Summary from Goodreads:
“This captivating 50-page digital-original story set in the world of Lauren Oliver’s New York Times bestselling Delirium series focuses on Raven, the fiery leader of a rebel group in the Wilds.
As a teenager, Raven made the split-second decision to flee across the border to the Wilds, compelled to save an abandoned newborn—a baby girl left for dead and already blue from the cold. When she and the baby are taken in by a band of rebels, Raven finds herself an outsider within a tight-knit group. The only other newcomer is an untrustworthy boy known as the Thief until he finally earns himself a new name: Tack.
Now she and Tack are inseparable, committed to each other, the fledgling rebellion, and a future together. But as they both take center stage in the fight, Raven must decide whether the dangers of the revolution are worth risking her dreams of a peaceful life with Tack.
As her story hurtles back and forth between past and present, Raven transforms from a scared girl newly arrived in the Wilds to the tough leader who helps Lena save former Deliria-Free poster boy Julian Fineman from a death sentence. Whatever the original mission may have been, Raven abides by a conviction that she believes to her core: You always return for the people you love.
By turns surprising, revelatory, and poignant, Raven’s story enriches the Delirium world and resonates with a voice that is as vulnerable as it is strong.”
My Thoughts & Review:
I love Raven. I was ecstatic to find out that the next novella was going to be Raven’s story. My love for her increased tenfold when I read Requiem. With that being said, this story… with its so few pages managed to break me, shrivel my heart up until it almost stopped.
I’m not sure how Lauren Oliver manages to do this every time: turn me into a sobbing, bawling, ugly cry type of mess. She destroys my emotional stability.
I also read this after Requiem which gave me a slightly different perspective than I would have had having read it BUT now I want to go back and re read Requiem for things I might have missed, oh the conundrum!
Another point I want to make is that all of the Delirium stories manage to intertwine themselves perfectly. Raven ties into Alex’s short story which was totally unexpected.
Just read this if you love the Delirium series. But it might shatter your soul. </3