Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Book Review: Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven – Lauren Oliver

Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven (Delirium, #0.5, #1.5, #2.5)
Originally published as digital novellas, Hana, Annabel, and Raven each center around a fascinating and complex character who adds important information to the series and gives it greater depth.

Hana is told through the perspective of Lena’s best friend, Hana Tate.  Set during the tumultuous summer before Lena and Hana are supposed to be cured, this story is poignant and revealing look at a moment when the girls’ paths diverge and their futures are altered forever.

Lena’s mother, Annabel, has always been a mystery—a ghost from Lena’s part—until now.  Her journey from teenage runaway to prisoner of the state is a taut, gripping narrative that expands the Delirium world and illuminates events—and Lena—through a new point of view.

And as the passionate, fierce leader of a rebel group in the Wilds, Raven plays and integral role in the resistance effort and comes into Lena’s life at a crucial time.  Crackling with intensity, Raven is a brilliant story told in the voice of one of the strongest and most tenacious characters in the Delirium world.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
I read this book after I finished Requiem and I don’t know if I would have felt differently about this book if I had read it before Requiem.  I had read the Hana story before but I read it again.  After events in Requiem I really like to hear about Hana and her thoughts on the cure and her friend Lena.  Lena’s mother, who we only really knew through memories Lena had was so different.  I love that we get a glimpse of her as a teenager and as a prisoner.  Raven, who we saw a lot of in Requiem shows us what it was like when she first got into the Wilds.  Although I would have loved to find out more about her.

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