I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Requiem by Lauren Oliver
on March 5, 2013
Also by this author: Hana, The Spindlers, Replica
Series: Delirium #3
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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.
If you’ve been a long time reader of my blog then you probably know how completely and utterly blown away I was by Delirium. It been a long and very heartbreaking road, but now we’re finally at the end of this trilogy. In Pandemonium, Lauren Oliver took this series in a vastly different direction than I ever would have expected and I ended up being completely okay with that. The ending of book two left me anxious and a little terrified of Requiem, but I’m happy to say that I was very pleased with it. Even if it did go in a different direction than I was expecting as well.
I really wanted to reread the first two books before jumping into Requiem, but my distracted mind and overwhelming reading pile didn’t allow it. I was happy to see that there was hardly any gap between the books and I found it super easy to pick up the thread of the story again. We were all shocked by the end of Pandemonium, right? Well, Lauren Oliver sure keeps you on the edge of your seat regarding that throughout this book. My lips are sealed other than that. I don’t want to spoil anything for you.
My favorite thing about this entire trilogy was watching Lena grow from the rule following girl into this amazing warrior for what is right. Her development throughout the series has been extraordinary. I also love the world building. I’m still in awe of the love is a disease concept. The fact that Lauren Oliver didn’t make this series predictable at all makes it one of my all time favorites.
Requiem was a great ending to this breathtaking trilogy. It might have been my least favorite of the 3, but that doesn’t mean much considering just how much I loved them. I was very pleased with the ending and I think you will be too.
I recommend reading the Hana short story before reading this. It’s not absolutely necessary, but it will give you a lot more insight since Hana is one of the narrators of this book.