Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Review: Hana (Delirium #1.5) by Lauren Oliver

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.

 Description taken from Goodreads

My Review

This one fell so flat for me.  I absolutely loved Hana in Delirium but in her own novella I didn’t like her at all.  At first I felt bad for her, but it was mostly pity.  She was so conflicted and acting out but in the end deciding that the cure is the be all end all.  I just really didn’t like her here.

I feel like Delirium was all about the good side of first love and true love and all that good stuff.  Hana is all about the bad stuff.  Guys using you for one thing and one thing only. 

She was just so indecisive  and I did feel sorry for her, I really did but it got to the point where it was just so boring.  Nothing really happened that we didn’t already know in Delirium.  We already knew that Hana acts out and that she was sneaking out and everything.  I feel like we didn’t learn much.

I do have to say that it is a little unsettling knowing that she might have done something awful.  And that makes me hate her.

Hana was a very unsatisfying novella.  It didn’t bring much to the table at all except for the very last page.  And that last page is the only thing worth reading.

Inside                               Outside

                     Characters       2/5                Cover 5/5

                     Plot                  2/5

                     Feels              3.5/5

                    Writing             3/5

                    Overall          2.6/6

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