Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Hana by Lauren Oliver

Hana (Delirium, #1.5)

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Why I Read This Book: I wasn't going to read this originally, but after I finished Pandemonium I kind of just felt "why the hell not?" about it.

Review: This was a pretty short story and I read it in 2 sittings. I orginially wasn't planning to get it, because I didn't have a huge Hana attachment. However, while reading Pandemonium I realized I had sort of forgot some of Delirium's events, so instead of doing a re-read (I have way too many unread books to re-read things) I though this book would help to remind me of some of Delirium's event which I had maybe forgotten. It definitely worked, which was nice. The book's language was a little too flowery and descriptive for my tastes. I did really enjoy reading Hana's perspective of one of the more exciting events, although it was too much imagery and not enough of wtf actually happened. Anyway, I think it's worth a read for fans of this series, and it made me appreciate some of Hana's actions which made her look like kind of a jerk before.


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