Monday, July 29, 2013

Annabel (Delirium #1.5) by Lauren Oliver - Paul's Review

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Title: Annabel

Author: Lauren Oliver
Year Published: 2012

Ashley's Review

Synopsis: Lena's mother, Annabel, has always been a mystery—a ghost in Lena's past. Until now.

Discover her secrets in Lauren Oliver's brilliant original digital story set in the world of New York Times bestsellers Delirium and Pandemonium.

Lena Halloway's mother, Annabel, supposedly committed suicide when Lena was only six years old. That's the lie that Lena grew up believing, but the truth is very different. As a rebellious teenager, Annabel ran away from home and straight into the man she knew she was destined to marry. The world was different then—the regulations not as stringent, the cure only a decade old. Fast forward to the present, and Annabel is consigned to a dirty prison cell, where she nurtures her hope of escape and scratches one word over and over into the walls: Love.

But Annabel, like Lena, is a fighter. Through chapters that alternate between her past and present, Annabel reveals the story behind her failed cures, her marriage, the births of her children, her imprisonment, and, ultimately, her daring escape.


Review: These novellas are really great. I love that they are all compiled into a paperback. This one is from Lena's mom, Annabel,'s perspective.

I liked that we got to see what the world was like when Annabel was young and the dystopia aspect of the world was just forming. I kind if got a weird 60's vibe from it, but I think that was just me.
This novella follows the same format of Pandemonium with "now" and "then" sections. I like the way they played off of each other.

I was surprised how much depth was added to this character in such few pages. The storytelling was excellent and I want more! I'm glad these novellas exist. I give this particular novella a 4/5.

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