Title: Annabel (Delirium #0.5)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Format: Paperback (HarperCollins | Borrowed)
Summary (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.
My Thoughts: As the title suggests, this book is about Lena’s mother. And this novella is written in Then and Now in an alternating manner. Which I found very refreshing and I can easily compare and contrast the Annabel then and the Annabel Now. It allows me to see how the events in her life have made her to make such decisions. I think this is a beautifully written story and though its just like a 50 pg long novella, it left a significant impact on how I feel towards this series. I read the first two books before I read this one and I feel that its better that I’ve read the first one then this as I felt that I can relate to Annabel much better than if I just read this book then followed by the first book. And the review of the second novella, Hana will be up soon:)
Rating: 4.5 /5 stars
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