Lover of great stories. Books, movies, tv, oral- From classics to contemporary, fantasy to historical. If I'm not out trying to live my own adventure, I'm enjoying another's.
I know the print version has a short pov from Alex that the audiobook does not include. I disliked how Oliver ended this trilogy so much that I went and found the print to see if this short piece would offer anything more, so for the fact that the audiobook does not include an important bit of story, no, I do not consider the audio edition better.
I was so upset by how the book ended that I almost consider reading the entire series a waste. It was definitely disgruntling. And it's not just who Lena chose, or how, but the whole book as an ending to the story in general.
I believe that a writer should maintain a style of writing for a series of books. The first book of this series, Delirum, was unfolded in a first person straight narrative. Very enjoyable. The second book flipped between two time periods of the main character. Inconsequential and trick writing to suddenly introduce it, but fine... I'll except that. But the third book flipped between two characters! Yes, the window into Hana's life added a lot of information and progressed the plot, but I found it utterly annoying having to flip lives every chapter. The story has always been about Lena and her struggle with love!
This last book left me wanting. The characters were stagnant (I'd even say Lena had retrogressed), the plot was weak, and it was left unresolved. As much as the writer wanted to let the readers continue the story themselves after they read the last page, it made it so that the whole book became unnecessary. She started the trilogy as a captivating and refreshing love story and instead of keeping with that focus as she did in book one and two, book three took the background revolution and made it the primary focus with the love story taking a very significant back seat. So unhappy with this book.
Absolutely! It makes it so much more real.
Lena, she has changed so much but still goes on to fight
Sarah Drew is A-MA-ZING!!!! I will look for more books that she has done. She brings such life to the characters
some parts made me tear up.
I read that some people did not feel like the books had a complete ending and that it left you hanging, which made me leery about the final book. I can say that I have no idea what they are talking about. It may not have been a world wide solution and things will continue to need to be fought for but for the world of Lena it was resolved very nicely.
Yes, I was so caught up in the story and Sarah's performance that I would listen to it again to catch parts I may have missed in all the excitement.
I loved the way the author created the environment for the story. I was able to see the hardship and even at times smell the odors she was describing.
I loved the emotion that she brought to the characters. Her voice would hitch in the right places and she would shout when the characters were shouting. Her performance brought the story to life for me. I would get so caught up I could see the scene playing out like a movie in my mind. Sarah is my new favorite narrator. I can't wait to listen to more books narrated by her.
"Take down the walls." That was one of the last quotes from the book.
It's a breath of fresh air to read a book by an author who can paint such real environments and fill them with emotional scenes that draw the reader in. I loved her characters and I could identify with all of them at one time or another. The fact that they were all flawed and not perfect made the story come alive for me. I can't wait to read more books by Lauren in the future. Sarah Drew was a perfect narrator for the series. She kept the story going with her wonderful acting skills. No one has brought the characters to life for me as much as Sarah has.
Awesome audiobook. Sarah Drew rocked on narration! The hurt and sense of betrayal between Lena and Alex was felt so intensely in this book. The love triangle between Lena, Alex and Julian is a whirlwind of guilt, hurt, and longing. Hana has her own dilemmas and guilt she is dealing with. And, of course, the fight with the government continues. This book had me in knots and tears. The ending could have been a little better. I understand that life goes on and we can't be there for all of Lena's life decisions but when it comes to reading/listening to a book, a person wants some closure. Other than that, I loved the book!
Baker, reader, mother, wife, college student
After reading the other two books in this trilogy, I waited rather impatiently for this final book to come out. The narration of this series is EXCELLENT. She does an amazing job of giving a unique voice to each of the important characters. The story is gripping, and will leave you wanting more every time you have to turn it off for a bit and get on with life. I found myself daydreaming about the characters and trying to imagine what would happen next.
The only reason I'm not giving it a full five stars is the ending. I'm not going to spoil it for anyone, but it left me wanting and a bit frustrated.. I realize this was done for a reason (as explained on the author's Facebook page), but it just didn't sit well with me. I will say, however, that this is a somewhat minor issue since the overall story, character development, and dystopian imagery is engaging and well-written.
