For the first time, Lauren Oliver's short stories about characters in the Delirium world appear in print. Originally published as digital novellas, Hana, Annabel, and Raven each center around a fascinating and complex character who adds important information to the series and gives it greater depth. This collection also includes an excerpt from Requiem, the final novel in Oliver's New York Times bestselling series.
Hana is told through the perspective of Lena's best friend, Hana Tate. Set during the tumultuous summer before Lena and Hana are supposed to be cured, this story is a poignant and revealing look at a moment when the girls' paths diverge and their futures are altered forever.
Lena's mother, Annabel, has always been a mystery--a ghost from Lena's past--until now. Her journey from teenage runaway to prisoner of the state is a taut, gripping narrative that expands the Delirium world and illuminates events--and Lena--through a new point of view.
And as the passionate, fierce leader of a rebel group in the Wilds, Raven plays an integral role in the resistance effort and comes into Lena's life at a crucial time. Crackling with intensity, Raven is a brilliant story told in the voice of one of the strongest and most tenacious characters in the Delirium world.
I'm a huge fan of the Delirium series, and am currently ordering the last book Requiem (it's still on its way to my mailbox).
This book has the short stories we were once inaccessible to, but I'm so glad it's finally being printed. I love Annabel's story the most, there's a fight within her and more back story we're not privy to, but now we know. There's something tragic about her story, and I love reading about her past.
There's a surprise in Raven's story that I expect will be explored in the third book of the series, although her story is my least favorite. Maybe because she's so badass that I have a hard time identifying with her, and there's something about her that's so difficult to read and relate to.
As for Hana, I finally understand some parts from the first book when the mystery unravels here. I see in the excerpts that there is going to be Hana's POV, so we'll be getting more stories about her. I suppose because she's marrying the mayor, their stories have to intertwine somehow in the middle or end. Will she help Lena?
I'll have to wait two more weeks to find out :)
Also, Emma Roberts is going to be Lena for the FOX TV series adaptation!