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Hana PDF, ePub eBook 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 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.

30 review for Hana

  1. 4 out of 5

    MischaS_

    It's just me or all of you expected more from this? I thought that there would be more of her story. What happened with her after Lena left. By the way, I knew it! I did! Since Delirium I knew that it was Hana. It had to be her.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kazhy (My Library in the Making)

    Actual rating: 3.5 I was pitying her until I got to the end. I KNEW IT.

  3. 5 out of 5

    hayden

    Hana has always been my favorite DELIRIUM character, but I wish Oliver would've given her a more thrilling story. Her writing shines, as usual, but the intrigue was missing because we've already been told everything that happened from Lena's perspective.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Reynje

    I think I've said it before, but I guess it bears repeating - Lauren Oliver can write. While her style in Delirium and this companion short story from Hana's perspective is rather more flowery/florid than I usually enjoy, I won't dispute that she certainly has a way with words. As with Delirium, Hana is once again heavy on the emotional metaphors and similes. Painstaking attention is given to heartbeats, aching throats, unshed tears, longing.. which is fine except I find it does begin to get a l I think I've said it before, but I guess it bears repeating - Lauren Oliver can write. While her style in Delirium and this companion short story from Hana's perspective is rather more flowery/florid than I usually enjoy, I won't dispute that she certainly has a way with words. As with Delirium, Hana is once again heavy on the emotional metaphors and similes. Painstaking attention is given to heartbeats, aching throats, unshed tears, longing.. which is fine except I find it does begin to get a little tedious having every physical and emotional response spelled out in poetic detail. I'd say that this addendum to Oliver's trilogy is strictly for the fans - while there was a "surprise" at it's conclusion, I can't say that this story particularly enriched my reading experience or heightened my anticipation for the release of Pandemonium. What it did do, however, was allow me to finally determine why the premise of this series fundamentally doesn't work for me. Had the world of Delirium been one in which whole chunks, or even the entire spectrum of human emotion were removed from its citizens, I think I could more readily suspend my belief. It's the idea that "love" can be singularly isolated and excised that I can't wrap my head around. And I think this is because I can't help but view "love" as an amalgamation of emotions, too braided up in other mental and emotional responses (trust, respect, anxiety, whatever - take your pick), to make the idea of it being something that can be clearly removed a little too ridiculous for me to get behind. Having said all that, if you enjoyed the concept and style of Delirium, this may be worth a read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Erika Custodio

    WOAH THERE I. Never. Saw. That. Coming. (WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS) All along, I thought Hana was this sweet, charming best friend of Lena; BUT she actually betrayed her. For all I know, she should be the one who understands Lena and her choices. Lena told her about everything, even the thing about her mom. How could she do that to her? In fact, she was the first to become rebellious among the two of them. She was also the one who taught Lena how to defy the law. She introduced Lena to the things WOAH THERE I. Never. Saw. That. Coming. (WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS) All along, I thought Hana was this sweet, charming best friend of Lena; BUT she actually betrayed her. For all I know, she should be the one who understands Lena and her choices. Lena told her about everything, even the thing about her mom. How could she do that to her? In fact, she was the first to become rebellious among the two of them. She was also the one who taught Lena how to defy the law. She introduced Lena to the things out there; the Invalids; the resistance; what's beyond the fence; The Wilds; even all those parties. She was the one who's practically crazy about all those things! But Lena never compromised her friendship with Hana, not even once, even when she knew right then and believed it was solely wrong during that time. Out of all people, Hana was the one to blame. She was the only one who knew about Lena and Alex's plan, their escape. I can't believe it! Poor Lena, she trusted her and she still do trusts her. Her best friend. Whom she loved dearly but just cannot say it directly. On the first half pages, I was actually liking Hana. I even pity her for the Hangroves and for Steve. Not until I got to the effin' end @#$/^&!!! SHE TOLD THEM. However, come to think of it: Hana even turned to be Lena's anchor when Lena thought Hana is the only one she can turn to, because Hana is all that's left for her to count on; on the night when she's imprisoned in her own room, when on next day is supposed to be her scheduled advance cure. I am hoping that somehow, Hana felt even the slightest sorry and guilt for what she's done that in the moment Lena asked her to run and pass a message to Alex through the Governor's hand hole, she really did. I hope she did helped her. Genuinely. Even though Steve does not see Hana as the way she expects him to see her, she have no right to do that to Lena. She screwed up, for real. She tainted her friendship with Lena big time!!! OUT OF JEALOUSY :( If only Lena know... I'm too affected LOL That's when I know I poured all my senses into the book, 'cause I got all the feels. Good job, Lauren Oliver. PS: Where can I find/read Alex 1.1? Message me or comment below :) Thanks!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nat

