Thursday, May 30, 2013
Review: Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver
Author: Lauren Oliver
Published: March 5, 2013
Synopsis from Goodreads
They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.
But we are still here.
And there are more of us every day.
Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.
After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor.
Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.
Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.
But we have chosen a different road.
And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.
We are even free to choose the wrong thing.
Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.
I have enjoyed every book in this series and was very sad to see it come to a close. A lot of people were upset by the ending of this book but I thought it was brilliant. It was a nice change from all the other stories we read, where it ends one way or another. In the ending to this series, you are left with endless possibilities which is in fact the premise of the entire series. To be free to choose the life you want, to have every possibility open to you, to not be constricted by the norm and that which the world says is right or wrong. So in my opinion the books ending was masterful.
I am going to try VERY hard not to have spoilers but it will be very difficult.
Requiem is mostly about the Resistance, it is told in two POV's Lena and Hana, which offered some good insight. It was like seeing both sides of a coin. We all know that Hana's been cured but did the cure work and exactly how effective is it? All these questions are answered by Hana's insight. I will also say that every time the story shifted to Hana I was in tense mode. It was like watching a train wreck but being unable to look away.
While I am growing very tired of love triangles, I didn't mind it so much in this book because it was more of the ability to love more than one person. Very few of us have only ever loved one person, many of us have been hurt, found, and lost love. While we may have loved some more than others, we have still loved more than once. Since this book is about the disease of love, it is only natural to explore various forms of love and loss.
Regardless as to how sweet Julian was, I'm still an Alex fan. He was just so headstrong and independent, he loved Lena but wasn't a wimp about it, he would get mad at her, yell at her even, but Julian, he reminded me of a puppy. You can yell at him, stick him in a cage, and he'll still come crawling back with his tail between his legs. I know that's a terrible analogy but it's how I felt about Julian. No matter how mean Lena was to him he never stood up for himself.
There are some sad moments in this book, not everyone survives, which I found to be realistic, in life not everyone comes out alive in war. Those you would have expected to die, didn't, and those you didn't expect to die did. Some new characters are introduced all which served a purpose and at times not the one you would have expected them to.
I do not recommend this book to anyone who has to have all loose ends tied up at the end of a book. If you're expecting this to happen, you will be highly disappointed.