Wednesday, May 17

Review: Annabel (Delirium #0.5)

Annabel (Delirium #0.5)
Lauren Oliver

Published By: Harper Collins
Publication Date: December 26, 2012
Date Read: Febriary 27, 2017
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book

From Goodreads:
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.

Annabel is a novella that I have had on my kindle for what feels like forever. I remember reading Delirium years ago and loving it so much so I bought the novellas as soon as they released but for some reason I just never read them. I am so glad I finally decided to read them as I enjoyed reading this prequel novella.

Annabel tells the story of Lena's mother. I am really glad that I didn't read this before Delirium as I feel it would have spoilt the book for me but I did enjoy reading Annabel's story. It's told in both the past when not everyone has the cure as it's just been perfected and in the present day when she is in a cell just living for the day that she can escape and be with other uncured people.

Annabel was a cute and intriguing novella. It is very short and something you can read in about half an hour. It definitely gave me more insight into the Delirium series and I can't wait to read more of the series.

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