    ****Slightly Spoilery (if you haven't read Delirium)**** Seeing it from Hana's POV makes me definitely understand her more. I don't hate her. I don't agree with her, but that's because for us, love is not a disease, so of course I don't agree with her actions in the end. But understanding where she's coming from, how she, and Lena for that matter, were brought up, it makes sense. The reasons for her action in the end aren't definitively told outright, but there are a few conclusions as to why sh ****Slightly Spoilery (if you haven't read Delirium)**** Seeing it from Hana's POV makes me definitely understand her more. I don't hate her. I don't agree with her, but that's because for us, love is not a disease, so of course I don't agree with her actions in the end. But understanding where she's coming from, how she, and Lena for that matter, were brought up, it makes sense. The reasons for her action in the end aren't definitively told outright, but there are a few conclusions as to why she did it, what with how she was treated by Steve Hilt (and we all have probably experienced that in one way or another) to the idea that maybe Alex isn't safe for Lena. And the fact that there was that slight resentment that Lena found something that Hana didn't find. Either way, Hana does something that she could not have foreseen how it would change everything drastically for both Lena and Alex. I don't hate Hana. It does make me wonder how she felt in the aftermath of all that, though.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Katja

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The end just what???? That was Hana???? What a bitch omg 😮

  8. 4 out of 5

    Madison Seidler

    Read this and other reviews at Madison Says. Initial reaction when I finished --> Oh I'm pissed. And my real review... Hana is a novella (1.5) in the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver. Told from Lena’s best friend, Hana’s POV, this story falls during the same summer as Delirium. There’s not much that can be said about this in particular without giving anything away –> it is only like 65 pages long. I loved being able to get a glimpse into what was going on with Hana during this summer because Read this and other reviews at Madison Says. Initial reaction when I finished --> Oh I'm pissed. And my real review... Hana is a novella (1.5) in the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver. Told from Lena’s best friend, Hana’s POV, this story falls during the same summer as Delirium. There’s not much that can be said about this in particular without giving anything away –> it is only like 65 pages long. I loved being able to get a glimpse into what was going on with Hana during this summer because while Lena definitely had her secrets, I could always tell that Hana did, of course, as well. Is this freedom? Is it happiness? I don’t know. I don’t care anymore. It is different — it is being alive. It’s no secret how much I love this series. I’m so happy to have had it recommended so highly to me, because I don’t think I would have ever taken the chance. I always thought I wouldn’t enjoy dystopian fiction because fantasy worlds are hard for me…must be my fear of not relating. I’ve never felt this way about this series, though. While it’s set in a world unlike ours, the kids still face the same sort of issues any kids these days do. There is certainly just that coming of age feeling to it, and that makes it relatable. Of course, I’d be remiss not to mention the beauty in Lauren’s writing. It doesn’t matter if she’s writing a full-length novel or a synopsis for the back of a book — I’d read it. Her writing is engaging, exciting and always leaves the reader guessing. This couldn’t be more true after reading Hana. I have yet to read Annabel, which is the prequel to the series, and was just released at the end of the year. To get into Lena’s mom’s head should be nothing short of fantastic. After reading Hana, though, and having my world rocked (I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING), I’m scared to see what’d be in store for me with Annabel. If you’re a fan of this series, as well, make sure to pick up these novellas, ASAP — but make sure to read them in order, of course! :)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Ramírez

    I really liked it, so five stars. The only thing that bothers me is that I liked Hana better before reading her side of the story. I was wrong about her, I mean, I've read Requiem, I already knew what she did, but I thought that, maybe, she did it because she didn't have other choice. It is sad that you can't even trust your best friend. Hana betrayed Lena in te worst way possible.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hilly

    What the f...! I can't believe this! Lauren Oliver, you're such a sadist!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bianca

