lo December review: When Alex enters her life, Lena must fight for the right to love whomever she wishes.

Lauren Oliver has a talent for using the most beautiful, rich language and imagery to capture a moment perfectly. Lauren Oliver is the complete opposite.

In that single, blazing moment as I came around the bend, the sun — curved over the dip of the horizon like a solid gold archway — lets out its final winking rays of light, shattering the darkness of the water, turning everything white for a fraction of a second, and then falls away, sinking, dragging the pink and the red and the purple out of the sky with it, all the colour bleeding away instantly and leaving only dark.

Alex was right. Delirium is a wonderfully emotional, heartbreaking love story set in a dystopian future. This book has pages and I finished in less than 24 hours. That already should tell you how much I loved it. The premise of Delirium is that this particular dystopian society sees love or amor deliria nervosa as a disease that needs to be cured by an operation on the brain. Delirium is similar to Matched in that citizens do not have a say in who they spend the rest of their life with.

However, this particular society goes even further and attempts to ensure that a person will never love again. This, according to the Regulators, will make the world a better place: I personally found Delirium to be much more heartbreaking and emotional than Matched and the storyline took a lot less time to develop.

The characters' rebellion and resistance to control as with all dystopian novels! This is where we witness the brutality and cruelty of those in charge of these future societies. However, all three novels are fantastic in their own way and Delirium offers yet another unique look at how a dystopian society could be.

It made me want to read even more dystopian literature and I did not feel like I was reading recycled material. I definitely recommend this to people who are already fans of young-adult dystopian literature. Do it. Thank you Hodder for sending me this book to review! Dystopian or Not Dystopian?

Dystopian I also reviewed this book over on Pretty Books. View all 29 comments. There are some books written that touch you deeply. Stories that work their way stealthily into your heart, and imbeds itself securely there, and refusing to disperse, leaving you utterly breathless and completely captivated with wondrous awe. Delirium did this for me. There are not many books that can speak to you the way Delirium does. Books that tug at your heartstrings, and make you believe in the impossible.

Books that can express what love really is: Love that turns your world around, shows you things you never saw before, makes everything brighter and more amazing than you ever thought they could be. Delirium takes you on the journey of Lena, a normal girl in a loveless society, who is soon immersed in the unthinkable, has found herself facing the most deadly thing ever known to mankind. Lena begins to explore this completely new and forbidden emotion.

An emotion that people shun and fear. An emotion that could get her killed. And in the end, she is tried more than she could have possibly imagined. My heart breaks for her, and yet it soars with hers as she discovers this whole new, enthralling world. Delirium is such a uniquely, enchanting, astounding story. It was beautifully written, brilliantly told. And the ending. The last several pages I was on the edge.

The story had me captive, refusing to let go until the very last word. Prepare yourself for a wonderful, beautiful love story that hopefully touches you the way it did me. Thank you, thank you! It was incredible. Delirium is being made into a movie! That completely just made my day: D http: View all 27 comments. View all 23 comments. May 16, Jesse JesseTheReader rated it really liked it. Such a good book. I loved the whole idea of the world even though I found it depressing.

It was such a unique concept. There were times when I found myself being annoyed with Lena. I kept thinking to myself "Lena, shut up. Oh and can I get more Hana Tate please? View all 19 comments. I want to curl up inside of him and be carried there forever. So understandably, I was very excited to hear about her next book, Delirium.

A dystopian world where love is a disease, written by the clearly very talented Oliver? Yeah, I can get behind that. I settled in to wait the long, cruel months until the February release date, when I got a surprise package in the ma 2. I settled in to wait the long, cruel months until the February release date, when I got a surprise package in the mail from the Polish Outlander -- her ARC of Delirium! Imagine my delight. I held off reading it for a few days, just to give myself some distance from Matched, which has a very similar concept, and which I'd just finished.

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But I didn't want to wait too long, so, similarities be damned, I went ahead and read it. I'm going to try to not keep comparing this to Matched, which isn't fair -- Matched had its own review, after all -- but I do have to say that, though each is its own thing, the similarities are pretty strong, and my reaction to each was the same -- I wanted so much more than I got.

Lest you think this review is wholly negative, let me start with the things I did like. I love the concept, and think it has the potential to be really powerful and fascinating. There is a flow to it most of the time that kept me reading even when I was frustrated by other things.

And there are these moments that shine through, these beautiful little word gems that Oliver creates, that reminds me of why I loved Before I Fall, and why I was so excited to read this.

