Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven by Lauren Oliver

Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven by Lauren Oliver
Published by HarperCollins

While giddily anticipating the conclusion to Lauren Oliver’s Delirium trilogy, Requiem, I figured the perfect thing to tide me over would be to read these three novellas focusing on three minor characters of the trilogy.

The first novella, Hana, tells the story of Lena’s best friend and the time in her life right before she was cured. I found it somewhat interesting to see the events in this story, which were shown from Lena’s perspective in the first novel, from Hana’s perspective instead. It was obvious that while both girls had experienced the same events, they interpreted them in such different ways. While I enjoyed Hana’s novella, other than seeing things from her point of view, it didn’t give me much else to grab onto. I would have liked more from Hana after her cure – but I hear rumors that we get that in Requiem, so I’ll try to remain patient!

Annabel was my favorite of the three novellas because we get to hear from Lena’s mother – we get to see what life was like when the cure was just becoming mandatory, and also we get to see what she lived through during her time in the crypts. The small snippets of information Annabel gives the reader about the time right when the cure was invented were fascinating to me, and I wanted so much more about that than I was given. Also I couldn’t help but admire the strength Annabel’s character possessed to get through so many hellish years in the crypts. This story was definitely the most emotionally affecting of the three and it made me the most excited for the third book.

Raven was one that also made me excited to read the conclusion of the trilogy because it was the one that gave the reader the most in terms of hints about what’s to come. Raven is another damaged, raw, but incredibly tough character (one of many in these books). I liked her in Pandemonium even though she was quite prickly and difficult to get to know at first, so it was nice to read more about her in this novella. This girl has been through a LOT of tough stuff and at a really young age too – so it’s no wonder how she’s mature beyond her years, yet naive in some very significant ways. Reading this story just made me feel closer to a character I didn’t feel that I got to know as well as I would have liked while reading the second book.

I’m definitely glad I read these novellas! I just got an alert today that Requiem is available for pick up at the library, so I’ll be reading that in the next couple of weeks. I’m super excited and these novellas just made that excitement even more intense!

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9 thoughts on “Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven by Lauren Oliver

  1. Can you believe that I still haven’t read Delirium? I have it loaded on my Ipod, but I haven’t yet had the time to listen. I know these books have garnered a lot of praise, so I need to make them one of my next listens!

  2. I do admit, I am excited about Requiem. I didn’t love Pandy…I felt it was just a filler. But it did get pretty exciting at the end, and she freaking LEAVES US WITH THAT ENDING!!! Argh! Which I kind of expected but still. I am knee deep in UCF books right now, so I am trying to hold off on Requiem until I get a spare moment. I am interested in this novellas. I think it is clever to delve into these character’s back stories in this format, instead of jamming them into the regular novels.

  3. I’ve not come across Raven yet (only read Delirium so far) but I love the idea of these stories, especially Annabel’s. I found the way Hana was such a rebel very interesting when considered alongside her acceptance of the cure.

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