By: Lauren Oliver
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Dystopian, Romance
The third and final book in Lauren Oliver’s powerful New York Times bestselling trilogy about forbidden love, revolution, and the power to choose. Now with a brand-new cover and an exclusive-to-this-book sneak peek at her next novel for teens: the ambitious, wholly original masterwork Replica.
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’s and Hana’s points of view. They live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.
What a big disappointment! Book one: fabulous, book two: very good with horrible ending, book three: nope! The only reason I gave Requiem three stars instead of two is because Lauren Oliver writes so beautifully.
First problem: Oliver changes her writing style in each book. Book one was in first person present from Lena’s POV. The second follows two different stories of Lena’s life, alternating from past to present, making it slightly confusing in the beginning. Requiem alternates between Lena’s and Hanna’s POV. I enjoy each of these styles in their own right. I just don’t like that she seemed to not be able to follow suit, making it feel like they don’t belong together.
Second problem: The second problem actually began on the last page of Pandemonium. Love triangle. There was, not only, no need to introduce a love triangle, but it took away from the story. The Delirium trilogy promised of something different, something with substance. By the third book, all it had become was a love sick child who couldn’t decide between two boys. The story got lost.
Third problem: Lena. In Delirium, Lena was a brainwashed girl with little substance. Hanna and Alex introduce her to a different life. One that encourages her to think for herself. She finds herself and falls in love. In Pandemonium, Lena’s character grows leaps and bounds. She’s strong and capable and she learns to let go of a love lost. Instead of continuing to grow in book three, Lena shrinks into a two dimensional love sick little girl.
I have seen many complaints about the ending of the book. Many people were upset that there wasn’t any “true ending”. There was no clear conclusion. But I actually liked it. Oliver leaves you with hope of a new and healed world and leaves us with some food for thought. I love the way that it challenges us individually to be better, to grow.
About the Author:
Lauren Oliver is the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren’s bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by AwesomenessTV; a major motion picture adaptation of Before I Fall was announced by Open Road Films in 2016.
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