But I was so very, very excited for this that I think I was even more let down by it than Matched, which was also something I was eager for. Before I Fall was fresh and compelling, and I felt like so much of Oliver, so much heart and so much work, went into it. I didn't feel the same about Delirium. I'm not going to accuse Oliver of selling out or hopping on a trend, but I do wonder how much passion was behind this story. But there were so many inconsistencies and questions I had that I couldn't ever commit.

I could only go along so far until logic would intrude. I would be forced to ask myself things like, If Lena was just bitten badly in the leg by a dog, why does Alex kissing her seem to erase not only any pain, but even any mention of the bite, until it's like an afterthought?

How does her family not notice that either a she's wearing pants in the middle of sweltering August, and limping, or b she's not wearing pants and the scar is showing and she's limping?

Because it has to be one of those 2 things. And though the "cure" may not make them care for her safety so much, it doesn't take away their suspicious natures.

Just like that. With raiding parties everywhere, and her bitten terribly, they just strolled on home, illegally, down the street? How do they get away with all the shit they get away with, in this repressive society? Smaller things, too, like words and phrases and things we have now that I don't see any use for, or don't believably buy would be in the world Oliver created. And, of course, the much bigger things, like how did all this -- the discovery of the "deliria", the cure, the restrictions, the beliefs, all of it -- come to be?

I know it may not be what Lauren intended, but with such a seemingly science-influenced dystopia, I need some good scientific reasoning, some "evidence" -- real or gov't created -- that backs everything up, some explanation or plausible scenario that lets this total overhaul of human beliefs and passions come to be in a matter of 60 years or so. That's a very, VERY brief period of time for such a huge and total change to take place, so I need reality to intrude a little.

I need either some hints of a really big conspiracy, or something so huge and devastating that people as a whole almost go into a state of shock or numbness that allows this to happen. Because, as a general rule, people don't willingly submit to mass lobotomies or the eradication of their feelings for the people they love -- or hate -- without some serious something acting as a catalyst. Petty strife and crimes of passion may make you think of Eternal Sunshining your mind spotless, but in an abstract, angry, wouldn't-it-be-lovely kind of way, and not a bring-on-the-procedure kind of way.

Some science, some history, some dogma, some thing beyond the sometimes eerie, sometimes meh snippets of "texts" that start every chapter, would have gone a long way toward helping me willingly suspend my disbelief. But even if I could have set the worldbuilding and believability aside -- no easy task in a concept novel like this -- for it to be saved, the characters and plot would have had to really shine.

But I felt like everything was a little wooden, a little cardboard, a little less than believable and real.

The love interest, Alex, was okay enough, but why should Lena care about him, and why should I? As a reader, in order to take that leap with a character, we need to know why, we need to feel it. All I got was that he was a boy who payed attention to her, he winked, he smiled, he seemed a bit smarmy and she's hooked.

Now, yes, I get that's enough for a teenage infatuation, and it may be heightened by the taboo nature of it. I even get that his more easy manner reminded Lena of her mother, who was incurable.

But for Lena, who has always been terrified of the deliria, which tore her world apart, and who has always looked forward to her procedure, and been so afraid of stepping out of the box, who is afraid to say, to even hear , the word love -- for her to completely flip and become reckless and passionate and all the other stuff that comes with being the things she's always feared The only way this really works for me, the only thing that would make me buy it and appreciate it, was if it took the slant that the deliria was real and she'd become infected.

Otherwise, I have no choice but to think this is a cheesy, run of the mill YA romance where one look from a guy makes a girl throw her entire being out the window and become a swooning, fluttery mess with no relation to the person she once was, and who would die for the roguish boy she knows nothing about. Which is, apparently, what every teenage girl is secretly waiting to do.

Maybe the deliria is real. Reviewed December 19th, View all 54 comments. Feb 14, Olivia rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. For the past sixty-four years, love was considered a disease which impaired reason and Before I begin, let me start by warning anyone who has placed this book on their To-Read Shelf: For the past sixty-four years, love was considered a disease which impaired reason and posed a threat to society.

A cure was established to protect United States citizens from the debilitating effects of the illness. At the age of 18, each person is required to undergo a procedure, permanently curing them from the sickness. The story follows year-old Lena Haloway, who grew up in Portland, Maine with her aunt and uncle.

