Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Delirium Stories

Title : Delirium Stories (Delirium 0.5, 1.5, 2.5)
Author : Lauren Oliver
Rating : 5 Stars!
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by HarperCollins
ISBN : 0062267787 (ISBN13: 9780062267788)
For the first time, Lauren Oliver's short stories about characters in the Delirium world appear in print. Originally published as digital novellas, Hana, Annabel, and Raven each center around a fascinating and complex character who adds important information to the series and gives it greater depth. This collection also includes an excerpt from Requiem, the final novel in Oliver's New York Times bestselling series.

Hana is told through the perspective of Lena's best friend, Hana Tate. Set during the tumultuous summer before Lena and Hana are supposed to be cured, this story is a poignant and revealing look at a moment when the girls' paths diverge and their futures are altered forever.

Lena's mother, Annabel, has always been a mystery--a ghost from Lena's past--until now. Her journey from teenage runaway to prisoner of the state is a taut, gripping narrative that expands the Delirium world and illuminates events--and Lena--through a new point of view.

And as the passionate, fierce leader of a rebel group in the Wilds, Raven plays an integral role in the resistance effort and comes into Lena's life at a crucial time. Crackling with intensity, Raven is a brilliant story told in the voice of one of the strongest and most tenacious characters in the Delirium world.

Source : Goodreads 

Everything that I wanted to know before and after the "cure" encompassed within this book. It never fails to amaze how these characters endure the pain of losing the people they loved and falling out of love. Their stories showed different perception of love, freedom and life. They all have given me unique insights how they can think and move at times when there are ways that crosses along the things that they wanted to happen. 

Hana which tells from the start of her friendship to Lena until she escapes to make her way through Deering Highlands up to the end of meeting Alex, suddenly parades my mind with innocence at first. Her thoughts were wild and raw to be precise which I find it very pleasing to read. From the start of her story, she clearly focuses on being free and the possibilities of being cured. The way her mind perceives forming to be a new Hana seems very vague to her since all the things that she wanted at that time is freedom. Then she went to Deering Highlands and slowly learned about rebellion itself. That's the most endearing part that I really found enjoyable. She's honest from what she feels and transparent but she can still hide those things to her family, I found it profoundly pleasing. Her's shows how innocent love might destroy and make you strong.

Annabel on the other hand, God, she was so passionate and another honest character that I've ever read. Even from the start of her story, I was deeply moved with her thoughts. The way she sees and feels love is very deep, moving, innocent, and passionate kind. At some point, it really hurts to read every part of her feelings. The way that she's cognizant about passionate love towards Lena's father suddenly brings hope to me that even if the person we love doesn't love us in return -  as long as we love them as who they are, it feels very complete. I cherished how Lauren Oliver also describes her as she became determined to escape and return for Lena.

Last, but definitely not the least is the story of Raven. Wow! Her story shows boldness and bravery at the same time. At a young age, she realizes all the faults and consequences of the world and she takes full responsibility from all of it. Lauren Oliver creates a fierce character which deeply shows how a lady can endure the pain of seeing the one you love getting hurt in front of your eyes. Her thoughts were all very clever and full of tactics when it comes on surviving. I value the way she's very decisive for Blue. She never displayed fear and she's aware how her actions might take if there are decisions that were not done at the right time.

Overall, Delirium Stories can split your mind and refresh your thoughts how these three strong stories portray not just about love, but also freedom and responsibility for the people the you love or very important for you. Their stories can make you realize how life can change once you've been awaken from the realities of life.
  
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