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Hana (Delirium Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Oliver
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 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.


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


Product Details

  • File Size: 1837 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 28, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 28, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MMNZYE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,100 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 16 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Surprising! April 12, 2012
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Mild Delirium spoiler ahead...if you haven't read it.

You guys know how much I love Delirium and Pandemonium, right? They are some of my favorite books. So when I found myself with a little extra time between books I instantly started Hana. I really liked Hana in Delirium. She was such a great contrast to rule following Lena in the beginning. Hana was easier to relate to. She asked the questions that needed to be asked and she was basically a normal teenager in this world without love. I was very interested to find out more about her.

Hana takes place during Delirium. At first I was a tiny bit disappointed by that. I wanted to see what happened after Lena escaped, but I got over that because I quickly saw that we were going to find out some things that Lena never knew about...that we never knew about. This is a behind the scenes look.

I learned that Hana was not quite the person I thought she was. There was a lot more going on with her than I ever thought. I wasn't expecting a surprise ending...but it's Lauren Oliver and I should have known better. She always, always surprises me and finds new ways to break my heart. The ending was completely unexpected for me. Usually I suspect or guess things before they happen but I had no clue until I read those words. My jaw hit the floor.

If you're curious about what I'm talking about, read it. It's very short. You can definitely get it done in one sitting and it's written in the same beautiful prose that we have all come to expect from Lauren. It was fascinating to see things outside of Lena's point of view.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars !!!!!!
This book is really amazing. I love seeing Lena's best friend's point of view.... however, I hate the end, like I hate the endings of every other good story, just because it is the... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Wished we followed Hana through her cure procedure
While it wasn't promised, I was hoping Hana's story would include following her through her cure. I thought walking through that experience with her would help me understand the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by KieRae
4.0 out of 5 stars I always love getting another character's perspective
Reading chronologically, this book would take place in the middle of book one, so I read it after. I had a sneaking suspicion about Hana, but I was sad to have it proven right. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Myndi
3.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointing Novella
Originally posted at www.readbetweenthebooks91.blogspot.com

2.6/5 stars!

This one fell so flat for me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Courtney @ Read Between the Books
4.0 out of 5 stars great series!
I am really enjoying reading this series. I also like the mini books in between which give you more insight in to the other characters.
Published 6 months ago by Christie
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this novella!
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... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kiki Deister
3.0 out of 5 stars Ehhh
It could have done more for me. It was good but not great. I was looking for more and was disappointed from what I received.
Published 7 months ago by Kimberly Semenas
4.0 out of 5 stars good to know
It's nice to have some insight and see things from Hana's point of view. It's short and sweet, but tells you the most important parts of what was going on with Hana during Delirium
Published 7 months ago by mrswynn
3.0 out of 5 stars wish there was more
I wish there was more. It doesn't really tell you a whole lot more than u already know about Hana. It's still worth reading if you love the delirium series though
Published 8 months ago by Megan Ishman
4.0 out of 5 stars Hana
I can see where this is going and I just thought this book was good except for the endings-in all the books-
Published 9 months ago by Charlotte rose salafia
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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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I agree! I'd also like to see this book as an actual physical copy.
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