"Requiem" Bids a Quiet Farewell to a Groundbreaking Series

Requiem (Delirium, #3) Title:  Requiem
(Delirium #3)
Author:  Lauren Oliver
Format:  E-galley
Length:  391 pages
Publisher:  Harper Collins Children's Publishing
Rating:  3 stars


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.  -Goodreads



My Thoughts
Well...it seems the end of this wonderful series is upon us; with sadly more fizzle than fire.  Lena, who had made so much progress in growth and self confidence in Pandemonium; seems to have completely reverted to her former dithering in this read.
She is so hopelessly torn by her feelings for both Julian and Alex that she takes no true action in the matter at all. (A la doe in headlights.)  Here is the point where readers throw the book across the room in frustration.
Julian is really likable.  At least the parts of him that we get to see.
Alex on the other hand...a lost cause of the highest order if you ever hope for the sweet sensitive young man from Delirium.  (Oh well...hope springs, right?)
Hana's part in the story serves the same function as a chatty friend in a quiet room.  Her point-of-view, while not essential to the plot did provide some entertainment during lulls in the story.

Not even the ending was enough to warm the tepid temp of this read.
 

Lauren Oliver writes wonderfully of course, there is no question of that.  The problem here is that the story needed to showcase her talents was spent on Pandemonium.  Requiem, it seems suffers from the curse of, "I promised them three books, and I have to deliver."  
Oh well, we'll always have Delirium.

  

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5 comments:

Suz said...

I haven't started this trilogy yet but it's on my TBR list. It's too bad that you didn't think Requiem was as good as the first books - that's disappointing! I'm still going to read the series but I will keep your comments in mind!

beth dean said...

This has kinda worried me about the series I'm not gonna lie but I will still read the first I think. Thanks for the heads up however

http://thehouseofliterarymirrors.blogspot.co.uk/

slehan said...

It's always sad when a book doesn't live up to expectations.

slehan at juno dot com

Brooke DelVecchio said...

I'm with you. I gave it 3 stars. I was sadly disappointed in the ending of this series. I was expecting so much more and it just fizzled out.

Erika said...

I'm so worried about this one after your review and others. I loved the first and second books. Hoping to start reading it tomorrow! Thanks for your thoughts!

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