This exciting finale to Lauren Olive's New York Times best-selling 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 fiancée 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.
©2013 Laura Schechter (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
The ending was wretched. The book needed one last chapter to resolve the lives of the main characters (Tak, Hana, Julian, Lena's family, etc). I felt like the way it ended actually detracted from the main message of the story, because many of those people's lives wouldn't have a dramatic impact on the new emerging society. Also, it ticks me off when a main character works to redeem themselves and then gets stranded in the damn woods to (maybe) die.
I heard that Gone Girl was good...
No, but She was awesome. I thought she made the books exciting with the way she put sooo much feeling into her voice acting. 10 thumbs up!
Coral... only because the author didn't use her character very well. Once Alex left camp, we realized that she wasn't really an obstacle for Lena after all... and then she simply faded away into the scenery. That actually saddened me, because she could have been a great character (either as a villain OR an ally).
GRRR. This series was too awesome to have such a let-down of an ending.
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
This is an amazing ending to one of my all-time favorite YA series! I am so blown away right now by this story and by Sarah Drew’s brilliant performance.
After the huge cliff-hanger from Pandemonium I knew this was going to be an extremely emotional book. It did not disappoint. The suffering, loss, determination and struggles of the main characters was gut-wrenching. I was pleased that Lauren Oliver choose to write about all aspects of love and the many shapes and forms it takes in our lives. (not just the romantic type)
Like many other reviewers this book left me wanting more. However, I was not entirely disappointed by the ending. It felt real and true to the characters that Ms. Oliver leaves room for interpretation. Not all endings need to be handed over on a silver platter I guess.
However, my own secret wish is that this is not the end of the Delirium Trilogy. It’s just too painful to let go of these characters for now.
5 Stars All Around!!
Fiction: I like Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Romance, Classics. Non-Fiction: I like Historical, Military, Memoirs.
It was a good story and I enjoyed 99% of it...except the ending.
Sarah Drew is a good fit for Lauren Oliver's books. The first time I heard her narrate a book, I wasn't sure about her voice, but she really does have the right fit for the Delirium series. You can tell she's enjoying the story along with the rest of us.
Lena and Alex's initial confrontation was long awaited and didn't disappoint.
I can't say I hated the ending...it was okay...but it was definitely a let down for me, especially since it was supposed to wrap up the trilogy. I felt a little let down and maybe hoping that she'll write another Delirium novel to finish it properly?
No. Although I liked book one enough to get book two and then wanted to finish off the story through book three, I found the style of descriptive writing to become tedious. Sarah Drew was ok but nothing fantastic. I also really disliked the amount of cussing that became so common in book three.
Didn't really love this series.
Not my favorite.
YES. The story had no completion!! I hated the ending. It became predictable and then just came to an end. What was the point to it all?
I am an adult who loves a good YA read---but really I just love an engrossing story. If it pulls me in and I can't stop reading-I'm happy!
Let me start first by saying that I have been nothing but pleased by Sarah Drew's performance. At the end of the book she added some personal comments---she clearly loved working on this series and it showed.
I want to be clear---I highly recommend the series, if you haven't given it a listen.
What I did not like about this book---and it's really just a matter of taste was the back and forth between the two girl's point of view. I really didn't want to (and can I just be candid--1 or two times didn't) listen to Hannah's portion of the story. I'm not sure if that would have been different if I had read this rather than listened to it... because I found myself not caring what happened with Hannah. Perhaps it's because I felt so betrayed by Hannah.
I want to say more---but I don't want to spoil---so in an attempt to be vague I felt bad for one character who I felt really got the raw end of things...
But--all is forgiven because Lauren Oliver had a really successful finish I felt. I will be looking to read her other books.
I enjoyed this whole series, but was expecting something more from this final book. It could be a combination of the narrator and the story, but Lana's struggle with Alex is quite young. I found myself rolling my eyes at many of their interactions. I've found intimate relationships in other young adult books to be tedious, but there is usually something else to keep my interest (think Hunger Games). I was a bit bored with the wrap up to this series. Still, if you liked the other two books, I do recommend listening to this book so you can complete the story.
Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.
Lauren Oliver is really a joy to read. Her skill level is definitely higher than I've come to expect from YA authors. I also was fortunate to listen to the audiobook version of these books which are narrated by the very excellent Sarah Drew. She especially shined in this book doing both Hana and Lena's voices.
This book has the perspectives of both Hana and Lena. Usually this method doesn't work well but for this story particularly it was great. We get to see the unraveling from the resistances' side and also the cured side. It was especially interesting to me to see how Hana changed after the cure as this concept was intriguing to me from the beginning.
You still have a love-triangle technically in this book but I was okay with it due to the personality change in Alex for the last two books. It's an interesting foil. I also appreciated that there wasn't a lot of make-out scenes. She focused on the real story here - the desire for the freedom to choose.
Female YA authors often can't close the deal on the story. Although I felt it was obvious how the series would end, it was neat to see the details and think about the ramifications on the society. And no epilogue yea! She doesn't feel the need to lay out exactly where things will go but there's enough hints to leave you satisfied.
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.
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!
Audio book addict - completely taken with the YA Dystopia genre, although I also like a good biography or sci-fi novel, especially when it involves time travel . . .
Sarah Drew. She's amazing. She makes the story come alive.
Delirium and Pandemonium, the first two books in the series. There is no comparison I have found for this series; even though there are other dystopian romances out there, none of them have had the emotional charge this one does. I just finished it; I am exhausted.
I loved Lena, but I also loved Alex. He was so complex. And I loved his voice.
Yep. All 10 hours. I couldn't stop listening.
Get ready to be wrecked by the end. This is a true emotional roller coaster.
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