[Dystopian Review] Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Posted on 02/11/2013 in Book Review / 3 Comments

[Dystopian Review] Requiem by Lauren OliverRequiem by Lauren Oliver
Published by Harper, Harper Teen on 3/5/2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Source: Edelweiss
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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.

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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.

   

Review


As a much-anticipated conclusion to the Delirium series, Requiem was fast-paced and delivered tons of action.  I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough!  But it’s not without its faults, and it left me with questions.  Like, is there going to be a book four?  (I know there isn’t, but….well, I’ll get to that point in a minute).

Lena has morphed into some kind of fighter!  She is totally bad-ass and she sort of knows it.   The girl who jogged through Portland with Hana and looked forward to the day she was cured is gone. Left in her place is a warrior, willing to do battle for the deliria.  For love.

But I still didn’t feel like I knew her all that well.  I knew who she was in Delirium; I knew who she wanted to be in Pandemonium.  But in Requiem, I – just didn’t.

There were a lot of loose ends that never get tied in Requiem as well.  For instance, what happens to Hana?  She plays a significant part in the story, being that she is one of the narrators, but then she is just – gone.  Who knows where she went?  I didn’t.   Another key character from Pandemonium is just up and gone as well, but I didn’t really understand what happened there.  Sorry, I can’t name names without giving away a spoiler.

Alex is also there, but not Alex any longer, and we don’t get much of him in the story.  He gets page-time, but it’s not significant and the Lena-Alex story almost doesn’t exist at all.  It’s there, but it’s very much just a side-story to the rebellion.

Love triangle?  What love triangle?  The love triangle I thought I was going to get at the end of Pandemonium never truly comes to fruition.  And this is a story where the love triangle truly works in its favor.  Color me disappointed.

Speaking of the rebellion!  Lots of action there, so if you love action scenes and people blowing up, pfffff, well, THEN THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU, MY FRIEND.  Every other page has something happening on it and somebody’s life is in peril.  Sweet!  That makes me sound sadistic, pinky-swear I’m not.

I would really have liked some follow-up to the story and not have it end where it does.  As it stood, where it does end kind of took me by surprise.  I tried flipping to the next page, because SURELY that couldn’t be the end, could it?  It just drops off.  But yes, Jennifer, that’s the end and take from it what you can.  So, uhhhh.  Okay.  I guess I just want to know what happens to the characters – after.

Lauren Oliver’s writing is of course stupendous and beautiful and all those sorts of things a great author is good at.  I enjoyed reading it for that fact alone, but honestly, the story was good, too.  I was just expecting a bigger ending from the build-up of Pandemonium and in reality, it sort of deflated like a leftover balloon from a party two weeks ago.

Should you read it?  Absolutely.   It was still exciting and I would recommend it to everyone, and especially fans of the series.

   

Quote

When I was uncured, even though people always told me I was pretty, I never felt it.  But after the cure, a wall came down inside me.  Now I see that yes, I am quite simply and inarguably beautiful.

 


Disclaimers: This advanced copy was provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review. Quote may change with final copy.  Blurb and photo source courtesy of Goodreads.  *If you decide to purchase this book through any of these links, we do receive a small monetary kick-back that helps fund this blog.

 

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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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3 responses to “[Dystopian Review] Requiem by Lauren Oliver

  1. Your review is fabulous Jennifer! I felt very similarly about this book. When I first read Delirium, I thought the series was all about love. But in Requiem, it’s like… it wasn’t about love at all. It was all rebellion, rebellion, rebellion. That’s fine, and those parts were interesting, but the love triangle previously played such a HUGE role in the series and suddenly it was barely addressed at all in this book. That definitely made the ending not-so-satisfying!

    • Yes, exactly! I really liked where she was going with the love triangle….I mean, Lena thought Alex was DEAD. She had moved on. Talk about tugging on some heart strings, but all of it gets left behind in favor of the rebellion. \n\nI really loved Pandemonium…. Requiem wasn’t the book I was expecting.

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