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.
*Disclaimer: this is NOT my best review, not even close.*
I find it hard to review books/series that are this amazing. The story speaks for itself and no words I say will serve any real justice to the story. Just know, the words, the characters and the storyline, they moved me. This is a fantastic series.
This was one of my most highly anticipated releases for 2013, and it did not disappoint. That being said, it wasn’t the best in the series, but it was amazing, nonetheless. Lauren Oliver’s ability to craft words never ceases to amaze me. She’s really almost in a league of her own, when it comes to the lyrical nature of her writing. It’s insane how well she can weave a story and suck you in. Even though Requiem wasn’t my favorite book in the Delirium series, it still blows most other books out of the water.
Requiem picks up basically where Pandemonium ends, which if you’ve read Pandemonium, you know there was quite the revelation at the end. Very shocking. And exciting. But left a lot of questions. I am going to be incredibly brief on the overall plot, because well, I hate spoilers, as you already know, and really, I think this, as the others in the series, should be read blindly. I didn’t read teasers, excerpts, or any other reviews or quotes before going into this. I wanted it all fresh in my brain.
There were so many changes taking place in The Wilds. The Resistance refused to be stomped out, but The Cureds weren’t going down without a fight either.
This book, unlike the others, is told from dual POVs. Half of the story is from Lena, and the other half is from Hana. I thought this was great because it gave us a chance to experience life on both sides of the fence/wall. We saw what was happening in The Wilds because of Lena, but we also got the chance to see life from a Cured point of view.
While there weren’t necessarily many unexpected plot twists in the story, there were lots of heart-stopping moments. A lot of them I can’t touch on without giving away vital parts of the story, so unfortunately, I have to be super vague. I think most readers’ issue with this story was the realism to it. For that, I applaud Ms. Oliver. I think she wrote what truly should have happened, even though, at times, it wasn’t easy to read.
When I read the end, I cried. I had goose bumps, and tears were streaming down my face. It’s not that the ending was necessarily sad. I guess, for me, it was sad knowing it was the end of an amazing series, but more than that, I cried because it was just so awesome. I will say, in retrospect, I do think the end felt a touch rushed, but even so, while there was enough resolution, there’s still plenty left to your imagination. There was nothing overly tidy about the ending. It just was. And it worked. And was so beautiful.
I am looking forward to reading the rest of the short stories in this series; so far, I’ve only read Hana, which totally threw me for a loop. I also cannot wait to see what Lauren writes next. She’s up there as one of my favorite authors, and I will, no doubt, be waiting on pins and needles for her next release. I cannot recommend this series enough. I wasn’t ever into dystopian fiction before, but this is so, so much more than that.
THIS QUOTE RIGHT HERE! Among the others I included, just shows how AMAZING Lauren is with words. If this doesn’t perfectly sum up life, I don’t know what does. This gives me the chills when I read it, but it also gives me this sense of hope. I need to read it every single day.