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Hana (Delirium) [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Oliver
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Lauren Oliver's riveting, original digital story set in the world of her New York Times bestseller Delirium.

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.

Editorial Reviews


'A dystopian Romeo and Juliet . . . Lauren Oliver's futuristic vision, set in an alternate but recognisable America, is chillingly realised.'

Product Details

  • File Size: 439 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,734 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a poison. And I like it. March 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Who is Hana? In Lauren Oliver's "Delirium," she's the best friend of the protagonist Lena, in a dystopian world where love is "cured."

And while the short story "Hana" is not quite as gripping as "Delirium," it is a riveting little look inside the mind of a teenage girl who embraces amor deliria nervosa... and discovers that pain and heartbreak can come from love as well. And it fleshes out the character of Hana considerably, letting us see why she does what she does.

Hana is a wild girl. She's scheduled for the procedure in the fall, and has been matched to the mayor's handsome son, but she has a secret life her parents haven't even dreamed of. She's madly in love with a boy from her school, and she loves to sneak away and immerse herself in wild underground parties filled with dancing, music and passion.

But soon Hana's wild hidden world starts to fall apart. Her life becomes consumed with fear of being caught and forced through the procedure, and she discovers that the boy she's been crushing on doesn't share her feelings. And when she finally goes to see her old friend Lena, she makes a devastating discovery that will change everything.

It's not strictly necessary to read "Delirium" before reading "Hana" -- you get a pretty good idea of how this world works right from the beginning. However, it's probably best to read Lauren Oliver's full-length books along with this, because it ends on a major cliffhanger that promises to disrupt everything in Hana and Lena's lives.

And the story really fleshes out Hana, who merely seemed like a rebellious rich kid who's scared to really risk it all in "Delirium.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit disappointing March 6, 2012
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I think Hana's voice is too much like Lena's voice. This short story covers a time period that has already been covered by Lena in Delirium, the first novel in the trilogy. It was sort of interesting to get Hana's perspective, but not much happens. It's definitely not crucial to your understanding of the trilogy, so if you don't have a Kindle and are bummed out that you can't read it, you really aren't missing anything important.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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This book is by my current favorite YA author, Lauren Oliver. Her book Before I fall and her Delirium series (particularly the recently released Pandemonium) rank among my favorite books of all time. I think because of this, I have the highest expectations of her work.

This installment is in the Delirium-verse and is in the viewpoint of one of Delirium's most interesting characters, Hana. We get to see the story of Delirium from her eyes and her experiences when she is not in Lena's company.

Lauren Oliver's prose is still beautiful. She has a way with words that makes me catch my breath after each paragraph. However, this story left me very disappointed. I think it is because to me, this is not the story that I was most interested in hearing. I did not really care to hear about Hana's perspective of the events in Delirium-- there were no surprises... Lena has pretty much deduced most of these events. There is a surprise ending and while it was a shocker, it just raised more questions.

How did Hana get to this place? We aren't guided there, there is just two pages of reflection at the end that don't lead up to this event. And what I'm interested in, is what takes place after this twist. How does this change Hana? Does she ever get the operation? What is her life like after Lena leaves? That's the story I wanted.

That said, I am incredibly excited to see the final installment of this trilogy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! June 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Hana is a short novella that gives us a little bit of back story of Lena's best friend Hana. The events of this novella take place during Delirium. Now since this is a novella, this review will be on the short side due to this novella being only five chapters.

I was really excited to read this novella because I felt that Hana was such an interesting character. She gave me a sense of normalcy. She acted very much like a teenager. In Delirium, there is a time period in which Lena and Hana are having a bit of a row, and since the book is told from Lena's point of view Hana isn't in the story during this time. In Hana, you get to see exactly what Hana was up to while her and Lena were having problems. You get to dive into Hana's home life a bit as well. Hana's upbringing was different than Lena's mostly because Hana's family is wealthy. And Lena looked up to Hana very much, and was a bit envious of her. But you see in this novella that the grass is definitely not greener on the other side. After reading this, I felt like I understood Hana a little bit more. And I definitely felt a bit of sympathy for her.

I actually read Pandemonium before I read Hana. So it was a nice refresher on the events of Delirium. And the ending of Hana really shocked me. Even though it really shouldn't have because the clues were there the entire time. But this shows what a strong author Lauren Oliver is, because I was definitely taken for surprise.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
an okay book
Published 22 days ago by Karina
2.0 out of 5 stars short
way too short... not much of a story at all. wish author gave Hana more depth... sounded like she was going somewhere with her partner...
Published 2 months ago by Svetlana Tsiberman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this author
Published 2 months ago by Shannon Laycock
4.0 out of 5 stars Hana
I like this story a lot. I enjoy reading Hana's interpretation more so than Lena's voice. I wish Hana had more if a story in the delirium books.
Published 3 months ago by Kasey Lott
5.0 out of 5 stars such a fun addition!
It is satisfying to know Hana's side of the story and to see that he had her own adventure with the deleria, if not as heart wrenching as Lena's.
Published 6 months ago by Melanie
4.0 out of 5 stars Hana Tate... or Trent?
Overall I feel that this book provides an interesting explanation of Hana and Stephen's relationship. Read more
Published 6 months ago by MichS
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I loved the whole Delirium series and wish there were more books to read. I thought it clever that the author, Lauren Oliver, did these little spinoffs of the original series. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Fran P.
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Explains some questions from delirium and gives more insight to Hana too. Great little read, can't wait to read more!
Published 8 months ago by ptm130
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I think this book was interesting and explained a lot of Hana's side of the story. I recommend reading "Annabel" and "Raven" as well.
Published 8 months ago by Mary Cate
2.0 out of 5 stars Hana
I was really displeased with this novella. It never told anything new about Hana or Lena. I hope the other two are better than this one!
Published 8 months ago by Marsha B. Haselden
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Lauren Oliver is the author of the New York Times bestselling YA novels Before I Fall, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem. Her books have been translated into thirty languages. She is also the author of two novels for middle-grade readers, The Spindlers and Liesl & Po, which was a 2012 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee. Lauren's first adult novel, Rooms, will be published in September 2014. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver is also the co-founder of the boutique literary development company Paper Lantern Lit. You can visit her online at

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I agree! I'd also like to see this book as an actual physical copy.
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