Series: Delirium #3
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books on March 5, 2013
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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.
“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.”
“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 always invent themselves, too.”
Favorite Character: Lena. She has really matured over the course of the series, and has learned to fight for what she believes in.
“I’ve started dreaming of Portland again.”
My Musings: I have to start by saying that Lauren Oliver is a phenomenal author–The Delirium series is one that I’ve loved since the first novel. Requiem was no different. Oliver created a new world where love was a disease. And there were the resistors. Those who wanted, and fought for, the decision to choose.
The writing and world building of this novel were very interesting. The concept of a loveless world was something that you don’t see very often. The fact that Oliver was able to take that idea and make it her own is very inspiring. The prose itself was fluent. The story flowed very well, while switching back and forth between Lena and Hana’s points of view. I immensely enjoyed Lena’s narration, but it was hard to get into Hana’s. That may be simply because she was living the life of a cured. Regardless, near the end, the dual narration came full circle, excitingly explaining simultaneous events as they happened.
The thing that I enjoyed most about this series was the character development, mainly that of Lena. In Delirium, Lena is a rule follower. A meek girl who doesn’t want to do anything wrong, but falls in love. This is quite possibly the best thing that could have happened to her, in my opinion. the journey that that set her on eventually made her a headstrong girl who wasn’t afraid to fight for what she believed in. The boys, Julian and Alex were your typical book boys thrown into the love triangle that we caught a glimpse of at the end of Pandemonium.
Hana, on the other hand, evolved a lot over the course of this novel alone. As a cured, Hana seems to care a little too much about things that she shouldn’t, and that almost gets her into a lot of trouble with her seemingly perfect pair, Fred Hargrove, the new mayor. Although I didn’t like Hana’s chapters nearly as much as Lena’s, it was interesting to see what the life of a sympathizing cured was like. I also liked seeing what was going on in the city, as Lena was in the Wilds for a majority of the novel. Some interesting things come out about things that Hana has done that were very surprising, but it all helped to further develop her character.
The other characters were amazing as well. Oliver has a gift for making lovable, as well as hate-able, characters. The introduction of Bee was very very interesting to me…and I don’t want to spoil anything so you’ll just have to read the novel to find out about that one! I also loved all the others like Hunter, Bram, Tack, and Raven. They were supportive of Lena; they were truly a family. It was endearing to see a network like that. And our favorite boys. Boy is it hard to pick one of them! Alex, the rough, brave fighter, or Julian, the caring, sweet one? Unlike many love triangles, it was difficult to pick–there was no obvious choice. But for me, I am slightly more Team Julian. Sweet guys just do me in! It was interesting to see the two together and to see how they reacted to one another, all ending in a confrontation that I’m not going to tell you about! Julian’s character really develops in this novel–he adapts to the life in the Wilds. It’s not an easy transition, but his determination to do it to get Lena was really adorable. He really cared about her, and that was obvious over the course of the novel. Alex was a little tougher to read. After spending time in the Crypts and coming back to see my significant other with another person would make me a little bitter as well. But eventually, thankfully, that hard exterior fades. Too bad we didn’t see what happened after it did…Which leads me to the one thing that keeps me from giving this novel a five heart rating:
The ending. I did not like the ending, personally. I felt as if it did not tie up the loose ends at all. What happens to Portland? What happens to Hana? Who does Lena chose? I feel like the ending left too many major questions unresolved. It was disappointing on my end, and I kept thinking that pages were missing out of my book or something. No such luck. I guess I’ll just have to make up my own ending for the novel. which is not fortunate for me. I’ve watched the explanation for why I was ended that way, but come on! I needed to know! I needed closure!
Requiem was a thrilling novel, with the fight of freedom coming to an end. Although I did not agree with how the novel was ended, the novel itself was fantastic. Lauren Oliver created a trilogy of dystopian greatness–a series that you should really give a try.