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The End: A Review of REQUIEM by Lauren Oliver

Posted by on March 4, 2013
Requiem (Delirium, #3) 
Lauren Oliver
400 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: March 5th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher

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.

   DELIRIUM was a let down for me. I read it after the dystopian surge had passed, after reading so many dystopians following the same vein DELIRIUM did, which is why I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

   Then there was PANDEMONIUM, which took the dystopian skeleton of DELIRIUM and wove muscles around the plain bones and layered them with beautiful skin. PANDEMONIUM gave DELIRIUM a personality. Moreover, it gave me a reason to love two-thirds of a trilogy I never thought to love.

   And then PANDEMONIUM ended with a painful cliffhanger. No doubt, I had to read REQUIEM. And from page one to page last, I was engulfed in a game that began slowly, easily, with lungs full of air and the sky full of sunshine and soft breeze.

   And slowly, things heated. Slowly, slowly. The story passed easily between Lena and Hana, Hana and Lena. The passing became a flickering ricochet, the story moved faster. The lungs heaved, begged for air. The sky was full of smoke.

   Everything exploded, worlds collided, hearts broke, bodies fell and words healed. Words, words, words. Beautiful words strung in beautiful sentences, powerful enough to rivet and grasp two eyes in an iron fist.

   And finally, REQUIEM ended.

   It was a vague, beautiful ending. One that leaves a future in the hands of the reader. One that leaves you content and worried and wondering and countless other things at once.

   The DELIRIUM trilogy is over. But it will be one of favorites forever.

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  1. Everyone says Pandemonium is better than Delirum and I get why, but for some reason I liked Delirium a lot more… It was slow paced, yes, but it was beautiful and for me, it was a unique read.

    Lovely review ^^

    Read Into Hiding

  2. Oh dear. This review just makes me even MORE anxious about a series that already threatens to kill me. I think I just need to buy it and read it ASAP, so I can get all the suspense over it!

    (Great review, by the way!)

  3. I'm sad it's ending, that's why I'm not rushing to read Requiem just yet. But at the same times I'm so curious to how it all ends up. Your review is fantastic though and is pushing me in favor of just finishing it already!

  4. I love how your review made me feel the crescendo, from rise to fall! It's nice to read a review from someone who enjoyed Requiem – so far I've only come across angry bloggers who disliked the open ending.

  5. I actually prefered Delirium over Pandy, but I like how you saw the beauty in that vague ending here too. It isn't EVERYTHING i could have hoped for, but when does a book ever fulfill those kinds of expectations?

    I'd love to see so much more of this world (and even some of its secondary characters) and I completely agree with you about how real and well-developed it was!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Brenna from Esther's Ever After

  6. Ahhhh this book… I feel so sad that it has an end. I'm so glad you loved it. I thought it was so unique and I loved the ending.. Lauren let our imagination do the math and stuff and wonder what next.
    This line “Beautiful words strung in beautiful sentences, powerful enough to rivet and grasp two eyes in an iron fist” is just… i'm speechless. It describes the writing perfectly.


  7. I have really enjoyed this series. This is one of the more positive reviews I have seen for it. That gives me hope! I have it on my Kindle and plan on reading it soon. Thanks for the review!
    Brittany S

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