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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Book Review: Requiem

Note: This is the final book in the Delirium trilogy and if you have not read the first to books don't read this review. While this review will not spoil anything from this book I will bring up things that have happened in previous books. You have been warned.

Requiem (Delirium, #3)By: Lauren Oliver
Pages: 391
Published: 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 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.

Rating: 5

Review: It's the end. I have been whole-heartedly dedicated to this series for the past two and a half years. I pre-ordered Pandemonium and Requiem. I died at the end of the books because of cliffhangers and I waited out the long year between each book. When a series that you are this attached to ends you lose a bit of yourself because you have to say goodbye to the characters. I don't want to say goodbye to these characters.

Requiem is told from two point of views Lena's and Hana's. Lena is still in the wild. Alex is back. Julian is there. Then you have Hana who we haven't seen since book one. She's cured and she is preparing for her wedding, where she will marry the Fred Hargrove who became the mayor after his father died. Even though Hana is cured she still doesn't agree with everything. She's still curious and she still cares about some things. In there world she would probably be considered a sympathizer. 

The resistance is growing and becoming stronger. Lots of people die and it is horrible. Everyone has hope for a better world, even if it is the wrong world they can choose it. 

This book as is beautifully written as Delirium and Pandemonium. It is a amazing final book for a wonderful series. In the end the resistance is still fighting and the government has not yet changed. Lena chooses between Alex and Julian. Things look like they will be ok but it isn't a happily every after ending. I realize that is totally unrealistic but I want to know all the characters are happy and safe and that the government will change and that things will be ok. I'm probably just saying this because I don't want the series to end. Well now it is time to say goodbye to the characters.

This book is incredible and it really is a great end to this series. 

“And you can't love, not fully, unless you are loved in return.” 

“How can someone have the power to shatter you to dust--and also to make you feel so whole?” 

“This is the strange way of the world, that people who simply want to love are instead forced to become warriors.” 

“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.” 

“This is what amazes me: that people are new every day. That they are never the same. You must always invent them, and they must always invent themselves, too.” 

“We wanted the freedom to love. We wanted the freedom to choose. Now we have to fight for it.” 

“You know you can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes, right?”


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