Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Review: Annabel (Delirium #0.5) by Lauren Oliver

Warning: Spoiler Alert for those who haven't read Delirium!

Lena's mother, Annabel, has always been a mystery—a ghost in Lena's past. Until now.

Discover her secrets in Lauren Oliver's brilliant original digital story set in the world of New York Times bestsellers Delirium and Pandemonium.

Lena Halloway's mother, Annabel, supposedly committed suicide when Lena was only six years old. That's the lie that Lena grew up believing, but the truth is very different. As a rebellious teenager, Annabel ran away from home and straight into the man she knew she was destined to marry. The world was different then—the regulations not as stringent, the cure only a decade old. Fast forward to the present, and Annabel is consigned to a dirty prison cell, where she nurtures her hope of escape and scratches one word over and over into the walls: Love.

But Annabel, like Lena, is a fighter. Through chapters that alternate between her past and present, Annabel reveals the story behind her failed cures, her marriage, the births of her children, her imprisonment, and, ultimately, her daring escape.

Description taken from Goodreads

My Review

I feel like Annabel shouldn’t be labeled 0.5 in the Delirium series.  Kind of a spoiler if you haven’t read Delirium first.

Annabel is Lena’s mom.  This novella is very short but I feel like it gives us just enough to get to know Annabel.  It’s told from two different POVs, Now and Then.  When Annabel was young, when the cure was just being administered as mandatory and then when she’s in the Crypts.

It’s definitely sad to read about how much life she has and how much she wants to love her daughters.   She feels as though she has to apologize to an unborn Lena for the world she’s about to be born into.  How sad is that?  Annabel was really a depressing little novella but I really enjoyed being inside her head, knowing what she was like when she was younger, how she met Lena’s dad.  And then eventually to her escaping from the Crypts.

I just wish we could have gotten a bit more after she escaped and bit more of her and Conrad’s relationship. 

Overall, a great insight. 

 Inside                                         Outside

                  Characters        4/5                       Cover 4/5

                  Plot                   4/5

                  Feels                 5/5

                 Writing              5/5

                 Overall             4.6/5

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