    I adored Hana, Lena's best friend, and her vivaciousness in Delirium, so I was excited that she would be getting her own story. Hana takes place during the time of Delirium but now we're seeing the story through Hana's eyes. I was bummed that the fun-loving girl we knew from Delirium is gone, but considering the events that take place in Hana, it is understandable. The best part of Hana is the best part of any Lauren Oliver read, in my opinion: the writing, which was lovely and powerful, just li I adored Hana, Lena's best friend, and her vivaciousness in Delirium, so I was excited that she would be getting her own story. Hana takes place during the time of Delirium but now we're seeing the story through Hana's eyes. I was bummed that the fun-loving girl we knew from Delirium is gone, but considering the events that take place in Hana, it is understandable. The best part of Hana is the best part of any Lauren Oliver read, in my opinion: the writing, which was lovely and powerful, just like it always is. Would I say that Hana is a must read? Well, no. I don't think it's critical in the overall series as for the most part, it is just a rehash of some of the events that took place in Delirium from a different point of view. However, there was one very significant reveal right at the end of Hana - a true 'oh my gosh' moment - but I can't say I liked it. I find it difficult to believe Hana would rat out Lena to the regulators for such an immature reason. I needed more development and explanation in this instance.

  12. 4 out of 5

    thebookishturkishKZ

    A piece of Delirium from Hana's point of view. Hana is Lena's best friend and everyone thinks of her as the perfect and confident girl when she's just as simple as everyone else. She is just scared as Lena. From deliria, from the future and life. While in Delirium I thought Hana was the brave and fearless one, this installment proves that she is afraid and even more vulnerable than Lena. She is alone and is fearing that her best friend is already drifting apart. Living in that kind of world must A piece of Delirium from Hana's point of view. Hana is Lena's best friend and everyone thinks of her as the perfect and confident girl when she's just as simple as everyone else. She is just scared as Lena. From deliria, from the future and life. While in Delirium I thought Hana was the brave and fearless one, this installment proves that she is afraid and even more vulnerable than Lena. She is alone and is fearing that her best friend is already drifting apart. Living in that kind of world must require some nerves. I seriously have trouble reading the Delirium books because I really get sucked once I start and a world with such rules and loneliness is what scares me most. I'm the most anti-rules person in my society and dystopian books really distress me.'Hana' is about finding your place in a world where you are truly alone. Just much more of a deeper version of a teenager's life. I'm sure everyone feels as Hana sometimes.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Geeze! If you weren’t pumped for Oliver’s second installment: Pandemonium (coming to a bookstore near you in just 1 week!) the novella “Hana” is sure to get you salivating. I just want to take a second right now and remind you all that the novella is Free Online right now. If you don’t mind reading from your computer. Though from personal experience I can tell you it makes it a lot easier to read at work *wink* But back to the story. This novella gives insight into Delirium. I thought I had Hana p Geeze! If you weren’t pumped for Oliver’s second installment: Pandemonium (coming to a bookstore near you in just 1 week!) the novella “Hana” is sure to get you salivating. I just want to take a second right now and remind you all that the novella is Free Online right now. If you don’t mind reading from your computer. Though from personal experience I can tell you it makes it a lot easier to read at work *wink* But back to the story. This novella gives insight into Delirium. I thought I had Hana pegged. I thought she was a wild child who didn’t really have the guts to go wild or, err, into ‘the wilds’. I thought she was a little rich girl playing with the idea of revolution before heading back into the ranks of good society in September. Who knew Hana was really off having her heart-broken and her ideologies of love beaten up. Seeing the story through her eyes busts apart what you thought was going on in Hana’s world. And it leads to a cliffhanger I didn’t see coming. I can’t go any further without revealing some spoilers. If you’re now dying to go out and read this one. The Link is Here. * * * * *Spoilers* * * * * Honestly, what Hana goes through in this book is so very normal; downright average for our society. It’s all about Hana flirting and going to second base with a guy. Steve to be exact. Hana is dreaming of rainbows, unicorns, and escaping to the wilds to live on love. Steve just wants in her panties. Ouch – For Hana’s heart and her panties as Steve is not the smoothest maker-outer But Steve remains a sketchy dude, in part because that’s exactly what he is, but also because he never becomes a fully formed character in our eyes. We see that Hana is pinning her heart on a man who really isn’t in this for the long haul with her. We’ve all watched a girlfriends go through this same process…Wondering why she can’t see a booty-call for what it is… But in a society where your shot at love is so brief, mistakenly choosing the wrong guy is akin to love-suicide. There will be no second chance. “Suddenly all I can think about is a line from the book of Lamentations: What glitters may not be gold; and even wolves may smile; and fools will be led by promises to their deaths.” (26, Scribd ed.) This is about the point that Hana hits her wall. You can see it all fall apart. Her view of the party raid is terrifying. Followed by learning that Lena is secretly in love…The loss of her romantic hope and her best friend is too much. Ending in that cliffhanger! Why Hana? Did you really? WTF? Dying for Pandemonium next Tuesday! Rating: 5/5 A little novella that rips what you thought you knew wide open.

