Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 432 pages
Release date: March 5, 2013
Series: Delirium #3
Source: Net Galley
Reviewed by: Tynga
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. 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.
Lena is now back in the Wilds and stuck in the middle of a love triangle. Alex being back changes everything. She still loves him, of course, but now that Julian is around, it’s complicated. How could she just dump him when she pulled him away of the only life he has ever known? Romance isn’t all though, because regulators are now hunting them in the Wilds and survival is top priority. Will Lena get to choose which boy she wants to be with, or will Fate choose for her?
When reading Requiem I had the same feeling I had when reading Pandemonium. I wasn’t sure I really liked it because it didn’t go the way I wanted to, once again. Alex coming back at the end of Pandemonium got me all excited and his reunion with Lena didn’t quite meet my expectations. I guess it was Oliver’s plan all along to upset us, and she succeeded in my case.
Alex, as well as Julian, felt like shadows in the background. Lena is really upfront, leaving secondary characters with very little importance, even though there were many of them. In all honesty, there was barely any romance to speak of, despite the love triangle, and it disappointed me. It did allow Lena to grow though, which was a pretty good thing, and the return of her mom was an awesome treat.
While Lena is trying hard to survive in the Wilds. Hana, who’s point of view alternates with Lena’s in this novel, is now cured and preparing to marry Fred, the new Mayor. I have to say I almost enjoyed Hana’s POV more than I did Lena’s. I loved seeing the cure’s effects from the inside and her doubts and remorse felt true. Hana discovers a darker side to Fred than the public gets to see and I truly enjoyed her quest to discover more, the suspense killing me.
Surprisingly action-packed, Requiem kept me entertained the whole time despite the aspects I didn’t like. Both Lena and Hana will fight battles of their own, keeping me on the edge of my seat. Of course, Lauren Oliver’s writing did wonders to keep me glued to my kindle!
Requiem is the third and final book in this series and I have to say the end isn’t satisfying. No side really win, we don’t really know what happens to any of the characters. It seems there could easily be another book afterward because so many ends are loose. I wished Oliver wrapped things up better, but maybe you’ll disagree when you get to read it.
The Delirium series has such an original concept revolving around the fact that Love is a disease to be eradicated. I strongly recommend this dystopian series for its great characters, fantastic world-building and mind-blowing writing. This series will please teens and adult alike!