It looks as if they are planning to make a television show from this series. Not sure how I feel about that, but you never know!
I have to say this book wasn’t as good as the first two books, but it was still a good read. I wasn’t crazy about the back and forth between Hana and Lena, but it was easy to keep up with and did keep the read interesting. When the book came out I bought it that very day. I was so excited it was finally here, and after reading it I didn’t feel that it quite came up to the standards of the other books. It was interesting, but didn’t knock my socks off. I also felt let down at the end of the book. I expected more from the ending. I do have to say that I thought the narrator did an exemplary job and would definitely listen to her in the future.
I suppose I should just resign myself to the fact that I might never be pleased with the final book in a YA series, as this was like Mockingjay from the Hunger Games series all over again for me!
Seriously though, I love Lauren Oliver's writing style and the way she crafts her characters, but I honestly do not think she did them justice here. I was always skeptical of this "love triangle". Lena's jump to Julian at the end of the last book seemed really forced - more a plot device than a natural development. But OK...I knew it was coming and I was prepared. What I wasn't prepared for was how poorly it was executed.
I can't help but wonder what Ms. Oliver's intention was...as I obviously missed it. She gives us the first book and allows us to fall in love with Alex. Then she gives us the second book and enchants us with Julian. In the third book, they are both there, but basically in name only, as they are completely underdeveloped and barely used in the story. Where is the love that these people are fighting so desperately for? It seems to have all but vanished.
The only half way decent scene with Alex is near the beginning...his big fight with Lena. That scene is written so well and narrated beautifully by Sarah Drew (as always!) UNTIL Alex says "I never loved you" and Lena believes him. Are you kidding me?!? Why on earth would Lena buy it? He didn't give her a reason as to why he pretended to love her. He doesn't explain why he is so angry given the fact that he doesn't love her. So why would Lena believe him? It makes no sense other than being a plot device that allowed Lena to put him on the back burner and focus on Julian. So disappointing!
I loved the descriptions of the Wilds. The wandering journey didn't bother me as it seemed to bother others. What did bother me is that there seemed to be no purpose. We meet Coral just to make Lena jealous. Alex is there but says or does nothing. Same can be said about Julian. Then there's Lena's mom...just kinda thrown in at the end for good measure. There seemed to be little point to anything.
I also was not a big fan of the back and forth between Lena and Hana. I thought it might lead to some great interaction between them at the end, but when they finally did meet, it was more of a fizzle than a bang.
All in all, the book seemed rushed. Perhaps they were in a hurry to get it completed because of the TV version airing next season? I loved the first book...liked the second book...but almost wish I hadn't read this one at all. I remain a fan of Oliver's writing style and haven't read Before I Fall, yet, so maybe I'll give it a try.
Sarah Drew's narration was wonderful, though I did feel that even she struggled with the switch from Lena to Hana.
The book was great and the performance was awesome! What a great end to the series. Left me wishing there was a 4th on its way!
In the final minutes of Requiem, Lena notes that the Cureds are looking for certainty. They choose the procedure as a form of protection against the unknown. And while she understands the sadness and grief of change, of not being sure, she has chosen faith instead of knowing.
It makes sense, then, that the book ends with uncertainty. What is more uncertain than loving someone? No, we don't get a whole lot of closure. But that's the point. Requiem would be a failure if it wrapped up everyone's lives in pretty little packages, and I would have been disappointed.
This book is beautiful, haunting and poetic, like the two that came before. And Sarah Drew is magnificent.
Really enjoyed this 3rd book even more than the other two. Interestingly, each book just got better and I cared more and more about the characters as the trilogy unfolded. This book uses another "voice" to tell the story by using both the heroine's point of view and the point of view of her best friend, Hannah. It was insightful and entertaining. If you're one of those people who requires everything to be tied up nice and tight to enjoy the ending of the book you may be a bit disappointed. For me, the end was satisfying and hopeful. I can now highly recommend this trilogy... as an uplifting tale about human nature.