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Monday, 15 April 2013

MINI REVIEW: Hana - Lauren Oliver

Hana (Delirium 1.5) - Lauren Oliver
Hana (Delirium, #1.5)

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.

*May contain spoilers*

I'm beginning to think that Lauren Oliver can do no wrong. I really am. It's been a long time since I've rated every book I've read by an author so far as 5*. The Hana story would have probably been more shocking had I read it before Requiem. The confession at the end is mentioned in that book so it didn't come as a bit surprise when it was mentioned here - obviously. It's really strange to like a character, get annoyed by the same character and then really dislike that same character all within the series. I mean it's like a tamer, less passionate version of Snape! Haha. Okay, maybe a little dramatic but still.

Hana provided an insight into the characters life during her arguments with Lena in Delirium. Oliver gives us the chance to see the parties and concerts from Hana's perspective, and we come to realise that she certainly isn't as confident as she appears to Lena. It was also interesting to see the powers of appearance - Hana was intimidated by this 'new' Lena that she comes across during her first meeting of Alex. We have an insight into how selfish and insecure she is and I felt it helped give a lot more depth to a character which hadn't really been developed all that much in Delirium.

It was eye opening to see how Ms. Oliver saw Hana in her head and how she reveals her true character slowly throughout the series. A selfish figure that tries to repent and relieve herself of  guilt, Hana was a really good read and I'd highly recommend it to anyone! 


  1. I liked Hana precisely because it showed she was far from perfect or rebellious and stuff. Great review! :)

    1. I'm totally with Lena though, Hana gets a pretty easy run of it all things considered. She couldn't let Lena have one thing!
      Thankss! :D

    2. I agree, Lena gets so much crap from everywhere it's mental! :(


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