Review: Hana by Lauren Oliver

Hana by Lauren OliverRelease Date: February 28, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Delirium #1.5
Received From: Bought
IBSN: 9780062124364

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.

Mild Delirium spoiler ahead…if you haven’t read it.

You guys know how much I love Delirium and Pandemonium, right? They are some of my favorite books. So when I found myself with a little extra time between books I instantly started Hana. I really liked Hana in Delirium. She was such a great contrast to rule following Lena in the beginning. Hana was easier to relate to. She asked the questions that needed to be asked and she was basically a normal teenager in this world without love. I was very interested to find out more about her.

Hana takes place during Delirium. At first I was a tiny bit disappointed by that. I wanted to see what happened after Lena escaped, but I got over that because I quickly saw that we were going to find out some things that Lena never knew about…that we never knew about. This is a behind the scenes look.

I learned that Hana was not quite the person I thought she was. There was a lot more going on with her than I ever thought. I wasn’t expecting a surprise ending…but it’s Lauren Oliver and I should have known better. She always, always surprises me and finds new ways to break my heart. The ending was completely unexpected for me. Usually I suspect or guess things before they happen but I had no clue until I read those words. My jaw hit the floor.

If you’re curious about what I’m talking about, read it. It’s very short. You can definitely get it done in one sitting and it’s written in the same beautiful prose that we have all come to expect from Lauren. It was fascinating to see things outside of Lena’s point of view.

Check out my reviews for Delirium, Pandemonium and Requiem!


  1. I loved this too!! It was so good. I liked getting to hear from Hana. She is definitely different than I originally thought too.
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  2. This reminds me that I’ll definitely need to read DELIRIUM soon – actually can’t really believe I haven’t yet. It’s one of the books that have been on my to-read list forever and I still haven’t got around to buy a copy. :(
    Glad you enjoyed HANA though… and thanks for sharing your opinion!
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  3. I just finished reading Delirium! I can’t wait to read this one … I’m on Pandemonium now. I can’t believe I waited so long to read these! :) 
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  4. I LOVED Delirium so it’s a given I really liked Hanna’s character as well. I’ve been curious about this one so I’m happy to hear that it’s good as well as surprising. And an unexpected ending?! Count me in for sure. Great review! :) 
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  5. I need to read this and Pandemonium, I loved the first book and really want to get to these I just haven’t had the time. But they are on my TBR list for this month! 
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  6. I want to read this.  I’m glad Lauren Oliver wrote this because part of my complaint about Pandemonium (Besides the frustrating ending) was that Hanna wasn’t in it.  I’ll have to read this one soon.  Great review!
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  7. I’ve read Hana too!  So good. I’ve always liked Hana but I was def. surprised with what happened behind the scenes. I didn’t expect her to…it was just a shock. IDK how I feel about Hana now. I need to read the 2nd book to find out!
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  8. OMG. I so need to read this one :O Just finished Pandemonium. And it was so good. Much better then Delirium :)
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  9. Ahhh I’m so curious about this one now! I enjoyed Hana quite a lot in Delirium but was afraid to read this book because what if it ruins her for me? I’m glad we get to find our more about her and I’ve been hearing so much about this twist! Definitely going to read it ASAP! Thanks for wonderful review. :) 
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  10. I think I am going to have to Reread Delirium so I can read this and Pandemonium! I am glad to know that this is worth the time to read.  I am not usually a bit fan of Novellas added into a series but it sounds like this gives some great insight that I should not miss out on! 
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  11. Hmm, I have Pandemonium and now I wonder if I should read this first ? I’m so mad I missed the day Oliver put it up for free !

  12. Oh really! I actually expected that ending the whole time I was reading Delirium. I never trusted Hana and thought she was the one who did indeed do what she did at the end. LOL It was hard to say without spoilers but I think you know what I mean.
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  13. I just LOVE jaw dropping endings and Lauren Oliver and I loved Hana in Delirium. I’m def going to need to buy this on my kindle.

  14. I really thought this was a good addition to the Delirium series! I rally liked seeing what happened with hana between the time her and Lena were not talking.
    The ending left me utterly speechless!!
    Great Review Lori!!

    Happy Reading.
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  15. Hmm, I hadn’t picked it up yet, but I think you’ve convinced me. I never seem to go for short stories. Don’t know why. I need to get over myself and just embrace them. And I really DO want to know what happened with Hana. I missed her for all of Pandemonium (although your cryptic mention of the ending now has me terrified that she’s going to die).
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