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Publisher Description

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.

Young Adult
December 26
Ninth Grade

Customer Reviews

ErinChels ,


Out of all the short stories this was my favorite one. I liked getting to see her moms story and how she escapes.

Hb314 ,


You here about Lena’s mom In Delerium, and instantly you want to know a little bit more. This prequel gives you a little background. I wish we got a little more information that was given on the mother’s love story, but since it was one sided, I guess this was an adequate amount. I get the impression that it wasn’t completely one sided though, and that make me wish for more.
Overall, this short story introduces you to Bells, Lena’s mommy. How her parents met, how the cure didn’t work, how she fell in love, and how her position in Delerium came to be. I was content with this story. It’s definitely necessary to series. It’s written well, and it will absolutely get you excited to read more.

Midnight1992 ,


Even though it has not been released yet I already know its amazing! The story itself is amazing and it is really nice to see an author give so much to a great story line by writing other character perceptions for the audience to get a better feel for the story. Thank you Lauren Oliver, you are truly inspirational as some might also feel.

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