  14. 4 out of 5

    jess

    This book is fine. It does not stand alone, though. I think you should read it soon after you finish Delirium, while the story is fresh in your mind, but before you read Pandemonium. I read it after Pandemonium. That was a mistake. Still interesting, but not as powerful. I liked Hana more from the perspective of her adoring best friend. When you are in her head she is more complicated and intimate, but I don't know that it really serves to make her more sympathetic or interesting? I wanted to kno This book is fine. It does not stand alone, though. I think you should read it soon after you finish Delirium, while the story is fresh in your mind, but before you read Pandemonium. I read it after Pandemonium. That was a mistake. Still interesting, but not as powerful. I liked Hana more from the perspective of her adoring best friend. When you are in her head she is more complicated and intimate, but I don't know that it really serves to make her more sympathetic or interesting? I wanted to know more about Hana's future and Portland - did she marry her match? What went wrong with her match's first wife? What was Portland like as the Resistance grew up? There should be Hana #2(Delirium #2.5). There is more queer content in this book than in Delirium, but unfortunately it is not Hana getting experimental - just a passing reference to queerness as something that happens in the underground scene. :(

  15. 4 out of 5

    Christina (Ensconced in Lit)

    This book is by my current favorite YA author, Lauren Oliver. Her book Before I fall and her Delirium series (particularly the recently released Pandemonium) rank among my favorite books of all time. I think because of this, I have the highest expectations of her work. This installment is in the Delirium-verse and is in the viewpoint of one of Delirium's most interesting characters, Hana. We get to see the story of Delirium from her eyes and her experiences when she is not in Lena's company. Laur This book is by my current favorite YA author, Lauren Oliver. Her book Before I fall and her Delirium series (particularly the recently released Pandemonium) rank among my favorite books of all time. I think because of this, I have the highest expectations of her work. This installment is in the Delirium-verse and is in the viewpoint of one of Delirium's most interesting characters, Hana. We get to see the story of Delirium from her eyes and her experiences when she is not in Lena's company. Lauren Oliver's prose is still beautiful. She has a way with words that makes me catch my breath after each paragraph. However, this story left me very disappointed. I think it is because to me, this is not the story that I was most interested in hearing. I did not really care to hear about Hana's perspective of the events in Delirium-- there were no surprises... Lena has pretty much deduced most of these events. There is a surprise ending and while it was a shocker, it just raised more questions. How did Hana get to this place? We aren't guided there, there is just two pages of reflection at the end that don't lead up to this event. And what I'm interested in, is what takes place after this twist. How does this change Hana? Does she ever get the operation? What is her life like after Lena leaves? That's the story I wanted. That said, I am incredibly excited to see the final installment of this trilogy.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ione Butterfly

    The finale made me cry. And now i want to read Delirium again! (for the secound time) And at the same time i want Pandemonium in my hands right now!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kiersi

    This book was such a waste of time. Only half of it is actually about Hana; the second half is a "preview" of Pandemonium. In Delirium, Hana was a delightfully complex and realistic character. In "Hana," she is flattened and demonized. (view spoiler)[There is no indication at all in Delirium that Hana had any negative feelings toward Lena and Alex, but it spontaneously appears in this book. There is no basis or rationale at all for this dramatic change in her personality, even in the earlier part This book was such a waste of time. Only half of it is actually about Hana; the second half is a "preview" of Pandemonium. In Delirium, Hana was a delightfully complex and realistic character. In "Hana," she is flattened and demonized. (view spoiler)[There is no indication at all in Delirium that Hana had any negative feelings toward Lena and Alex, but it spontaneously appears in this book. There is no basis or rationale at all for this dramatic change in her personality, even in the earlier parts of this novella. (hide spoiler)] Oliver could have done something really cool with this novella. She could have brought us into Hana's voice, which I'd imagined as a sort of no-bullshit, straight-to-the-point energetic narrative; instead, Oliver writes Hana with exactly the same voice and narrative style as Lena in Delirium, which I found confusing and totally opposite of Hana's carefree character. There were so many places in Delirium where I wondered, "Why would Hana say that?" Why does she tell Lena that without unhappiness, how can you truly be happy? I had hoped "Hana" would delve into these mysterious parts of her character and shed some light. Instead, Oliver picked some random place to insert a new character and this new plot does not intertwine with the plot of Delirium at all. Even the one concurrent scene (where Lena and Hana talk after being apart for three weeks) is not at all what I remember from Delirium. Even worse than creating a new plot and new character that are not interesting at all, Oliver ignores the one new character that could have been fascinating--Hana's match, Frank, the mayor's son. (view spoiler)[ Frank had a previous marriage that "didn't work out"--why? I really want to know! (hide spoiler)] Frank's character is inquisitive, genuinely kind, and seems to be hiding some things. I don't know why Oliver (or Hana) simply dismissed him out of hand. Don't waste your money on this book. It will only disappoint.

