Thursday, April 11, 2013

Review - Requiem by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #3)

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Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance
Format: Hardcover (391 pages)
Publisher: 3Harper Teen
Publication Date: March 5th 201
Rating: 4/5
Source: Library Loan
Get it at: Chapters | Amazon

Summary from Goodreads:

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.
My Feelings and Whatnot:

Like the two predecessor of Requiem (Delirium and Pandemonium), the writing quality was magical and enchanting. Although the pace of the story did not pick up until the last 50 pages, the quality of writing just kept me reading and reading.

That being said, there are things that are quite disappointing. I was happy that the author brought back Alex again, and from the very beginning I knew that Alex and Lena were meant for each other. However, the interaction between these two seemed to be very lacking. Because of that, I enjoyed the moments that Julian shared with Lena more. In Requiem, the character development that we see the most is Julian. In contrast to Lena, her character development just went a few step back. Here, she appears to be a whiny little kid and leading Julian on. Aside from the main characters, or should I say, love triangle, we get to see Hana and Grace too. I'm happy that Hana redeemed herself but then I can't bring myself to hate her after reading her back story (Hana, Delirium #1.5). I'm so glad that she made appearance. I'm also happy about the reunion about Lena and Gracie. What bothers me is that Oliver has not explained the other people mentioned in the trilogy. What happened to Jenny? What happened to Carol? What happened to Annabel? I think a lot of characters need recognition as well as they played a vital part in the protagonist's life.

The plot of the story is quite well planned. Although the moral of the story is to fight what you believe in, and tear down any wall of insecurity, the ending of the trilogy did not do justice. The ending is just plain opened. Yes, we do see Lena grow up and learn what's right and wrong, but the main event of the story didn't have an end. To me the ending was not wrapped up and I was actually waiting for another chapters.

I would have give this book a 3/5, however, the quality of writing just bump up a score.



  • “You know you can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes, right?”
  • “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.”  
  • “There are some losses we never get over.”


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