For the first time, Lauren Oliver's short stories about characters in the Delirium world appear in print.
The short-story collection companion to Lauren Oliver’s New York Times bestselling trilogy about forbidden love, revolution, and the power to choose. Now with a brand-new cover and an exclusive-to-this-book sneak peek at her next novel for teens: the ambitious, wholly original masterwork Replica.
Lauren Oliver’s short stories about Hana, Annabel, Raven, and Alex expand and enrich the Delirium world, illuminating events and characters through new perspectives.
Hana adds nuance to the life-changing summer before best friends Lena and Hana are to be cured—a moment when the girls’ paths diverge and their futures are altered forever.
Annabel untangles the mysteries surrounding Lena’s mother, detailing her journey from teenage runaway to prisoner of the state.
Raven crackles with the intensity of its title character, the fierce leader of a rebel group in the Wilds who plays an integral role in the resistance.
And Alex explains what happened to Lena’s first love after the events of Delirium, as well as the dark past that he has tried to forget.
"Strangely enough, this is what I dream about now, the summer before my cure, during the last summer that will ever be truly mine to enjoy. I dream about sledding. That's what it's like to barrel forward toward September, to speed toward the day when I will no longer be troubled by amor delirium nervosa.
It is like being on a sled in the middle of a cutting wind. I am breathless and terrified; I will soon be engulfed by whiteness and suctioned into another world. Good-bye, Hana."
"But Lena… little darling Lena, with her tangle of dark hair and her flushed, chubby cheeks. She used to rescues spiders format he pavement to keep them from getting squashed; quiet, thoughtful Lena, with the sweetest lisp to break your heart. To break my heart: my wild, uncured, erratic, incomprehensible heart. I wonder whether her front teeth still overlap; whether she still confuses the words pretzel and pencil occasionally; whether the wispy brown hair grew straight and long, or began to curl.
I wonder if she believes the lies they told her.
I, too, am a liar now. I've become one, of necessity. I lie when I smile and return an empty tray. I lie when I ask for The Book of Shhh, pretending to have repented. I lie just by being here, on my cot, in the dark. Soon, it will be over. Soon I will escape. And then the lies will end."
"Here are the top three things I've learned in my twenty-two years on the planet:
- 1. Never wipe your butt with poison ivy.
- 2. People are like ants: Just a few of them give all the orders. And most of them spend their lives getting squashed.
- 3. There are no happy endings, only breaks in the regular action. Of all of them, number three is really the only one you have to keep in mind."