  18. 5 out of 5

    willaful

    This is a short look -- not really a complete story -- at what was going on for Lena's best friend Hana during the events of Delirium. (Do not read this first!) I like that it realistically shows that not all forbidden interactions were as sweet and romantic as Alex and Lena's, but the story depressed and angered me and I kind of wish I hadn't read it. (view spoiler)[It strongly implies that Hana was the person who betrayed Lena, which considering the strength of their friendship, Lena's trust i This is a short look -- not really a complete story -- at what was going on for Lena's best friend Hana during the events of Delirium. (Do not read this first!) I like that it realistically shows that not all forbidden interactions were as sweet and romantic as Alex and Lena's, but the story depressed and angered me and I kind of wish I hadn't read it. (view spoiler)[It strongly implies that Hana was the person who betrayed Lena, which considering the strength of their friendship, Lena's trust in her, and what Lena did for her is a real kick in the pants. (hide spoiler)]

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    This was a very short ebook to tell the story of Hana, Lena's best friend from the delirium story. And while yes, it did definitely fill in some blanks, I didn't feel it was really worth it. If you're going to brach off and write some an add on... have it be a little more detailed or a little longer. I know it was a short story, but I felt like every word I read was predicted, expected, and didn't say much. Not worth the $2.99 I paid for it to be frank. Cute story, but not worth the hour it took This was a very short ebook to tell the story of Hana, Lena's best friend from the delirium story. And while yes, it did definitely fill in some blanks, I didn't feel it was really worth it. If you're going to brach off and write some an add on... have it be a little more detailed or a little longer. I know it was a short story, but I felt like every word I read was predicted, expected, and didn't say much. Not worth the $2.99 I paid for it to be frank. Cute story, but not worth the hour it took to read it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    potterican

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ***Spoilers*** Do not read unless you've read DELIRIUM. Ok so this was a good in between for Pandemonium. I had a feeling Hana was jealous of Alex ever since that encounter in the back room of Lena's work. I can't say I blame her because those are natural feelings, specially for a best friend, but that to betraying her best friend are two different things. I think I was more upset by her betrayal than by Alex's death.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)

    You don't have to read this before you read Pandemonium (Delirium #2) but you do have to read it. Wow. Interesting to see things from Hana's perspective, but wow.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Nice addition to Delirium. :)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    A short novella about Hana. This story runs parallel to Delirium, and gives a peak into Hana's life. I enjoyed Hana in Delirium, so I was looking forward to learning a bit more about her. Unfortunately, this book doesn't really give us much more information about Hana. I did like the ending though. It made the story more complex, because otherwise this is a recap of Delirium, but from Hana's point of view instead of Lena. A quick and easy read. Lauren Oliver's writing is very smooth, and this no A short novella about Hana. This story runs parallel to Delirium, and gives a peak into Hana's life. I enjoyed Hana in Delirium, so I was looking forward to learning a bit more about her. Unfortunately, this book doesn't really give us much more information about Hana. I did like the ending though. It made the story more complex, because otherwise this is a recap of Delirium, but from Hana's point of view instead of Lena. A quick and easy read. Lauren Oliver's writing is very smooth, and this novella clocks in at 63 pages. Easily read in one sitting, and a good one for fans of the Delirium series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐

