Series: Delirium #3
Published by: HarperTeen on March 5, 2013
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
I had a couple ups and downs with Requiem, but at the end of the day, I enjoyed it. It is an intense conclusion to the series, with a lot at stake, and a lot to fight for. The Resistance really dominates this book—struggling to stay alive and finding new places to strike.
I really didn’t like Lena for the first half of Requiem. I honestly couldn’t help but think that she didn’t deserve Alex’s forgiveness. I didn’t like how she expected things to suddenly be okay between her and Alex. I didn’t like how she thought she could run back into his arms. I didn’t like how she used Julian as a rebound when Alex rejected her. Anytime Alex spoke to another girl or ignored her, she’d go running into Julian’s arms, as if she was trying to make Alex jealous.
“I thought you were dead,” I say. “It almost killed me.”
“Did it?” His voice is neutral. “You made a pretty fast recovery.”
“No. You don’t understand.” My throat is right; I feel as though I’m being strangled. “I couldn’t keep hoping, and then waking up every day and finding out it wasn’t true, and you were still gone. I—I wasn’t strong enough.”
Finally he says, “When they took me to the crypts, I thought they were going to kill me. They didn’t even bother. They just left me to die. They threw me in a cell and locked the door.”
“There were days when I asked for [death]—prayed for it when I went to sleep. The belief that I would see you again, that I could find you—the hope for it—was the only thing that kept me going.” He releases me and takes another step backward. “So no. I don’t understand.” Requiem by Lauren Oliver
To be fair, Lena did get better towards the end, but she was never my favourite character. She just lost my favour in Pandemonium and never quite earned it back.
Hana is the character that really shone for me in Requiem. I think I’m attracted to the girl who’s being shut down and struggling to be set free. That’s why I liked Lena in Delirium, and why I liked Hana in Requiem. I like sitting there rooting for the character to rebel and break free.
Mama, Mama, put me to bed
I won’t make it home, I’m already half-dead
I met an Invalid, and fell for his art
He showed me his smile, and went straight for my heart Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Hana is being pushed into horrible marriage. On the surface, Fred seemed to be the perfect husband: handsome, wealthy, and sweet, but Hana soon realizes that he’s really the Bluebeard tale at work. A mysterious ex-wife who has gone missing from society, Fred’s sudden threatening behaviour, and streaks of violence. Hana begins to fear for her future and doubts that her cure really worked as intended. She reveals mistakes she’s made in the past, and the reason for guilt haunting her every day. I loved Hana’s dark secrets, I loved seeing her perfect world come crashing down, and I loved watching her redeem herself at the end!
My biggest disappointment with Requiem was that the ending was way too open ended and not as satisfying as I was hoping for. For me, this series has always been about love. It started out with Lena falling in love for the first time—with Alex. But it ended up being all about the Resistance and taking down society. The Lena-Alex-Julian love triangle does kind of get resolved, but it sort of gets wrapped up in one page. I was hoping that the romance would dominate more of the book, instead of it all being about Resistance Resistance Resistance. At the end of Pandemonium we get this huge intense cliffhanger, but then in Requiem the romance drops off completely. There were no swoony moments at all in the story, and that’s really what I was craving. I thought that with the end of Pandemonium the way it was, Requiem would be SUPER intense in the romance department—but it wasn’t. And the decision of which guy she would choose played such a minor role in the book.
With the cure, relationships are all the same, and rules and expectations are defined. Without the cure, relationships must be reinvented every day, languages constantly decoded and deciphered. Freedom is exhausting. Requiem by Lauren Oliver
It was a bit of a bummer, and the ending really did leave me wondering, “What happens now?” It just kind of drops off. I would have enjoyed some sort of epilogue at least, to help wrap things up better and answer a few more questions.
But overall, Requiem was an enjoyable read. It didn’t quite have the same magic and excitement and swoony romance that Delirium did, but I enjoyed it more than Pandemonium. I loved the strength of the Resistance, Fred’s complete and utter creepiness (loved to hate it), Hana’s slow progress towards fighting the cure, and Lena’s growing relationship with her mother. The book is filled with bravery, fighting, loss, and love. And Requiem is written just as beautifully as Lauren Oliver’s other books. Lauren certainly has a way with words! There were many highlight-able passages, all of them loaded with meaning and intensity. I think most Lauren Oliver fans will really enjoy Requiem, even if the ending does leave a bit to be desired.
Note: This is one review of mine that I have read over and over again, and have tried to edit over and over to better convey my feelings (and failed). I’m even still battling over the rating. I feel like I should give it only 3 stars, but I gave Pandemonium 3 stars and I did like this one a bit more. But a 3.5 star rating almost seems too high considering how mad I am about the love triangle.
Even though I enjoyed this book, I can’t even convey how disappointed I am about the romance and the love triangle. I thought it was a huge deal but it barely gets resolved in Requiem. I just felt like I needed to say that again so you guys could understand how sad I am LOL.
I just feel like in order to fully enjoy this book, you have to put the love triangle aside and be really into the resistance and the politics.