Synopsis: The summer before they’re supposed to be cured of the ability to love, best friends Lena and Hana begin to drift apart. While Lena shies away from underground music and parties with boys, Hana jumps at her last chance to experience the forbidden. For her, the summer is full of wild music, dancing—and even her first kiss. But on the surface, Hana must be a model of perfect behavior. She meets her approved match, Fred Hargrove, and glimpses the safe, comfortable life she’ll have with him once they marry. As the date for her cure draws ever closer, Hana desperately misses Lena, wonders how it feels to truly be in love, and is simultaneously terrified of rebelling and of falling into line.
Plot: This novella has a clear storyline, telling the things we missed in Delirium from Hana’s perspective. It rounds out the story, and helps resolve any leftover questions we had about what Hana had been up to while on the outs with Lena.
Quote: What will I remember, if I remember anything at all?
Verdict: This is exactly what I wish Alex’s novella had been like. It covered the last little bit we’re still left wondering about from the three main novels, and helps bring completion to the character.