Book Review: Hana (Delirium #1.5) by Lauren Oliver

In the world of Delirium, love is a disease. And like all eighteen-year-olds, Lena and Hana must take the cure.

At the start of their last summer of freedom, they were the closest of friends. Until Hana made a decision that tore them apart... In Delirium, we heard from Lena. Now, Hana gets to tell her side of the story. And nothing is what we first thought.
Hana is a powerful, moving and beautifully told original eBook short story, with a shocking twist that will leave you with your heart in your mouth.

Release Date:  February 28, 2012
Age Group:  Young Adult
Publisher:  Harper Collins
Source:  Purchased

I am no fan of short stories, but I had to read Hana.  Anything by Lauren Oliver is an automatic buy-and-read for me, so not reading Hana was not an option.  I read it before I read Pandemonium, which was good because it got me back into Lena's world, fully ready to jump into Pandemonium.

I liked seeing Lena through Hana's perspective.  It's interesting to see your favorite characters viewed through someone else's eyes.  I never really got to know Hana in Delirium, but I always liked her and was excited about the chance to know more about her.

But, something was off for me with this short story.  I liked the story until the very end. Hana's actions at the end of the book don't mesh with what we know about her character.  What she did seemed so out of left field, so unwarranted, so unexplained.  There just didn't seem to be a basis for it at all.  I hated what she did and it made me hate her in turn.

Maybe we will find out more of Hana's story later in the series, but at this point, I'm not liking her at all, and find myself wishing her ill.  I hate to say that, but it's true!  Hana is a must-read for fans of this series, but if you're new to the series, start with Delirium. 

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