Mar 21, 2013

Requiem by Lauren Oliver Review

Requiem by Lauren Oliver
(Delirium, #3)
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins; 391 pages

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 fiancĂ©e 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.

Warning!  This review will contain spoilers for Delirium, Hana, and Pandemonium.  Please proceed with caution if you have not read the listed books.

It's actually been awhile since I've read the last book in a series.  In fact, I've consciously put off reading 2 books that I own because they are the last books in their respective series.  It's always hard to say goodbye to a series that you love, but unfortunately all good things much come to an end.

Requiem is the third and final book in the Delirium trilogy.  This series captured my heart from the very beginning with the first book.  I guess it's kind of ironic that a book with a premise about a world where love is illegal caused me to fall desperately in love with it.  I was impatiently waiting for Requiem to come out, and fortunately for me it lived up to my expectations.

Pandemonium had chapters from different points in time, there were the "now" chapters, and the "then" chapters.  Requiem also has alternate chapters, but they are alternate point of views.  As a reader, we not only get Lena's point of view, but we get Hana's point of view as well.  I admit that I when I read Delirium, I wasn't the biggest fan of Hana.  And when I read the novella, "Hana" I was angered to learn that she was the one who exposed Lena and Alex.  

In Requiem, Hana has had the procedure for the cure.  She was paired with Fred Hargrove who is soon to be the new Mayor, and they are to be wed in just a few short weeks.  From Hana's first chapter you can just feel her guilt.  In the beginning, I was very happy to see her struggle.  There were times where I found myself saying, "Ha!  You got what you deserved."  But as I kept reading, I began to really understand Hana.  I still don't like her, but I did feel for situation.  Hana is definitely your prime example of the popular saying, "The grass isn't always greener on the other side."  Lena always saw her as this wealthy, pretty girl who pretty much had it made for her, and that definitely was not the case.

It's been amazing to see the growth in Lena in each of these books.  She's definitely a role model to teens.  And in this book you really got to see her emotions.  She definitely has a lot on her plate.  In the previous book she finds out that not only is her mother alive, but she's a top member in the Resistance.  Plus at the end of the last book, she finds out that her first love Alex is also alive.  Just imagine the pain of losing someone, grieving them, and them having them thrust back into your life.  I truly believe that towards the end of Pandemonium, Lena was ready to say goodbye to Alex and be with Julian.  But now she is dealing with having both of them in her life at the same time.  That's definitely a tough situation having to choose between your first love, and your current love.

This basis of the story is still the Resistance.  The people who are fighting for love, and those who believe in the cure.  Because the book is from both Hana and Lena's point of view, you get to see both sides.   I absolutely loved that.  And it wasn't confusing at all, and I actually did feel like I was reading the same story just from different points of views.  And while reading, you do wonder if Lena and Hana will cross paths again.

Before I read Requiem, I read a few reviews from bloggers who had received ARCs, and a lot of them complained about the ending.  I personally really liked the ending.  I feel that there are just so many things that are in this series, and there is no possible way you can just wrap it up and throw a bow on it in an epilogue.  This is a series about the minority going against the majority.  The characters are fighting for love.  There is no emotion more powerful than love.  Some may argue that hatred is stronger than love, but most hatred stems from love.  These characters aren't going to take this laying down.  I think the series ended with hope, and it sort of gives the reader the option to pick their own ending.

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