12.26.2014 | Friday


category: Book Reviews

Hanatitle: Hana
author: Lauren Oliver
series: Delirium #1.5
published: 28 February 2012
publisher: HarperCollins
genre(s): dystopian, romance
pages: 62
source: bought
format: eBook
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rating: four-stars | series rating: four-stars

the blurb

The summer before they're supposed to be cured of the ability to love, best friends Lena and Hana begin to drift apart. While Lena shies away from underground music and parties with boys, Hana jumps at her last chance to experience the forbidden. For her, the summer is full of wild music, dancing—and even her first kiss.

But on the surface, Hana must be a model of perfect behavior. She meets her approved match, Fred Hargrove, and glimpses the safe, comfortable life she’ll have with him once they marry. As the date for her cure draws ever closer, Hana desperately misses Lena, wonders how it feels to truly be in love, and is simultaneously terrified of rebelling and of falling into line.

In this digital story that will appeal to fans of Delirium and welcome new admirers to its world, readers will come to understand scenes from Delirium through Hana's perspective. Hana is a touching and revealing look at a life-changing and tumultuous summer.

my review

I really enjoyed this novella!  There are a lot of moments in this novella that weren’t in Delirium and others that were, but we get to see them in a totally different light in Hana.

Hana becomes much more of a three-dimensional character in this book.  We see much more than the fun-loving, rebellious girl that we met in the first book.  I thought she was a bit superficial in the first book so it was nice to see that wasn’t necessarily so.  Even when she acts in ways that are not necessarily positive, it shows her passion, the same passion that is excised with the “cure.”

Although this novella is considered #1.5 in the series, I read it after the last book in the trilogy and I think that that is best.  Otherwise, it could ruin a bit of the surprise of Requiem.

About Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver comes from a family of writers and so has always (mistakenly) believed that spending hours in front of the computer every day, mulling over the difference between “chortling” and “chuckling,” is normal. She has always been an avid reader.

She attended the University of Chicago, where she continued to be as impractical as possible by majoring in philosophy and literature. After college, she attended the MFA program at NYU and worked briefly as the world’s worst editorial assistant, and only marginally better assistant editor, at a major publishing house in New York. Her major career contributions during this time were flouting the corporate dress code at every possible turn and repeatedly breaking the printer. Before I Fall is her first published novel.

She is deeply grateful for the chance to continue writing, as she has never been particularly good at anything else.

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

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