Monday, February 25, 2013

Requiem by Lauren Oliver [Review]

Requiem (Delirium, #3)4.5 out of 5 Robots!

Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #3
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Release: March 5, 2013
Hardcover: 400 Pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
My Copy: Edelweiss
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)
Shannon's Thoughts:
First - a caveat.  On the whole this is a great series.  I really enjoyed Lena's journey from naive, scared, and safe to strong, independent and on the run.  I even enjoyed the love triangle.  I love the world Oliver has created.  This is definitely one of the best YA dystopian series out there.  But...(and believe me, it pains me to say this) I was left a little unsatisfied.  Sigh, I know.  I know!

*SPOILERS ahead if you haven't read Pandemonium:

Ok, so here's the thing.  Pandemonium left off with a huge cliffhanger.  Just when Lena escapes back to the wild with Julian and declaring their feelings for each other, Alex comes back into the picture.  Now Lena is stuck between a rock and a hard place.  And this is where it starts to get frustrating.  Alex won't talk to Lena.  Julian gave up everything for Lena.  And Lena can't figure out what she wants.  I found her a little hard to take in this book.  She is little bitter and indecisive.  She dinks Julian around a bit and I felt sorry for the guy.  Alex was not the sweet, loving guy he was in Delirium.  I missed the old Alex.  And the ending.  We need to talk about the ending.  Or lack of one, I guess.  Very little is resolved and it is left extremely open ended.  I wish there was a little more closure or some insight into what happens next.  I almost felt as if there could be another book after this one.  It just kind of...ends.

Also, I want to mention the split narrative.  On one hand, I liked reading Hana's perspective.  It gave some insight into what was happening outside of the Wilds.  But I also felt its inclusion sacrificed some of Lena's story.  I think I would have preferred to stay with Lena and give her side of the story more meat.

I know it may sound like I am bashing Requiem.  I'm not, I promise.  There were just some things that left me a little frustrated.  But on the whole, this is a great series and should be read!   

Books in the series in the order they should be read:
1. Delirium [My Review]
2. Pandemonium [My Review]
3. Requiem

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