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
I loved this book and the story telling. I love how it switched between Lena and Hana. I hated the ending though. It left it so abrupt and unfinished. There wasn't enough closure that I was looking for. But overall great book!
I usually hate the 3rd book in a series. I'm sure part of it is me being upset with loosing all my new character friends; but I also feel many writers get sloppy with their stories or continued character development in order to end the story. Oliver did not do that. She let the story end without forcing closures. She let her characters continue to expand and grow till the very last words.
Drew's innocence and immature voice helped create a great experience when I listened to the story too.
The story is really well done. Sarah Drew's narration is phenomenal. She does a great job portraying characters through largely internal monologues.
It ended well but this was a challenge to get through. So much of the middle is limbo, which is understandable. But the beginning was also kind of anticlimactic given the cliffhanger from the previous book. I hated the dual narratives until close to the end. Really what kept me going was the beautiful writhing and Sarah Drew's breathtaking narration/reding.
The emotions that are presented in this book are so very well written that you can feel where everyone is coming from and can't wait to find out where they are going. The angst and anger, broken dreams and hollow future projected put me on edge and kept me listening. Yet the personal stories and humanization of the futuristic landscape kept it on a level that I could connect with. I found that I liked the changing of the point of view narration, sometimes coming from Lena, sometimes from Hana. It wasn't a story told from just one side or one point of view. It kept the story fresh and pumping.
Definitely worth a listen.
Part 3 of 3 in a series.
The author kept the momentum going through all three books. Awesome job and not a difficult read, so if your looking for something a little lighter this series is a good choice.
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