Friday, March 22, 2013

Review: Requiem

Title: Requiem
Author: Lauren Oliver
Pages: 432
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: 4 Cows


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 fiancee 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.

My Thoughts:

After I finished Requiem, I took a whole day to decide what rating I would give it. Requiem is simply one of those books that are near impossible to rate (or at least this was the case for me).  I really liked Delirium, loved Pandemonium, and then there was Requiem.

I was so excited to finally read Requiem and finally find out what happened to all of the characters I have come to know and love. There was so much at stake in this book and the ending of Pandemonium had raised those stakes even higher. I had very high hopes for this book but I had seen mixed reviews so I was nervous, hopeful, but nervous.

I would have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed about 95% of Requiem. It was fast paced. Things get moving right out of the gate. I loved that Lauren Oliver chose to alternate chapters between Hana and Lena. It was similar to the Then and Now chapters she did in Pandemonium. It kept me wanting to read more. Oliver is an expert at "chapter cliffhangers" and the fact that I had to read through a whole chapter before finding out what happened made me read that much faster.

Neither Julian or Alex get a ton of page time. Instead of the romance, Oliver chose to focus on the resistance. This made sense but still I was wanting a little more interaction with those characters. You are able to see Lena struggle through her thoughts but not as much through her interactions with the characters.

Hana turned out to be a much more interesting character than I thought she would be post-cure. I did have problems understanding how she really felt, a side effect of the cure no doubt. Still, Hana's chapters added depth to the story. We can actually see both sides of the war.

Before I started Requiem I had seen some twitter updates about how people were getting close to the end but they felt there was still so much that needed to happen. I can honestly say that I felt the EXACT same way. There was about 100 pages left when I first started to panic. Then, at 50 I was near freak out. I barely was able to keep it together while reading the last couple of pages. Seriously, I finished the book and began looking for more pages. I went to online knowing that there had to be some mistake. I mean, that couldn't really be the end, could it?

Turns out it was. Don't get me wrong, the book ends with a beautiful passage but still it felt incomplete. I didn't get the closure and resolution I was hoping for.

So after sleeping on it, I decided on 4 stars because like I said I really did enjoy about 95% of Requiem. The series as a whole is great, especially if you love fast paced books. However, I was just hoping for a little more in the ending...

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  1. Eek! I have Requiem from the library but I'm putting it off because of everyone's reviews. I'm sad to hear Julian and Alex aren't around too much. :( I guess I'm glad you generally liked it even though it was a little disappointing???? Hard to say, I suppose. Lovely review, though!

    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

    1. Yeah, I did enjoy it for the most part but I was left feeling a little let down. And don't get me wrong Alex and Julian are there...just not as much as I thought they would and wanted them to be.

      Mainly, I was expecting to be overcome with emotions with Lena having to choose between two great guys but I wasn't. I shed zero tears.

  2. I took the ending harder than you did, but I enjoyed most of Requiem as well. I found myself enjoying Hana the most in the end. I'm really disappointed with where Oliver left off with her character. Really great review.

  3. I enjoyed the ending! I might have been the only one but I did! I did wish for something more final but I liked that I could decide how I wanted it to end for me! I sgree about the character closeness! I did wish for something more with that. Awesome review! It's nice to see some different opinions :)



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