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Book Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

I can’t even believe it – Requiem is OVER!!!! Lauren Oliver’s Delirium series has been all over the place, and it now it’s laid to rest. (Sorry to be doom and gloomy). I hate it when good things end.

Plus you know how I feel about the last book in a series

Book Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

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Title & Author: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Genre: YA – Dystopia

Release Date: March 5, 2013

Series: Delirium #3 – Final Book

Publisher: HarperCollins

How I Got the Book: Finished copy via the Publisher

Description:

“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.”

Last Delirium Book

Requiem is a serious book. Not that Delirium and Pandemonium are light books either, but this last book in this series definitely has a very heavy feel to it.

It’s probably because out of all the things that have fallen apart (Lena and Hana’s friendship, the misfit band of “Invalids,” the rebellion), some things have to be put back together. The puzzle and mystery of the novel have to have closure in this last piece of the story.

Requiem picks up exactly where Pandemonium drops off. In order to really talk about Requiem, I will be sharing Pandemonium spoilers.

So, if you don’t want to read Pandemonium spoilers, stop reading now!!

…Ok, we all good?

So, like I was saying, in Requiem, Lena has to face her feelings and deal with her extreme turmoil between Julian and Alex. Cuz Alex is alive, yo. Lena only spent ALL of Pandemonium grieving him and moving on, so of course Lauen Oliver had to psych us out and bring him back.

Not that I’m complaining. But, it’s just a tough way to shift the FINAL book in the saga. Ugh.

I’ll move on from THAT topic because a ton of other things happen in Requiem. Like, we see Hana again! The chapters alternate between Lena and Hana’s perspectives. There is a novella appropriate called Hana that fills in the gaps about her life from the first book to this one. Check it on on Goodreads here.

I loved “catching up” on Hana’s life – especially since she’s engaged to Fred Hargrove, the future mayor of Portland, and is cured. Some unbidden feelings and emotions are creeping their way back into her heart, and she thinks she may be defective.

I’m not sure if Oliver did this intentionally, but it seemed that at the end of a Hana chapter, if she was going to sleep, at the beginning of the next Lena chapter, Lena would be waking up. It felt like a chronological telling of their stories. Like they are both living and breathing at the same time, just in separate worlds (which is very true).

Closure

Lauren Oliver is a master at describing scenes. She makes them so vivid and real. For example:

The sky is now streaked with long filaments of orange and red, like the tendrils of a massive jellyfish, floating in a milk-white ocean. The mist rises, the earth begins to shake itself awake. Portland, too, will be stirring.

Compared to the constant action and movement in the other books, Requiem felt slow during the beginning. There was a lot to deal with for sure, but there weren’t many external events to make things feel like something was happening.

I also have to warn you: this book does not end with everything wrapped up nicely and in a bow. I won’t say things don’t end happily…they just don’t end with definitive answers. Some of you will hate this (Diana, I’m looking at you), and others of you may not mind as much.

I was in the “don’t mind as much” camp. I was definitely a bit frustrated, but I thought that the series overall was awesome, and that this final book ended on a high note with a sort of “HOLLA!” moment.

OVERALL:

I didn’t dislike this book, but I also wasn’t over-the-moon in love with it. It was a solid way to end this epic dystopia where love is a disease, and people are fighting to choose their own path. Although I wished for more closure, I think Requiem ended the series with a band (literally and figuratively).

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.