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Reviewing books since 2010. Obsessive dystopia fan.

Hana (Delirium, #1.5)

Hana (Delirium, #1.5) - Lauren Oliver I spent quite a bit of work trying to get Hana, as I don't currently have a bank card and needed to pay with Paypal. I felt it was worth it though – I loved Hana's character in Delirium and was desperate to read the story from her own point of view. Of Lena and Hana's friendship, Hana was clearly the stronger half at the beginning, but drifted away from Lena as the story progressed so I was also curious to see if we'd find out what happens to her.

In Delirium, Lena paints Hana as the ultimate friend – they've known each other since they were children, they go running together as much as possible and when Hana needs to visit Alex, Hana covers for her and occasionally joins her, and the team play hide and seek and scrabble. However, the Hana we meet in this short story is a very different person, with thoughts and feelings that are not very likeable at all. Whereas Hana in Delirium accepts Alex and becomes friends with him, this Hana is really jealous of Lena's relationship and does something that, in my opinion, is one of the most overused clichés in Dystopian novels, which annoyed me even more.

And if that wasn't annoying enough, this seems to be half the book – the other half is dedicated to shoving in a couple of chapters of Pandemonium – and Lena's not doing great. She's doing so badly in fact, that she seems to have developed OCD. It appears to be split into two – now and then. I'm not sure what the point of this is, but it does seem to be the one intriguing part at least!

Overall, a rather disappointing purchase. The whole short story seems to be designed to put people off buying Pandemonium, with cliché after cliché. A couple of gay characters are randomly written in, as if to try and appeal to the gay community too. As there are no gay characters in Delirium, this just furthered my annoyance...