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Oliver appropriately dedicates this slender collection to the many fans of the Delirium series—the ones who will fully appreciate the connective tissue offered up by these three tales from the perspectives of supporting characters. “Hana” runs alongside the time line of Delirium (2011) and shows that Lena’s best friend was more like her than readers suspected. The middle story, “Annabel,” is the strongest, and details Lena’s mother’s 11 years in “the Crypts,” where she is constructing an escape rope with the help of a sympathetic security guard. “Raven” follows the fiery revolutionary as she spends 8 years in the Wilds, heading toward a daring rescue of Lena while falling in love with the inscrutable Tank. All three stories intercut between past and present, allowing plenty of opportunity for Oliver to employ her patented yearning prose. The downside to this is that the three voices sound rather similar. The upside, however, is that character development, not romance, takes center stage, making this a worthy, quick read for series devotees. Grades 9-12. --Daniel Kraus

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Praise for REQUIEM:“Is there a theme more perfect for YA readers than choosing what you want from life rather than being told?” (Booklist)

Praise for PANDEMONIUM:“From the grief-stricken shell of her former self to a nascent refugee and finally to a full-fledged resistance fighter, Lena’s strength and the complexity of her internal struggles will keep readers up at night.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

Praise for PANDEMONIUM:“This is a romance in the purest of senses, where just the longing for the faintest taste of love is worth the greatest of risks. Like all successful second volumes, this expands the world and ups the stakes, setting us up for the big finale.” (Booklist)

Praise for PANDEMONIUM:“Following directly on the heels of Delirium, Pandemonium is equally riveting. The underlying theme that love will win out regardless of prohibition is a powerful idea that will speak to teens.” (School Library Journal)

Praise for Delirium:“In [Oliver’s] dystopian America, love has been outlawed as the life-threatening source of all discord. Lena’s gradual awakening is set against a convincing backdrop of totalitarian horror. The abrupt ending leaves enough unanswered questions to set breathless readers up for volume two of this trilogy.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

Praise for Delirium:“Strong characters, a vivid portrait of the lives of teens in a repressive society, and nagging questions that can be applied to our world today make this book especially compelling and discussable.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

Praise for Delirium:“In a thick climate of fear, Oliver spins out a suspenseful story of awakening and resistance with true love at its core.” (The Horn Book)

Praise for Before I Fall:“Oliver’s debut novel is raw, emotional, and, at times, beautiful....readers will love Samantha best as she hurtles toward an end as brave as it is heartbreaking.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

Praise for Before I Fall:“Samantha’s attempts to save her life and right the wrongs she has caused are precisely what will draw readers into this complex story and keep them turning pages until Sam succeeds in living her last day the right way.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review))

Praise for Before I Fall:“Oliver, in a pitch-perfect teen voice, explores the power we have to affect the people around us in this intensely believable first novel...This is a compelling book with a powerful message and should not be missed.” (ALA Booklist)
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Product Details

  • Series: Delirium Trilogy
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062267787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062267788
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lauren Oliver is the author of the YA bestselling novels Before I Fall, Panic, and Vanishing Girls and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages and are New York Times and international bestselling novels. She is also the author of three novels for middle grade readers: The Spindlers; Liesl & Po, which was an E. B. White Read Aloud Award nominee; and Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head, co-written with H. C. Chester, and a novel for adults, Rooms. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver is also the cofounder of the boutique literary development company Paper Lantern Lit. You can visit her online at www.laurenoliverbooks.com.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rachael on March 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
Delirium Stories contains three short stories about the characters in the wonderful Delirium world.

Annabel tells about Lena's mother and what happened to her before Delirium. We get to see how she met Lena's father, her response to other people's cures, and how she rebelled and the days before escaping the Crypt. None of this information is new or surprising, as it just tells what we found in Delirium. But it is worth the read because we get to see inside Annabel's head and see where Lena got her strength and determination from.

Hana tells about Lena's best friend. We get to see her attitude towards her match and her rebellion of sneaking out with a boy from school. She had been infected with amor deliria nervosa, but sees the painful side of love as she finds her feelings are not returned. Her world falls apart from fear of being discovered. This story really fleshed Hana out for me and showed the reasons she did what she did in Delirium.

Raven tells two parts of Raven's story, when she first ran away and when she had to save Lena and Julian. The chapters of the past tell when Raven ran away from her old life with the abandoned newborn she had found, and joined a group of rebels in the wild. That's when she met the other newcomer in the group, Tack. The story then goes on to tell about Raven and Tack's relationship. The only problem I have with this novella was that it created more questions that should have been answered in Requiem, but weren't.

Oliver's writing is as poetic and beautiful as ever in all three stories. If you enjoyed Delirium, I highly suggest you read these novellas to accompany the trilogy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AJ VINE VOICE on March 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Silver on March 20, 2013
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Hana

The first novella Hana goes back to the summer before Hana was cured. We experience moments not told in Delirium and even a few moments that were from Hana's point of view. Although this is considered Delirium #.5 I personally found it beneficial to read after Requiem. Otherwise the surprise in Requiem would have been spoiled.

Pros:

We see how Hana's feelings developed regarding Lena and Alex.
There's a glimpse of Hana not only partying but her experiencing fear of getting the disease.
We have empathy for Hana as she covers up her "devil's kiss."
Cons:

I'm not a fan of rehashing scenes that we've already read. However with that being said, I did feel Oliver did it well.
Story: 5/5

Annabel

The story of Annabel offers the reader both a glimpse of before she was cured and her time in the crypts just before her escape. Eleven years in the crypts, the reader gets barely a glimpse but it's enough to see how she possibly managed to survive. What the story lacks isn't more depth (we get plenty of that) but answers on after her escape and her time as a rebel. Annabel is shorter in length than Hana, and the story of Annabel could have used the additional pages to tie up more questions instead of such an abrupt end.

Pros:

We learn of the environment where Annabel (Lena's mother) grew up. How society was changing.
Annabel's first encounter with Conrad and how he became one of her recommended pairings.
Conrad's passing and him remembering her leather jacket.
The awful conditions of the crypts and what it was like to live there.
How she planned her escape and waited until Thomas gave her directions.
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