Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia
Publisher: Books on Tape
Read By: Sarah Drew
Length: 10 hours and 9 minutes
Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway 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 infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels.
As Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain of the Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena and Hana’s points of view. They live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.
I had meh feelings about Delirium, slightly better feelings about Pandemonium, and then better feelings still about Requiem. I was pumped when I realized that we were going to get alternating chapters from Hanna’s point of view. In Delirium, Hanna was one of my favorite characters and I craved to know more about her and hear things from her perspective. I was slightly tentative because Hanna in this book was post-procedure, but I was excited to get an inside view on the bad guys, which we haven’t gotten too much of. Yes, we did get a little bit of this view with Julian in Pandemonium and Lena’s aunt and other citizens in books one and two of the series, but Hanna was all up in the bad guy scene. Some of the things that were revealed through Hanna…. HOLY HANNA!
(See what I did there? Shout out to all my PLL fans!)
As the conclusion to the overall Delirium series, I was totally in love with this book. It was like, four or five star material. I was so wrapped up in everything! There was great action, there was amazing drama, things were wrapping up soooo nicely and ties were being knotted between all of the books, questions were being answered and things were making complete sense, and then BOOM, the ending came and I was like:
Conclusions are for CLOSURE, Lauren Oliver, so what in the actual eff was that ending? I have so many questions! So many things I still need to know and understand! I feel robbed. Completely and totally robbed. I’m sitting here typing, and I’m shaking my head in utter disbelief. A book can’t end like this. It’s illegal, isn’t it? GIVE ME MORE, OLIVER! COME ON!
There was one minorly cool thing that happened at the end, and that is when Lena appeals to the actual readers of the book directly instead of just telling a story. It was a total switch in delivery and it was a good message to deliver to the readers, but I was excited for about .5 seconds and then went back to being angry again and knowing nothing again.
As an overall series, Delirium was a fun one to read. Despite my issues with the world and character building, it did get better as the series went on, and I started to feel invested in the characters and their lives (hence my pissed off attitude at the end). I’m just going to hold out for a 4th book on this… so I can actually KNOW THINGS.
That ending though? Please tell me your thoughts.