Review: Requiem, Lauren Oliver

Attention! If you haven’t read Delirium and Pandemonium yet
and don’t want to know spoilers of the series, don’t read this post!

RequiemNow an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway 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 infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels.

As Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain of the Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena and Hana’s points of view. They live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.


It’s no secret that I got really disappointed with this trilogy after Pandemonium. Requiem was only the cherry on top.

On the last book of the Delirium saga, we follow Lena into the Wilds with the other Invalids and Julian. They’re trying to stay safe, to survive. Now the government is hunting down the Invalids on the Wilds more than never, so nowhere is safe anymore.

We also follow Hana as she is getting ready to marry her pair, Fred Hargrove, the future mayor of Portland. I couldn’t really get why Oliver decided to alternate the chapters between Lena’s and Hana’s points of view, to be completely honest with you. Maybe she wanted to show us how a Cured lives, what Lena gave up for when she decided to run away with Alex. But I’m not 100% sure about this, since Hana seems to have her own doubts if her procedure was a complete success.

Lena is torn between Alex and Julian, and that’s understandable even though I wished she wasn’t. She spent the last entire book thinking that Alex died, and now that she’s developed feelings for Julian, Alex is always around, to remind her of her past. That’s what I feared when I was reading Pandemonium: that Oliver would bring Alex back, and make Lena fall in love with someone else. It looked like love is something… Easy. The whole story is about love being a disease, and the main character seems to love people way too easy. But I guess that’s what happens when you are a teenager and love is forbidden.

I can’t say that I disliked the entire Requiem book. I was very happy to see that Lena’s mom finally makes an appearance, now that Lena knows she’s alive and working for the Resistance. Other than that, though, I didn’t really like the story. It was a quick read for me, which means the author didn’t loose her narrative style that I became a fan of on the first book. But I can’t even begin to tell you about the ending!

I finished reading it, and I swear: I kept turning the pages on my Kindle book, trying to find where the ending was. Because I can’t understand why on Earth an author would end a book like that: in the middle of the climax, without really having an end. If you have any thoughts on that, please share them with me, because I was utterly disappointed!

Delirium #3

Author: Lauren Oliver
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre(s): Dystopian Future
Age group: Young Adult
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: March 5, 2013
Pages: 391
Purchase:Book DepositoryAmazon.com
Rating: 2 books
My favorite quotes on this book are bellow.
And when it started to get dark you pointed to the sky, and told me there was a star for every thing you loved about me.
How can someone have the power to shatter you to dust—and also to make you feel so whole?
This is what amazes me: that people are new every day. That they are never the same. You must always invent them, and they must invent themselves, too.
My former people were not totally wrong. Love is a kind of possession. It's a poison. And if Alex no longer loves me, I can't bear to think that he might love somebody else.
This is the past: it drifts, it gathers. If you are not careful, it will bury you.
But maybe happiness isn't in the choosing. Maybe it's in the fiction, in the pretending: that wherever we have ended up is where we intended to be all along.
Over the past week, I've accepted that I will never love Julian as much as I loved Alex. But now that idea is overwhelming, like a wall between us. I will never love Julian like I love Alex.
This is the strange way of the world, that people who simply want to love are instead forced to become warriors. I's the upside-down nature of life.
But it's not about knowing. It's simply about going forward. The cureds want to know; we have chosen faith instead. (...) We will have to trust too—that the world won't end, that tomorrow will come, and that truth will come, too.

2 Comments

  1. Laila Campos says:

    you know what ladies, i was pretty much let down of the finale of this series. to think Ms. Oliver has a writing style that appeals to me. It felt like such a cop out the way she ended it. Just when the two worlds finally collided at a turning point she just left it hanging there with many possible directions it could take. This series reminded me of those Korean teleseries that tells captivating stories but doesn’t know how to end it just as beautifully. There was no closure for the MCs. And since we the readers are quite invested with the characters we felt there was no closure for us as well. I like the conflicting emotions that Lena have when Alex reappeared. I saw that coming really but the author put that all to waste with that bad open ended conclusion.

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    Maeva

    I feel like she ran out of ideas on how to end the book and decided to stop writing right there. I felt hanging, I need closure!!!

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