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Hana

(Delirium #1.5)

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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
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ebook, 64 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published December 19th 2011)
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Ashley This novella was published first, but Annabel takes place 1st chronologically. However, I suggest reading both of these after you finish Delirium, as …moreThis novella was published first, but Annabel takes place 1st chronologically. However, I suggest reading both of these after you finish Delirium, as Annabel spoils the end of Delirium, and Hana takes place at the same time as Delrium, just from Hana's perspective. In terms of which novella to read first between Annabel and Hana, it really doesn't matter.(less)
Runa It's a novella that's only a few chapters long. Goodreads lists it at 64 pages, compared to the 300 or so pages that make up a typical YA novel.

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MischaS_
Nov 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Kazhy (My Library in the Making)
Actual rating: 3.5

I was pitying her until I got to the end. I KNEW IT.
hayden
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Reynje
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Erika Custodio
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
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Nat
Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it
****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
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Claudia Ramírez
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
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.
Katja
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, books-2017
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Madison Seidler
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Hillary
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: novellas
What the f...! I can't believe this! Lauren Oliver, you're such a sadist!

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Bianca
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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 ...more
niluferns
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Sara
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-lit
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
jess
May 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, ladyish, yaf
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
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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
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Ionela
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! ...more
Ellie
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved how this book fit together with the rest of the series. It was nice to see Hana’s side of things. (And I LOVE how it ended. It was so perfectly suspenseful and it really helped to connect the story.)
Kiersi
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
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)
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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) ...more
Sara
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
potterican
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ipad, read-in-2012, ya
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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.
Natalie
Nov 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Nice addition to Delirium. :)
Darinda
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story-ya
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
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Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, fantasy
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 ...more
Julia
Feb 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia
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
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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
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Hayley
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
*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
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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 ...more
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
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Lauren Oliver is the cofounder of media and content development company Glasstown Entertainment, where she serves as the president of production. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica ...more

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