    Mehhh I love Hana, I really do, BUT I what I don't like is when an author writes a novella, or even worse pulls an E. L. James, and writes an entire book over but from a different person's perspective. Of COURSE I am always curious about what is going on in different characters heads because knowing sure gives you a hell of a lot more insight into their motives behind different things. So, in this one especially, we can see the jealousy Hana had over what Lena was gaining without her (love) and Mehhh I love Hana, I really do, BUT I what I don't like is when an author writes a novella, or even worse pulls an E. L. James, and writes an entire book over but from a different person's perspective. Of COURSE I am always curious about what is going on in different characters heads because knowing sure gives you a hell of a lot more insight into their motives behind different things. So, in this one especially, we can see the jealousy Hana had over what Lena was gaining without her (love) and it makes so much more sense knowing that in understanding why she turned Lena and Alex in. But...it still lacks. Other than learning her jealousy I literally was just rereading scenes from Delirium all over again and it felt pointless overall.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Isn't it funny how people can seem to be someone from the outside but be somenone completely different from the inside? While I was reading Delirium, I loved Hana (I really thought her name was Hannah...). She was the funny, curious girl, who seemed to have a strong personality, who was a good friend and who also had an opinion of her own. She was actually questioning the whole system and I thought: 'Man, Hana is such a cool, smart girl.' Well, yeah, maybe she is. But there is also so much more t Isn't it funny how people can seem to be someone from the outside but be somenone completely different from the inside? While I was reading Delirium, I loved Hana (I really thought her name was Hannah...). She was the funny, curious girl, who seemed to have a strong personality, who was a good friend and who also had an opinion of her own. She was actually questioning the whole system and I thought: 'Man, Hana is such a cool, smart girl.' Well, yeah, maybe she is. But there is also so much more to her. So much more that wants to get out. That's why I really admire Lauren Oliver. The way she is able to create real characters, with flaws and issues, who do really stupid things and who feel like somebody you know, it's just amazing. Lauren first described Hana through Lena's eyes, telling us how beautiful she was and how she was kind of distant and just thinking about parties and so on. But then you read 'Hana' and you realize this girl has major issues going on in her life, and she feels alone and insecure and wants to find out what love is and doesn't know what to do or who to talk to. She's not the flawless girl with the perfect life, like Lena sees her sometimes. And there's another thing that Lauren Oliver does so well: Her characters mess up but in the end, can you really judge them? I mean, if you put yourself in Hana's shoes, how would you feel? (SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!) Okay, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't give my friend away and risk her life, that was really incredibly horrible. But I did get mad at Lena while reading 'Hana'. As soon as Lena met Alex, she focused just on him and almost forgot about her best friend. She turned into one of those girls who turn their backs on their best friends when they're dating. And let me just say this, I hate that. I would get mad too. I kind of did feel some strange vibe coming off from Hana at the end of Delirium, and now I understand. I am not happy about the way things turned out but if there weren't any conflicts, there'd be no story line, right? What will Lena do when she finds out what Hana did? I hope she punches her in the face, hard. That's what I'd do, anyway. What will happen to Hana, now that she's cured? I can't wait for Pandemonium, you guys!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Selina

    This short story told from Hana's perspective is the perfect edition to a perfect series. Hana has always been one of my favourite characters and her friendship with Lena was certainly very intriguing. Not only does this story provide a further insight into Hana's character, but it also introduces the reader to a whole new perspective in the world of Delirium. Hana has always been different to Lena and this becomes even more apparent as the reader goes through the novel. There are specific contra This short story told from Hana's perspective is the perfect edition to a perfect series. Hana has always been one of my favourite characters and her friendship with Lena was certainly very intriguing. Not only does this story provide a further insight into Hana's character, but it also introduces the reader to a whole new perspective in the world of Delirium. Hana has always been different to Lena and this becomes even more apparent as the reader goes through the novel. There are specific contrasts in their character, background and attitudes and Lauren Oliver presents this with a fabulous flow of words and images. The reader comes to learn about Hana's family, her stifling life in a higher-society and most of all, her yearning for adventure. However, the one similarity that bonds Hana and Lena together in this dystopic world is the fact that they both manage to find one thing: amor deliria nervosa, or to the rest of us, 'love.' While Lena seeks solace in Alex, it seems that Hana, the one who has always been the better of the two, is not so lucky. The ending was unexpected, and it certainly caught me by surprise. I had to re-read it a few times over for the full impact of the words to take effect. It was certainly shocking, but surprisingly, I did not hate Hana for what she did, but rather empathised with her on an odd level. Lauren Oliver has a beautiful conduct over words and any reader will find that 'Hana' is well-paced and beautifully written throughout.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hayley

