Saturday, June 15, 2013

Book Review: Requiem

Saturday, June 15, 2013
Title:  Requiem (Delirium #3)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre/s: Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction, Romance


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:

In this highly anticipated novel of 2013, Lena will take you again into the Wilds among with some of our favorite members of the Resistance in their last fight for freedom and for their rights to live in a world where love exists. This is the emotional finale that will conclude the Delirium Trilogy.

With alternating POV, Lena and Hana will show you what is currently happening in their life. After rescuing Julian in Pandemonium, Lena, among with the other members of the Resistance, set on a journey away from New York City. Things are getting dangerous, they’re not safe in the Wilds anymore especially now that the Cured are now sending army troops to hunt and kill them. But you know what they say when people’s lives are being threatened, they will learn how to fight and that’s what they did.

Meanwhile, Hana is planning her wedding with Fred Hargrover, the Mayor’s son and soon-to-be Mayor of Portland. But something happened that made her question if the cure had work on her and if she was really making the right decision to marry Fred. So she conducted her own investigation and that’s how she found out about the anomaly regarding Fred’s first wife, the Incident in the Crypts, the death of the Mayor and the true nature of Fred Hargrover. Will she still have enough time to cancel the wedding or will she suffer the consequences of being inquisitive for life?

Lena and Hana’s alternating POV showed the big difference between the two character’s lives. I love the friendship they used to have in Delirium and it was bittersweet for me to see how they missed each other. All the things that I felt about Hana’s betrayal suddenly went away. She easily won my sympathy whenever she thinks about her memories with Lena, the way she struggle to remember it and the feelings that correspond to each memory. The cure really messed her up but I’m glad that it didn’t wreck her entirely. I’m super happy that the rebellious girl that I admired in Delirium wasn’t gone and was just waiting for the right time to break free.

On the first few parts of Lena’s story, I felt disconnected to her because she was a bit confused and distracted with all the Julian and Alex stuff. I mean, I understand how she felt, when your past and your present collides, confusion and uncertainty is inevitable but she needed to pull herself together in order for her to fight and I’ll always prefer the strong Lena over the emotional Lena in this story.

There are a lot of death here, a lot of reunion, betrayals and secrets that are finally revealed. The end of this book was not what I expected and it might not be the closure that I needed but the last few paragraphs was so brilliant that I’m still pondering about it until now. If Lauren Oliver’s purpose for that is to make me think then she did an awesome job with it.

Overall, Requiem is an awesome read to everyone who acquired the amor deliria nervosa and are not afraid to show it. And to everyone who haven’t read this book yet, “take down the walls” of doubt and read this series now.

My Rating 

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