05 April 2014

Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver


Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver

Published: 5 March 2013 by HarperTeen

Pages: 391 (hardcover)

Genre/s: Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance

Source: Own library

Find it online: Goodreads ~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK ~ The Book Depository

As the third book in the series, this review may contain some spoilers.  My review of Delirium and my review of Pandemonium.

Synopsis

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.


My Thoughts

It's over.  Finito. And although I was never madly in love with the Delirium series, I was entertained by both the first and second books (apart from the EVIL cliffhangers) so I was looking forward to seeing how Oliver wrapped it all up.

I wasn't sure at first that the alternating POVs of Lena and Hana would work for me.  I didn't particularly like Hana in either of the first books, so I wasn't particularly interested in her perspective, but in the end I appreciated how it gave a different dimension to the plot rather than just Lena survives in forest, Lena does resistancy-type things, Lena spends nearly 400 pages trying to decide who she loves.

Right from the beginning , I've liked the idea behind the series - that love is outlawed, that it's 'curable' and for people that truly believe in the cure, it's the reason behind a lot of the misery in the world.  And in Reqiuem, Oliver continues to build on that idea, and it has a lot of creative merit.

Lena developed a lot in Pandemonium, but to be honest I found she had slipped back a little into her Delirium-blah personality in Requiem, which is possibly in part due to the alternating POVs, but I honestly think there is just something that never fundamentally clicked about her for me.  And the love-triangle thing just, ugh.  I'm sure Julian is a perfectly nice boy, but he's so...unmanly.  I envision him as a weedy little boy, all pale skin and mousy voice.

Strangely, I enjoyed Hana's perspective perhaps far more than any other part of this series, when it comes to characters.  I liked seeing her inner conflict and turmoil, and the way she handled it and tried to convince herself that she was feeling something else than she actually was.  It sounds so strange when I say it, but I really liked that feeling of disconnect and insecurity.

I've found this whole series pretty readable and both Pandemonium and Requiem were read-in-a-day type books for me, and that actually says a lot about how engaging I found them to be, considering neither are slim volumes.


As a series ender, there was never going to be the possibility to please every reader - and honestly, I didn't hate it.  In fact, I kinda liked it, but I have strange tastes in endings, so I'm probably just a black sheep here.  And I can see how it could be disappointing for some readers - but it worked for me.  Goodbye Delirum, we had some good times and bad, but overall, it was fun knowing you.

6 comments:

  1. The ending worked for me as well...but then I don't tend to oft agree with the masses either!

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  2. I thought I wouldn't like Hana's perspective AT ALL - but it's definitely interesting.


    The love triangle IS old but it didn't bother me too much.

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  3. I'm posting my review of Requiem on Thursday. Great job by the way. I agree that the ending didn't blow me away, but I was satisfied with it. I too was a little disappointed with Lena in Requiem, but was glad to see her finally pull her head out her...well...you know...in the end.

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  4. I was actually a big fan of the ending too! I just loved how hopeful it left everything. I get that it didn't wrap up everything in a nice pretty bow, and I see how that could be frustrating. But for me, it was a nice change from the expected.

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