    *Spoilers for Delirium Probably more like 3 and 1/2 stars, I did really enjoy the experience of reading Hana. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Lauren Oliver captures the complexities of female friendships better than any other YA author I've read. Hana is short and can easily be read in one sitting. It is by no means a stand alone story and you must have read at least Delirium before reading Hana. That said, I would say it's a must read for fans of the Delirium series. It sheds light on *Spoilers for Delirium Probably more like 3 and 1/2 stars, I did really enjoy the experience of reading Hana. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Lauren Oliver captures the complexities of female friendships better than any other YA author I've read. Hana is short and can easily be read in one sitting. It is by no means a stand alone story and you must have read at least Delirium before reading Hana. That said, I would say it's a must read for fans of the Delirium series. It sheds light on what Hana was doing and what was going through her head during the events of Delirium. Though Hana does experience a bit of a romance (view spoiler)[ with a really jerky guy who just wants to have a fling with her before they are cured (hide spoiler)] , the focus is on the relationship between Lena and Hana. It becomes a poignant example of two friends who dreadfully misunderstand each other. I think everyone has had that feeling of drifting apart from someone that they were once very close to, and Hana captures that feeling perfectly. Like in Delirium, in Hana, it becomes obvious that Hana enjoys flaunting her rebellion as a short of last hurrah before she is cured, whereas Lena quietly rebels and allows it to change her whole life and future. It becomes even more painful for Hana (who is kind of smugly consumed with her own rebelliousness), when she realizes that it is Lena who is the truly brave one of the two. It shatters Hana's sense of the world and of herself. (view spoiler)[ While the ending was painful, the insight provided during the novella made it unsurprising. (hide spoiler)]

  28. 5 out of 5

    Angela Auten

    Hana Review Novella Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Story Line: 5 stars out of 5. This was an interesting read. I actually like reading in Hana's point of view. I liked her from the beginning. Hana was a lot braver than Lena was. She would actually go out to parties, kiss, and other things that were forbidden in Portland. She started to realize that Lena was right after a raid. What annoyed me was that Lena basically did the same thing and Hana wasn't angry about it. She was actually pretty calm about Hana Review Novella Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Story Line: 5 stars out of 5. This was an interesting read. I actually like reading in Hana's point of view. I liked her from the beginning. Hana was a lot braver than Lena was. She would actually go out to parties, kiss, and other things that were forbidden in Portland. She started to realize that Lena was right after a raid. What annoyed me was that Lena basically did the same thing and Hana wasn't angry about it. She was actually pretty calm about everything. I was just glad that she patched things up with Lena in the first novel. I enjoyed this one very much. (I'm going to leave characters out of this one. If you want to know how I feel about the characters please read the Delirium review.) Writing Style: 5 stars out 5.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Trina (Between Chapters)

    I really appreciate it when authors give us a new perspective on an old story. This is a 50 page summary of Delirium told from Hana's POV. I went into this wanting to know what happened to Hana, but instead it didn't fill in many gaps. You learn about Hana's own exposure to the deliria and how she feels about Lena and Alex, but nothing new is really learned. I think the ending was meant to be a twist, but it only left me confused. This story fits has the same vibe as Delirium, so I would suggest I really appreciate it when authors give us a new perspective on an old story. This is a 50 page summary of Delirium told from Hana's POV. I went into this wanting to know what happened to Hana, but instead it didn't fill in many gaps. You learn about Hana's own exposure to the deliria and how she feels about Lena and Alex, but nothing new is really learned. I think the ending was meant to be a twist, but it only left me confused. This story fits has the same vibe as Delirium, so I would suggest reading it between Delirium and Pandemonium. I read Pandemonium before this and it was hard to get out of the darker and more serious style or writing. You won't be missing anything if you skip this book, but I think fans of the series will like it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Yolanda Sfetsos

    This novella fits between Delirium and Pandemonium . It's in the POV of Hana, who happens to be Lena's best friend. It's beautifully written and gives the reader insight into what was going on with Hana while Lena's story was developing. I enjoyed delving into her life, but I have to admit that it didn't really offer anything new to the trilogy. Well, okay, except for the very end... which I didn't expect. :(

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