Lena anxiously counts down the days until her procedure, anticipating the moment she can join the other "cureds" with excitement. This excitement quickly fades as Lena herself succumbs to the disease, becoming hopelessly entangled in a forbidden romance. I have to admire Oliver for the creative spin she placed on American society when establishing this dystopian world.

She managed to create a plausible universe in which love had been almost completely eradicated. I felt a pang of sorrow each time Oliver highlighted the emotionless shell of a community in which parents exhibited no compassion for their children and married couples exchanged no signs of affection for one another. Such examples reveal the underlying theme: More importantly, Oliver's writing was flawless. She vividly described each scene, allowing readers to visualise each event as it occurred.

Through her writing, Oliver also evokes a vast array of emotions from her readers. When Lena is enraged, readers are fuming.

When she breaks down, crying hysterically, readers are right there, sobbing along with her. Her feelings of love, betrayal, and loss transcend all boundaries, lodging themselves in the hearts of readers around the world.

Lena's characterization, although less than stellar at times, does have its perks. Above all, Lena treasures her family and friends. She is terrified at the thought of losing her best friend, Hana, after her procedure.

Lena, like the rest of society, was convinced that love was dangerous and potentially life threatening. After experiencing the effects of the disease firsthand, she comes to the startling realization that love is harmless.

Lena was determined to discover the truth, no matter how heartbreaking the truth may be. On the other hand, Lena is not the epitome of perfection - no properly characterized protagonist should be. She struggles to move on from her past, particularly her mother's suicide. Her mother gave up her life for the ones she loved, and Lena is more than willing to do the same. But she continues to visualize her mother leaping from a cliff and slowly falling into the tumultuous waters below a rather frequently mentioned event throughout the book.

Additionally, Lena compares herself to a princess who is waiting for her prince to save her. Yes, she outright states this comparison and is not ashamed to do so. Unfortunately, the concept of a damsel in distress does not appeal to the majority of teens in this day and age, myself included. They would prefer to read about a strong, independent, female protagonist who does not rely on others to come to her rescue.

I think we've all outgrown Disney movies at this point. Lastly, there was the slightly overwhelming ending that left me shaking and speechless. My mother was only slightly concerned when she found me sitting on the floor, rocking back and forth and suffering from mild shock. To avoid giving away the ending, let's just say it was Life changing. Shall I continue, or let you form your own opinion? It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.

Oct 13, Evgnossia O'Hara rated it it was amazing Shelves: Review was originally published on my blog Through the Chapters What if we had to live in an alternative universe? What if this universe would be the same but not exactly equivalent to ours? What if it would be illegal to feel anything? What if love would be considered as a mortal sin?

What if we had to spend almost all our lives not as human beings but something in between, since everything that breathes into us humanity would not exist at all? What if…? Is it even possible to be depriv Review was originally published on my blog Through the Chapters What if we had to live in an alternative universe?

Is it even possible to be deprived of all the emotions? Well, according to Lauren Oliver is it and she describes this effectively in her book. Oliver has conceived this idea, a world without love or any kind of emotions, to give us the chance to feel and to picture ourselves in this dystopian world. It was extremely interesting and at the same time intimidating to read and to picture this system. Her descriptions are so realistic and so stunning that the story absorbs completely the mind and the emotions of the audience, making it impossible to put this book down.

One point that I cannot overlook, is the beginning of each chapter. Oliver gives us some history about the world that she brings into life through some made-up historical, religious facts. Those facts add to the story some reasoning and comprehension, as they make it more easy to understand all the struggle of our main characters to feel what they try, so desperately, to suppress. To put it differently, they were cold and apathetic like robots or even worse.

This moment send chills through all my body for the frightful and unbearable thought, that maybe the world that Oliver describes, is not as imaginary as it may seem. Indeed, there are so many people who prefer to live on the autopilot in order to avoid not only love but also the change in their everyday lives.

Unfortunately, for many people an ordinary life without a purpose or even the absence of the willing to have a purpose, is more preferable and an easy one to live in. The resistance to change and the indifference towards our fellow humans suggest a world, where the inhabitants prefer to stay in their comfort zones and pretend that this is the way things work in the world, and we are not able to change them.

Yet, we are the ones who have the power to change every injustice. In the final analysis, this story is not only about the absence of love. It is a story about the importance of friendship, family and hope in dark times. It is a journey of each one of us, from the fear to feel to the perception of the human essence to be able to experience love, happiness, pain and sadness at their greatest point.

