March 22, 2013

Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #3
Source: Borrowed
Release Date: March 5, 2013

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 fiancĂ©e 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.

I found the final novel in the Delirium series to start off quite slow. Lena’s friends are on the move and the rebellion is happening. Even though the novel was slow, it was building and building until the final climax of the ending. New characters are brought it. Some I loved. Some I didn't.

The novel was split between Lena and Hana. Usually I’m not a fan of split points of view as I prefer only the main character's point. I think this might have led to why I didn’t love the final book. As soon as it got mildly interesting it switched POVs and then you had to wait several chapters again before anything happened, which had me skimming some parts.

Most of the time I was screaming in my head WHY AREN’T YOU WITH ALEX??? Why? Why? Why? Just stop going off with Julian! Enough already! Which is why I did not like Coral at the beginning of the novel.

The novel had a very sombre tone to it and Lena annoyed me at times. They are at war and she was more concerned about her love life than fighting for her freedom. I was so happy when Raven basically told her to shut up and deal with it because this is war.

"This—what’s happening now—is the only thing that matters. It’s not a game. It’s not a joke. This is war. It’s bigger than you or me. It’s bigger than all of us combined. We don’t matter anymore."

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