Delirium Stories is a collection of three novellas/short stories written by Lauren Oliver as companions to the novels of the Delirium series. I read the stories as I read the novels. Hana and Annabel were read after Delirium and Raven after Pandemonium. After I read each story, I wrote down a few thoughts, as I often do with short story collections.
I enjoyed Hana as a character in Delirium, but I think I like her more now. From Lena's perspective, it seems like Hana is a willing participant of everything. Hana is willing, but she also sees how Lena is growing and changing. Hana sees Lena moving away from her.
Hana has her own experience with a boy, one many of us can relate to, but is put into a different perspective in the context of Delirium. She never tells Lena. If she did, maybe Lena would understand Hana's decision.
Though I thoroughly enjoyed Hana and learning about all the things Lena didn't know happened, Annabel was exciting. It was sad, but also full of hope. Annabel is Lena's mother. This is her story, told beautifully. From Annabel and her own mother's perspective, we can maybe see why some people wanted the cure so desperately.
I loved everything about Annabel. I loved her determination, her emotion, and her honesty. I love the story of how she met her husband of how they never spoke of it. I also loved Thomas and getting to know him better. He was just a name in Delirium, in Annabel, he was a person, who had suffered loss and wanted to help the world. Reading Annabel is a highlight in the whole series.
Raven. Oh my. There is so much. So much you don't know while reading Pandemonium. Raven is a mother/big sister to Lena, but she's so much more than that. There is so much information in this story. If you didn't read it and just read the novels, would there be surprise? I guess I'll find out soon since I'll be starting Requiem shortly. Raven is such a wonderful, complex character. She's so compelling. Even though Lena is looking for her mother, I want her to stay with Raven. Raven has dreams and hopes and fantasies. She has new complications. I don't know if it's because I've read Pandemonium, but Raven is my favourite story of the three. Raven went back for Lena. Annabel didn't.
I really enjoyed the Delirium Stories. I'm glad I read them interspersed with the novels. It added to the overall feel of the series. If you decide to read the Delirium series, pick up Delirium Stories too.