Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Review - Hana by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #1.5)

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Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopia
: eBook (64 pages)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: February 2012
Rating: 5/5
Source: Bought at Chapters
Get it at: Chapters

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

What I think:

Hana is a companion story to Delirum  and even this is a short story, it still blew me away. The story was told in Hana's point of view and her jealousy towards Alex as he spent so much time with Lena. Although I did see that coming, the relationship between Hana and Lena, did in fact, reflect real life situation. Friends grow apart due to the process of growing up and jealousy is an unwanted feeling if one person start drifting apart in a group of very close friends. In addition, this short gave me insight on Hana, as she sort of disappeared from Lena's life a good half in Delirium to be a teenage rebel.

The ending was a bit rushed and I thought that the author would end Hana's perspective about the same time frame as in Delirium. I really wanted to know what Hana think and whether or not she is feels guilty after Lena and Alex were captured. I also wanted to know if Hana went through the surgery and what she thought of her best friend after. I guess I need to read the sequel to find out.

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