It teaches us to embrace the difference and to fight for being able to choose our life and our fate, a right which belongs to us since time immemorial. View all 10 comments. This has all the elements of being a very exciting story, but sad to say, it isn't. The last fifty pages lift it from a two star, barely, but can't save the entirety of the book.

First of all, it's simply too long for what is in here. The storyline isn't bad, but it's far too minutely descriptive and all I can think is, well, this is going to be stretched out to fill three books so, of course, it's overly descriptive.

Something has to fill all those pages. Too bad it isn't the story, but street b This has all the elements of being a very exciting story, but sad to say, it isn't.

Too bad it isn't the story, but street by street bicycling and walking or running. And the sights and smells over and over and over. There are some things that are described in almost the same way several times.

This is unneccessary. And while we're on the subject of unneccessary, I know that Lena is five foot, two. I got that the first time I was told and it didn't need repetition. It was not in need of repetition.

Or to put it a little differently while still giving you the same information again: This whole story could have been tightened up and more than likely the whole proposed three installments would fit within the pages of one book. I get it, I really do. Why write one book when you can hook readers into three? I mean, it's three sales, three times the money, so kudos to the author on that, but the story really needs to be strong enough to make readers keep coming back for more.

And, as usual, it ends on something of a cliff-hanger so, as a reader, I'm left disappointed. However, there are things that I really liked about the story and for which I applaud Lauren Oliver and which make me think she's capable of better than what's here. The chapter headings with quotes from The Book of SHHH , nursery rhymes, playground chants, Comprehensive Compilation of Dangerous Words and Ideas , government pamphlets, schoolbooks and others are simply brilliant and add to the story in subtle ways.

Amor Deliria Nervosa sounds like what doctors might call love if they wanted to classify it as a disease. There are lots of little tidbits like this that are clever and creative and make me wish for more from this book.

I also really like that she put in that indifference, not hate, is the opposite of love. It's a thoughtful small conversation, but it is also the basis of the story. The government has decided that they prefer the people to be indifferent, uncaring, and I think that actually is rather profound. I did like the characters. I've heard the complaint that Lena has no personality and I think that's true, but she lives in a society that having no personality is considered a good thing.

No one is encouraged to be different or have interests or feel passionate about anything so the fact that she's fairly unformed makes sense for the world she lives in. When she finally makes her choices, her life opens up and she finds a strength in herself.

The character of Alex is well-drawn and his attraction to her makes sense. I liked them together. One of the problems with the writing of the book is that the first few chapters introduce lots of characters and backstory and it's kind of a lot to slog through.

And yet, even with all of that, too much isn't fully explained or developed. How did they come up with the idea that love is a disease? The action really doesn't pick up until the final hundred pages and then there are some surprises, but by that time I was already a bit bored.

Additionally, there are some continuity errors. When things like this happen, it stops the story for me. I have to go back and reference the information. In a book that repeats itself as much as this one does, you'd think it would be easy to keep the facts straight. For instance, Lena lives in a two-story house except that at one time she thinks that her aunt and uncle's whole apartment would fit in the living room of a house she's in. Love has driven people throughout history to do many violent and irrational things.

Lena Tiddle is a seventeen-year-old high school senior, who lives in a world where love is considered a disease.

The government has set rules, to cure the population of this illness. The method of vaccination utilized by the government is a brain surgery, which an individual must undertake, upon reaching adulthood. Once the surgery has been successful, the individual would be considered as cured, and hence unable to experience the feeling of love.

Those cured would live within walled off cities where they would be safe from possible infection. Around these cities are the countrysides known as the Wild. Where Invalids roam — those who have not been cured. As the novel commences Lena is very enthusiastic about being cured.

She has witnessed that love had only caused those close to her grief. Her sister had contracted the disease just before it was time for her surgery. This caused her to have to be forced onto the operation table to be treated.

The surgery had failed twice on her mother and as a result, she took her own life. After learning of all the things they had done, due to the disease, she describes it as the worst disease of all to have. The time comes for Lena to undergo evaluation before she receives the surgery, as she is about to come of age. The evaluation takes the form of a panel question and answer, where your answers determine the quality of your life hereafter. The questions have specific answers that are acceptable to the panel, which Lena is well aware of.

She is alone in the evaluation room, with only the panel questioning her. She begins to get stressed. In her flustered state Lena begins to answer the questions giving her honest opinions. She is aware that her chances of a normal life are slipping through her fingers with each bumbled answer she gives.

Luckily for Lena, a stampede of cows begin to cause havoc in the building and interrupts her evaluation.

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