Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Review

Requiem (Delirium, #3)Title: Requiem (Delirium #3)

Author: Lauren Oliver

Format: Hardback (HarperCollins Children’s Books | Borrowed)

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Summary (Goodreads):

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.

My Thoughts:

Why did I pick this book:

I read the first and second book one after the other last year and really enjoyed the series. As I did not want to leave the gap between Pandemonium and Requiem too long, I decided to pick up the third soon and finish it. And I’m so glad I did it.\

The Plot:

Like the second book — Pandemonium, Requiem is written in alternating POVs and its between Lena and Hana. Requiem starts off with Lena reuniting with Raven and the rest and Julian is their new add on. He was not really welcomed has his father was part of the DFA (Deliria Free America). It was also partly he is a burden to the group as he do not know how to fight. On their way to Waterbury, they met Coral who was attacked by presumably Savages.  Another older woman came with her but died shortly after. Along the way Lena and her friends met countless obstacles as Regulators are now in the Wilds, and they go around hunting them down. However, as they weren’t really trained Lena and friends manage to escape. As for Hana she is to be wedded to Fred Hargrove who is now Mayor but she soon discover what he really was and does not want to end up like Fred’s ex-wife Cassandra. There weren’t much planning on the Uprising as Invalids were scattered everywhere and I guess it was not Lauren Oliver’s main point. The attack was kind of impromptu for Lena and her friends. I guess its more on character development and uncovering secrets that were kept as there were quite a number of unexpected plot twists. At the end of the book ,we were left with a cliffhanger conclusion. I think its very unique to put such a conclusion at the end of a series.

 

The Characters:

I thought there was going to be a major fight between Alex and Julian over Lena as they both like her but turns out it did not happen. I guess Alex did not want to make things worst for the group as they are on a run and they do not need casualties or wasting time engaging in immature fights. I hated it when Alex gave Lena cold shoulders. As for Lena, she has grown so much since she stepped into the wilds and she met her mother coincidentally. And I also felt Lena’s hurt when her mom did not publicly recognize her daughter. I would feel betrayed to0 as all this while Lena thought she was dead, then she found out her mom is in prison and escaped. Hana also grew when she was Fred’s wife to be and she felt remorse for telling on Lena and Alex, she went to visit Grace and gave her household supplies. I guess since Hana has the procedure done, I kind of don’t really like her as much as before.

 

The writing:

I love Lauren Oliver’s writing as its so beautiful. The way she portrays her ideas is unique and I really love this phrase from the book.

One of the many beautiful quotes

 

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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