by Lauren Oliver
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Annabel by Lauren Oliver

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062237385
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/26/2012
Series: Delirium Series , #2
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 50
Sales rank: 197,200
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lauren Oliver is the cofounder of media and content development company Glasstown Entertainment, where she serves as the President of Production.

She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren's bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by Awesomeness Films. Before I Fall was adapted into a major motion picture starring Zoey Deutch. It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017, garnering a wide release from Open Road Films that year.

Oliver is a 2012 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee for her middle-grade novel Liesl & Po, as well as author of the middle-grade fantasy novel The Spindlers and The Curiosity House series, co-written with H.C. Chester. She has written one novel for adults, Rooms.

Oliver co-founded Glasstown Entertainment with poet and author Lexa Hillyer. Since 2010, the company has developed and sold more than fifty-five novels for adults, young adults, and middle-grade readers. Some of its recent titles include the New York Times bestseller Everless, by Sara Holland; the critically acclaimed Bonfire, authored by the actress Krysten Ritter; and The Hunger by Alma Katsu, which received multiple starred reviews and was praised by Stephen King as “disturbing, hard to put down” and “not recommended…after dark.”

Oliver is a narrative consultant for Illumination Entertainment and is writing features and TV shows for a number of production companies and studios.

Oliver received an academic scholarship to the University of Chicago, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New York University.

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Annabel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I really liked this story. As soon as it came today I sat right down and read it. This book takes place before Delirium, not long after the laws from The Book of Shhh are put into place. It was so great to get Lena's mom's POV and find out a bit more about how she came to be in The Crypt.  It's written in a then/now format. We see how Annabel came to meet Lena's father and how she ended up with him. We also get to spend time with her after her imprisonment. We meet Annabel's mother and father briefly. And we get a glimpse of Lena's sister Carol as a young girl. Seeing Carol as a young girl certainly gives us an understanding of why she is the way she is with Lena. As always, I love Oliver's writing. Is lyrical and flows well off the page. I certainly want to keep reading this story to see where it went and I was wanting more when it was over. I really enjoyed this, but I wish it were longer. I could see this particular story turning into a longer book and leading up to Delirium, sort of a pre-quel of sorts. 4/5 stars from me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good! It filled in the gaps between the two books combined.. its only 55 pages long.. give a short point of view of lenas mother.. then it showes u 2 chapters of the next book coming out!! Which will be written in Lenas point of view and Hanas so far! I love this series. Its legit my favoriteei have ever read.
BookNerd91 More than 1 year ago
This is a good read for anyone who follows the Delirium series.  It tells the story from Lena's mother's point of view, and it alternates between past and present time. If you expect it to tell all of her story, then you might be disappointed, but it does give a good insight into her life before and after her imprisonment. It tells you about her escape, and it does what all of the other Delirium books & stories do... it leaves you wanting more! This nook book also comes w/ the first 2 chapters of Requiem. I don't know what I'm gonna do with myself once this series is over. If you haven't read any of the Delirium series and are thinking about reading it, I highly recommend it! It is amazing. 5 / 5 Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this and cant wait for requirem to come out !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The reason I give this book 4 stars is because I expected more information. I just feel like there's still a lot of questions about Lena's mom left open. Maybe we'll hear more in Requiem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I pre ordered this book I thought it was going to tell all of Lena's mother's story. Although it told her escape. I hope the next book with some more about Lena's mom. I would like to know what happened during the years but she seems distant. I would like to know why she ran away when she finally met again.
TheBumbleGirl1 More than 1 year ago
Annabel's story is very similar to the way Pandemonium was told in that it takes place in the present - Annabel's time in the crypts and her escape - and then flashes back to the past - when Annabel fell in love and then was cured, and then how she continued to love - to help us understand why Annabel was the way she was, what she went through for love, and freedom.  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. 
LoloCA More than 1 year ago
This book was cheap, a quick read, and fit in with the style of the other books in the series. It was a perfect read now because I am waiting for the final book, and this gives you a little taste and a little reminder of what is to come. It's nice to see more detail on one of the characters we only heard about before.
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MyndiL More than 1 year ago
I like to read things in chronological rather than publication order, so I'm likely reading this series in a different order than most of the fans of the series have read it.  This is the first book I've read, so I don't know anything about the world that Oliver has created...because of that I was a little lost as to what was going on.  Since this book was obviously published after the first book, perhaps if I'd read it in that order I'd know more what was happening.  I wish that the author had considered people who might read the series in this order and perhaps included a little more detail into the dystopian world she's created.  That aside, I did like this short novella telling about what I've gathered is going to be the main character's mother and what happened to her.  It did seem a bit of a cliffhanger, but I assume we will learn what happened next in the reading of the rest of the series.
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
Annabel is the story of Lena's mother and it really gives readers of the series a little bit of insight to her.  It starts years before Lena was born and shares Annabel's experience with the cure and her time in the crypts.  Annabel grew up as society was changing and she rebelled against it, eventually meeting the man who would become the love of her life, even if he would never be able to love her.  It was interesting to get to know Annabel as more than a distant figure in Lena's life, although I wish it had been a bit longer so we could have learned more about her time following her escape from the crypts. My Recommendation:  While you can definitely read the trilogy withou this, I think it offers some depth and understanding that makes the overall story even better.
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