Review: Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver

March 4, 2013 Review 3

Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #3
Published by HarperTeen on March 5, 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Source: Edelweiss
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Abigail
4 Stars

This exciting finale to Lauren Oliver's New York Times bestselling Delirium trilogy is a riveting blend of nonstop action and forbidden romance in a dystopian United States.

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.

With lyrical writing, Lauren Oliver seamlessly interweaves the peril that Lena faces with the inner tumult she experiences after the reappearance of her first love, Alex, the boy she thought was dead. Sophisticated and wide-ranging, Requiem brings the Delirium trilogy to a thrilling conclusion.

Bonus: Read an exclusive short story about Alex, Lena's first love—only in the first hardcover printing.

REQUIEM is told in alternating chapters from both Lena and Hana's point of view.  What ended up surprising me the most about REQUIEM was that even though the Delirium Trilogy has been Lena's story, in this final book, it was Hana's chapter's that I couldn't get enough of.  Lena's story continues in the Wilds and focuses on the Rebellion as well as reconciling her feelings for Julian and Alex.  Hana's story, for me at least, was the more gripping of the two girls as it follows her, now Cured, preparing to marry the newly elected Mayor.

Hana's story feels very much like the first Delirium book.  It's sort of like what Lena's life might have been like if she had been Cured and gone along with the life that was planned out for her, despite mounting misgivings.  Hana has been Cured and paired amazingly well.  Except, her Cure didn't work completely.  She's plagued by feelings of guilt and uneasiness.  Worse her husband to be is starting to drop the smiling facade he wears on TV and hint about Hana's fate being similar to his mysterious first wife if she steps out of line.  Hana begins seeking answers about the first wife and discovers horrific truths not just about her own future, but the plans to eradicate the Invalids and any who are sympathetic to their cause.
The Delirium Trilogy has taken it's frighteningly intriguing world where love has been declared a curable disease and followed it's protagonist from a girl terrified of becoming infected by love before she's old enough to be cured--like her mother, through her struggle and ultimate embrace of feelings she'd always considered an illness, to her slow ascension within the ranks of the Rebellion even to the front lines of the final battle.  Not all the characters we've come to care about survive, and fewer still emerge unscathed, but Lauren Oliver concludes her lovely and lyrically written trilogy with both promises and hope without eliminating all the uncertainty that realistically remains.  I for one will anxiously look forward to seeing how this world and these characters translate to the small screen in Fox's TV adaptation starring Emma Roberts as Lena and Jeanine Mason as Hana.
Series Titles:
  1. Delirium - 5/5
  2. Pandemonium - 4/5
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3 Responses to “Review: Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver”

  1. LisaILJ

    I feel like such a cow, I actually ripped this book apart in my review. Now that mine is written, I like seeing other people’s reaction to it. I think I may be in the minority.

    LisaILJ @ I’ll Tumble for YA

    • Kt.

      Oh no, you aren’t in the minority. I absolutely hated that ending. Nothing makes me more furious than an ending that isn’t one. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect things to be all pretty and perfect, but at least settle some of it. No questions were answered in this one, and honestly it really ruined the series for me. I just felt like this last book was such a huge divergence from the rest of the series and it left me baffled. I rated Requiem a 3, but that was more based on the series than my actual enjoyment of this final book.