Thursday, March 21, 2013

Review: Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver



Title: Requiem (Delirium #3)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: March 5, 2013
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My Rating: ★  ★ 1/2

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.

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“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.”



chelesiggy

13 comments:

  1. Okay I need to find the courage to read this one... I worry cause I just dont do well when books dont have closure and wrap up completely. But I need to know.

    Her writing really is beautiful no matter what the story is about. But alas, I really wish she left it at Delirium... because even though the end was heartbreaking, it was amazing. *sigh*

    lovely review!

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  2. my heart leapt into my throat when I saw this review posted! and I couldn’t agree more! You did a beautiful job paying homage to Ms. Oliver’s creative writing style, and I completely agree that book 1 will forever stand on it’s own. Not better, just different. The quotes you pulled were exactly the ones I stopped to reflect on when reading--I love how it almost feels like a philosophical reading in places! This series is at the top of "my favorites” list, and I have you to thank for introducing me to it! xoxo now fingers-crossed for the show to do it at least a little justice! :)

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  3. Gotta love a book that delivers empowerment, right? I stopped the series at Delirium (not sure why, I guess that I just started reading other stuff), but I've heard such great things about this series, so I might continue. Lena sound really fascinating. (: I love the quotes that you put in your reviews!! <3

    Loves,
    Megan@The Book Babe

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  4. I am guessing the ending didn't bother you as much? I am reading some reviews where people are complaining about an open ending to the series. I still have not picked up this series even though it is my TBR. I was avoiding the cliffhangers, you know what a fan I am of those...not. I intend to jump in and read this, you know what a sucker I am for gorgeous writing.

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  5. Her writing IS beautiful. That, I agree with! I loved Hana's POV here, too, and a lot more than I thought I would. The ending wasn't quite enough for me, though. I needed more certainty, I guess.

    Lovely review, Michele!

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  6. I agree, I love Lauren's writing, and like you, I preferred Delirium over Pandemonium. I'm hesitant to read my copy of this because I've heard so much angst about the ending, but I'm beginning to think this is just a much more mature book than the kind expected of a reader who's mostly looking for a definitive Team Julian/Team Alex resolution. I'm thrilled to hear the book left you feeling empowered! For the first time I have a really good feeling that I'm going to be ok with the series end. I should just read it already! :-)

    Beautiful review!

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  7. YES...I really liked it too, and have felt very alone in my opinion..wonderful review!!!

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  8. Yeah... STILL need to read the 1st book. I'll probably be saying that next year too. -sigh- Well, at least I know you enjoyed the series.

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  9. I have not started this series yet. Reading your review makes me want to dig in! Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

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  10. It is so hard to part with a series, and I have been afraid to pick this one up.
    Glad you enjoyed and I need to get over myself and just read it.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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  11. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed Requiem. I saw so many negative reviews of it but I liked the way she chose to end the series. I agree Delirium was the best book of the three but I liked the way Lena developed as a character and Lauren Oliver has such beautiful writing.

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  12. Great review. I am so glad you enjoyed this. I've been seeing so many mixed reviews about it. I have only read Deuterium so far, but I'm looking forward to getting the time to finish the series

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  13. wonderful, beautifully written review as always. I loved reading this book with you. You also know how I feel about all of the things I can't divulge on here because I don't want to give spoilers. Perfect quote choices! I'm so sad to say goodbye to this series also and wouldn't be mad if she changed her mind and wrote more in this world ;) Great job! I'm interested to see what Lauren does next!

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