by Lauren Oliver
Genre: Dystopia, Young Adult
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Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Publisher
For the first time, Lauren Oliver’s short stories about characters in the Delirium world appear in print. 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. This collection also includes an excerpt from Requiem, the final novel in Oliver’s New York Times bestselling series.
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 a 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 past–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 an 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.
In this trio of Delirium stories, Lauren Oliver has pulled back the current even further revealing tantalizing details about her characters and this dizzily addictive series.
HANA follows Lena’s best friend during the second half of DELIRIUM as she gets caught up in the Underground of illicit parties, music, and interactions with the opposite sex. Since Hana’s story is half of REQUIEM, I highly recommend you read HANA before finishing the trilogy. I understood her so much better after seeing her first ‘date’ with Fred, her first kisses and more with Steve, and riotous emotions during her scenes with Lena that led her to make the choices she made.
ANNABEL is the story fans of this series must read. In it we get to see the world as it first began to change and identify love as a disease. We get to meet Lena’s mother as a teenager and see her later as a prisoner leading up to her escape after eleven years in a cell. It was a little like Shawshank Redemption mixed with Lauren Oliver’s immersive writing. Her story might be the most tragic of all the characters we’ve met in this series, and that makes her strength, her determination, all the more amazing.
RAVEN was the story that surprised me the most, since Raven as a character, keeps so much of her thoughts and feels to herself. Seeing her laid bare like this was a revelation. From her first days joining up with the rebellion as a young teen with the tiny, barely alive baby Blue, we see how that little life was nearly snuffed out. We also meet Tack and learn how her and Raven got together. It’s really a beautiful and quiet love story with a bright burst at the end that made me smile as I cried.
If you love this series, DELIRIUM STORIES is a must read. Not only does it include three gripping and emotional stories, but a ton of extras too. There is a massive excerpt from REQUIEM, a list of banned books and poems, but even a quiz to help you determine your role in the world of Delirium.
2. Pandemonium – 4/5
3. Requiem – 4/5
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