“We wanted the freedom to love.
We wanted the freedom to choose.
Now we have to fight for it.”
Saying goodbye to a favorite series is always tough and definitely a little scary. Will I get closure? Will the girl choose the boy that I love? I admit, I was terrified to pick up Requiem and find out the answers to my questions – especially after some of the things I’d been hearing.
I will say this: regardless of the choices the characters made in Requiem and in spite of the author not being able to deliver everything that each fan wanted (how impossible a task), no one can dispute that Lauren Oliver’s writing is beautiful and captivating.
“But maybe happiness isn’t in the choosing.
Maybe it’s in the fiction, in the pretending:
that wherever we have ended up is where we intended to be all along.”
The first book in the series, Delirium, simply cannot be topped for me. I did love Pandemonium, but it was such a departure from that first book. Requiem definitely followed the path of Pandemonium, and I did enjoy it. There were some wonderful moments in the story, even though the romantic aspects were not the focus.
I would have loved to have more of one particular character, but I really loved the split POV with Hana. She’s fascinating, and it was great keeping up with what was going on in the world of the cureds as well as watching everything unfold in the wilds with the invalids.
All in all, Lena’s story left me feeling empowered. Romantic life aside, her courage and her fight make me proud. I’m so happy I can put this book into my teenage daughter’s hands with the message to not be afraid to fight for what you believe in and to ‘take down the walls.’
“That's the thing about faith. It works.”
There was some closure for me, and this last installment didn’t feel like goodbye as much as ‘until we meet again.’ And I can live with that.
“I’ll find you…I won’t let you go again.”