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Hana (Delirium Series Book 1) by [Oliver, Lauren]
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'A dystopian Romeo and Juliet . . . Lauren Oliver's futuristic vision, set in an alternate but recognisable America, is chillingly realised.'


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  • File Size: 1102 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 28, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 28, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MMNZYE
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 2, 2012
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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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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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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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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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