Annabel (Delirium #0.5)
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's story is filled with such sadness. And after all the things that she has gone through, Annabel still believes and will fight for the right to choose, for the right to be able to love freely.
The similarities between Annabel and Lena's story to survive and thrive really surprised me. It was amazing to see how much Lena's personality coincided with her mothers; although Annabel did seem a but more innocent and naive, even though she had more street experience than Lena.
It was great to get to know Lena's mother more. It helped me understand why she did the things she did throughout the series. I suggest that Annabel be read after Delirium. I'm glad that I did because everything just made more sense.