June 10, 2013

Hana by Lauren Oliver - Novella Review

Publisher’s 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.

My take: Now I get it! I now totally understand why people don't like Hana after reading her story and understand why they didn't care for her POV in Requiem.

Even though I’m baffled by how horribly awful Hanna became by the end of the Novella, I still felt a little bit sorry for her while reading her story. I came to realize that the only love she really ever experienced was with Lena, and I think that is why the ending is so horrible. We already know what Hanna did from Delirium but you never quite understand her motives. And I still wanted to believe she had a proper motive. I'm actually quite glad that I waited to read this story until after I finished all three books in the series.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

I loved the whole Delirium series and wish there were more books to read. I thought it clever that the author, Lauren Oliver, did these little spinoffs of the original series. Great idea, and leaves me wanting another book in the series!

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