Book: Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #3
Date Published: March 5th, 2013
Start Date: December 1st, 2013
Finish Date: December 2nd, 2013
Other Books Reviewed: Pandemonium, Panic, Vanishing Girls
Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway 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 infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels.
As Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain of the Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena and Hana’s points of view. They live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.
***If you haven’t read Delirium or Pandemonium, I urge to you to stop here and read them first. There are spoilers contained in this review and will ruin the books for you. You have been warned!
So this is the ending to the Delirium series. I’m not exactly sure how I feel about it. When that happens, it usually means it was a good book for me. I think the ending to this series is one of those you either hate it or love it books. Oddly enough, I’m both.
In the conclusion to the Delirium series, we are given the perspectives of Hana and Lena. Lena, in the first book, has fallen in love with a boy named Alex. Love has been eradicated and is cured by a procedure that has become mandatory for everyone once they become of age. Lena and Alex are discovered and make a move to the wilds, where the invalids live in a government free zone. In Pandemonium, Lena has to deal with the death of Alex and continues to fight for the resistance. She meets Julian when they are both kidnapped after an attack at a DFA (Deliria Free Ameria) meeting. After spending time together, they fall for each other. However, at the end, we discover that Alex has returned. In Requiem, we see the final stance of the invalids and the resistance. Lena has to deal with her heart being torn between Alex and Julian. Hana has to deal with her upcoming marriage to the new mayor of their hometown, who is not as innocent as he may seem. Lena and Hana’s paths will once again cross in their hometown with this final showdown.
So, Im going to try and attempt this review without giving a lot of details from the other two books, but its going to be very hard for me to explain. Its just one of those things where you have to read it yourself to truly understand.
I liked Requiem much better than Pandemonium. I didn’t like Julian because I shipped Alex and Lena. Its hard when you grow with two characters in the first book, and then they are tragically ripped apart. Its hard not to feel animosity against someone whose trying to replace a beloved character. I was especially happy that Julian wasn’t as involved in this book. But I was even more discouraged with Alex dating another girl. I know, gasp, right? This part angered me a lot. Not because I was hoping he and Lena would get back together, but he never explained why he was trying a new relationship. Alex had his reasons for wanting Lena to be with Julian, and I think I can assume why he started a new relationship, but its just nice to have the reasoning laid out on the pages for me.
Hana and Lena’s reunion was a little bit of a let down for me as well. I always thought they were inseparable, and Hana always felt remorse for what happened to Lena. I mean she complained about it the entirety of the book, so I was expecting Hana to join Lena in the resistance, not go trotting down the street in a wedding dress. It just seemed ridiculous to me. Hana had gone through so much with her soon to be husband.
This leads me to my next point, this book had an unfavorable ending. I actually wouldn’t call it an ending. There was so much that was left unanswered. I have so many questions, and none of them were answered. I felt as though there was no closure to the book. In the previous books, Oliver delved into the lives of so many of the characters with a lot of detail. It just felt unfair that we were left with no details about what happened to them, the government, Hana, Lena’s love triangle, Raven, Tack, all of them. But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t left without the point of the ending. The characters were able to make their stand and prove their point that they cannot be told what to do, who to love, and that they should be able to make their own choices, even if it is the wrong one.
I love this series. Its one of my favorites. I just wished that the ending didn’t leave me feeling like a bad break up where your loved one just picks up, leaves without word, and never returns. After I finish a series I loved, I always go through a bad break up. I have to mourn. This series is no exception.
I cannot convince you to read this series because I cannot explain it properly. Oliver has a beautiful way of writing that can tug on your emotions and take you to a new world. I look forward to her new book Panic that’s due out next year. I will also put up a review of The Delirium Stories, three side stories of three female characters close to Lena, as soon as I finish the last one, which should be soon.