Book Review: Requiem

Requiem CoverBook: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Published March 2013 by HarperCollins Publishers|432 pages

Source: E-book|Nook Store

Series: Delirium #3

Genre: YA Dystopic

Goodreads|Lauren Oliver’s Website

Summary: 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.


Oh, Requiem.  Where to begin?

Here’s the thing.  I liked Requiem.

Requiem was also a disappointment.

I sort of liked the dual narration.  Multiple narrators can be hit or miss, but Requiem falls somewhere in the middle.  I LOVED Hana’s story, and how it was so very different than Lena’s story.  Their lives took very different paths in Delirium, and I did like how their stories came together.  It didn’t completely work for me, because I found Hana’s story so much more compelling, but I get why Oliver went with 2 narrators.

But…disappointment.  After Pandemonium, I was expecting A LOT more tension.  I was expecting more than what actually happened.  I liked seeing both sides, but I was disappointed that MORE didn’t happen.  I felt like there was very little conflict.  You have the Resistance and are expecting something HUGE to happen and for things to be resolved, and all you get is a glimmer of hope.  A seedling that things may be different one day.  I really was expecting so much more resolution.

And while I know that this is the final book in the trilogy, part of me feels like things are purposefully being left open…because of the lack of resolution I was just talking about.

That being said, the last few paragraphs were SO BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN.  They really were.  Like, teary-eyed beautiful.  I mean, Lena talks about how you don’t know what happens when you break down walls, but living in fear is no way to live.  That taking the chance is worth it.

Maybe it’s all about progress.  These things don’t happen overnight, so maybe a glimmer of hope is all we really need.

Actually, at the end, when people are tearing down the wall around Portland- which I assume is Portland, Maine, because I never got the Portland, Oregon vibe from it- I was totally reminded of the Berlin Wall and its destruction.  I have no idea why, but I was.

In all honesty, I know I liked it.  I loved how beautiful the last few paragraphs were and I loved how Hana’s story was an interesting parallel to Lena’s story.  But other than that, I’m not sure why I liked it.  I just know I did.

Final Thoughts:

I think Requiem was a book that I went into with high expectations, which explains why I was disappointed with it.  OVERALL, I did like it, so it gets 3 stars.


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