Requiem

Requiem

by Lauren Oliver

SYNOPSIS:

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.

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Book #3 in Series

This is not an ending, this is just the beginning.

Yes, we are saying our farewells to our beloved characters, but for them this is just a door opening towards freedom.

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I notice that I am once more writing my review backwards, but that’s OK, as this is what I liked the most about this last book – the hope it gives for a better future, for our characters to find their way to a happy ending.

HANNA

I’ve seen so many people complaining about having Hanna’s point of view in this book, but for me it worked perfectly.
I wanted to see what it was like to be in her shoes and I had many reasons for that. And I did enjoy her struggle, I did enjoy see her come in terms with her pain, with her remorses, because it was not easy for her either, and her story with Lena didn’t end with her mistake.

I must confess that I didn’t read her novella, but I had a feeling about what happened since the ending of Delirium. I am not sure if I need to understand her reasons, but I did understand her side in this story.. it was needed, and as much as I liked Alex, I don’t agree with so many of you – I wouldn’t have wanted to have his POV in this book, there was enough grief in Lena’s voice, I didn’t need more of that.

LENA

lena-requiemI liked her more in the 2nd book. In this one she was again more insecure. She realised that freedom and happiness are 2 different things and when you sacrifice everything for freedom you are more likely to become empty inside and to move through life without purpose.

In Pandemonium she had a reason to fight, she wanted to avenge Alex, but given the fact that she has now to deal now with the aftermath of her actions, she just needs a minute or more to think and see what is more important to her, what is she left to fight for? What can she choose? And there is no need to tell you that she never gets those minutes of thinking, so her pain keeps flooding her words, her insecurities keep hurting the people she loves the most.

THE LOVE TRIANGLE

Oh, isn’t it hard to choose between the people you love? Julian or Alex, Alex or Julian.. and what if (view spoiler)

To be honest this was my least favorite part of the story. The resolution was quite simple (even though I am not sure if it will satisfy the readers) and maybe even a bit elegant. You get a glimpse of where the things might be headed to, but you can still use your own imagination.

THE SYSTEM

I have so many questions about the world, about what this tiny revolution might have changed.. it feels like an unfinished story and I wouldn’t be surprised if the author would decide at some point to write a bit more about it, even though I am not sure if i want that. We just got to untangle all these treads (as complicated as they were), so why would I want to start over again?

CONCLUSION:

All in one, even though my favorite book in the series is still Pandemonium, I did enjoy this book quite a lot. Yes, there was a bit too much angst and teenage behaviour, but there was also quite a lot of action that kept me entertained and eager to know how things might end.
The fans of the series will love this book, even though they might scream as loud as they can about how they need to read at least one more chapter.. Just saying..

Happy midnight reading!

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