Requiem (Delirium #3), by Lauren Oliver

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Book 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.

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.

Review: 3 stars

You know when you build up something in your mind so much that you’re expectations are pretty damn high? Well I definitely did this with Requiem. Don’t get me wrong, I really did enjoy this book! But that’s all- I liked it, but I was also slightly disappointed by it. I had to wait almost a year for this book after the second book left us the way it did (aka on the edge of a cliff and desperate to read more). Pandemonium had the ultimate ending, the return of Alex on the very LAST PAGE! Like come on Lauren, what is that!? So I’m not gonna lie, I really really wanted a lot of Alex in the third book! But that’s just not what you get. I respect that Lauren Oliver didn’t make this into another predictable YA love story but I still would’ve enjoyed a little more romance.

The story line instead was very focused around the upcoming battle of the cureds vs the un-cureds. The battles are fast packed and one after the other, slowly building up to the end. Be prepared, people will definitely die. But here’s the thing; I didn’t feel overly sad about the deaths. They get passed over pretty quickly, a moment of silence and then we’re up and going representing how it would be in real life. But there are certain deaths, especially at the end, where I would’ve liked to be dwelled on a little bit more.

I really enjoyed the addition of Hana’s point of view in this book! When the war is really coming down to the ultimate battle, it was awesome being able to see both sides of the story. Also Hana’s story was pretty fascinating! I really liked the development of her character while also maintaining her post-surgery ideals in a delirium free world.

My one big problem with this book was the lack of character development with Julian. We spent nearly the entire second book on Julian, getting to know his character, seeing his change and falling in love with him! But in the third book he’s kind of just there. He says and does very little. Also Lena totally uses him and I sorta resent her for that reason. Especially at the ending! There is no conclusion of what will happen with Julian which really really bothers me!! I want Julian to get a happy ending because I did become attached to him in the second book, instead he’s kinnda just floating out in space.

Finally the ending – I know that a lot of people have really turned against this book because of the ending because its so open-ended. I actually really liked this! I don’t think it would have been possible to come to a conclusive ending for the whole series and I liked the note on which it ended. Lauren Oliver leaves you with an ending that gives you hope for the future and an important message for your own lives.

“Take down the walls. 
That is, after all, the whole point. 
You do not know what will happen if you take down the walls; you cannot see through to the other side, don’t know whether it will bring freedom or ruin, resolution or chaos. It might be paradise or destruction. 
Take down the walls.
Otherwise you must live closely, in fear, building barricades against the unknown, saying prayers against the darkness, speaking verse of terror and tightness.
Otherwise you may never know hell; but you will not find heaven, either. You will not know fresh air and flying.
All of you, wherever you are: in your spiny cities, or your one bump towns. Find it, the hard stuff, the links of metal and chink, the fragments of stone filling you stomach. 
And pull, and pull, and pull.
I will make a pact with you: I will do it if you will do it, always and forever.
Take down the walls.”

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2 thoughts on “Requiem (Delirium #3), by Lauren Oliver

  1. Great Review. You know, i haven’t really spent a lot of time thinking about the lack of development that we got from Julien since the ending made me so upset and the Alex/Lena story really kept me wondering. But you’re totally right that we get such a build up on what he’s supposed to be like with his medical issues, and then nothing in the final book. Lots more to think about but i agree with you on your rating. can’t wait to see what else you review to give me inspiration for my ‘to read’ list.

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