This is book #1.5 in the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver. The series, a trilogy like seemingly all YA books these days, is 2/3 published, and I’ve read the first two. In fact, I’d read them both before I even know this book existed. I was hesitant to even read it, since it isn’t critical to the plot-line, but the $1.99 Kindle price and the shortness (it’s only 95 pages) convinced me to give it a shot.
This is the same story from the last 1/3 of Delirium, but told from Hana’s perspective. The other books are written From the perspective of Lena, Hana’s Normally, in a book written in the first person, you see everything through one person’s eyes, which can be enough. At least it is realistic, since that’s all we ever get in life. But when you see something through someone else’s perspective, it can really change how you think about….everything and everyone.
So, while this isn’t a critical book for the overall series, it offers an interesting perspective that you miss in a lot of novels. This seems to be a trend in the YA series genre. There is a 13-page “book” that Veronica Roth released on Facebook called “Free Four” that does something similar to this book. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s on the list!