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
Again Sarah Drew was amazing!
Loved it but...
I really wish the ending had been different. There needed to be more of an explanation of what happens next.
I really enjoyed this series. I got emotionally invested in these characters. I was incredibly curious how the little love triangle would play out, and if the rest of the country would follow Portland's lead and the zombies would be overturned. I guess I feel a little bit cheated by the ending. I understand the symbolism of tearing down internal walls to have the same freedoms to give and receive love, but I kinda felt shorted. I really enjoy Lauren Oliver's writing. It is very detailed yet flows and the dialogue enhances the story, even driving it forward at times. However, I felt that even with a simple epilogue, or a couple more chapters, I would feel like there was some finality to the series.
However, if you have read the first two books, you pretty much have to listen to this one too.
I thought the dual narration between Lana's character and Hanna's was a neat way to tell the story from different angles. The Hanna angle was interesting but not entirely pivotal to the overall story. Maybe a little less time with Hanna and a little more effort into wrapping things up at the end.
The narrator did a good job with the different characters. There were a few background voices that I couldn't distinguish, but only once or twice when there were many voices and it didn't really matter who said what. She did an especially good job with the "cured" Hanna voice. Making her sound lofty and aloof, but with hints of emotions from her previous self.
The only other issue I have is with the bad language. I understand that the characters were facing very grave situations, but the amount of language was unnecessary. It will also prevent me from recommending this series to mothers, fathers, teachers, or students. Which is really unfortunate, because it was very well written.
Overall, pretty good.
For as much as I read and listen you would think by now that I would know how to spell lol. I read at least 5 books a week there are times I have gotten up to 10 in a week.
The book is filled with the angst of teen love, backstabbing friends, and all out battle. Truly a great read till you get to the endding. Now for the spoiler.....the book ends on a cliff hanger! Part of me is screaming NO NO NO! The other part of me says YES! It leaves me to come up with the ending I want for the people in the book that I have come to care for as if they were my very own friends.
I however think that it would be a great idea if she did another book ( there is plenty left unsaid in the book for it to happen) Maybe one from Hanna's POV on learning to love after the cure. You do get to see her start this process in Requiem....afterall it had been stated the cure does not work on them all. And I allready know who I want the guy to be for her to fall in love with and I think you will come to the same decision as me once you've read this amazing book!
Sarah Drew's narration was sooo good! I don't think I would have connected as much to this series without it. I've listened to many audiobooks and her ability to bring the emotions out of the characters is amazing. I hate a monotone narration or poorly done voices. Her narration had tons of life and she did a great job on both the male and female characters. For me, Sarah Drew's narration of the Delirium series is second only to the narration of The Help and that was done by four people so that says a lot!
If you have read the first two books then you absolutely must read Requiem. The book was well written and I felt like I lived inside Lena's story. I loved all three of the books, but I felt like the ending was just barely enough. There needed to be a lot more resolution after all of the emotional turmoil this series put me through. It just hinted at how things were going to turn out. There is a brief period of semi-resolution and then the book is over. I didn't hate it. I just wanted more.
Ok, where do I start on just how horrible this book is. Delirium was good. I loved it, I loved the characters, I loved the relationship between Lena and Alex... Sigh, Alex. What happened at the end was probably the hardest I have ever cried during a book before. And after Alex's potential death, the only reason I picked up Pandemonium is because I had hope that the relationship between Alex and Lena wouldn't have been so perfect just for him to die. I had very high hopes, and a really strong feeling he lived. So I forced myself through Pandemonium, through the ridiculously forced new relationship between Lena and Julian. Which happened way too early after what she just experienced. Ugh. Gross. The second book sucked something major, and once again, I only picked up book 3 because I was right. Alex was alive!!! Though he only got the last 30 seconds of the damn book. So naturally, I just knew her and Alex would end up back together and I had to see Alex get his happily ever after. Requiem was the worst thing that has ever happened to me. Alex was a completely different person. They might have had 3 conversations throughout the whole book, they shared one passionless kiss, and then you don't even find out what happens to anyone!? Does Lena choose Alex? Julian? What happens to ANY of the characters? What happens in the huge battle that's raging on?? I am so dissatisfied -- and since this is the last installment in the trilogy, there is nothing to fix this sense of everything being up in the air. Come on Lauren, serious readers are a very intense and specific creature! They get really into books and they especially get really attached to the characters! They want the characters to get their happy ending but damn, if that isn't possible, then just having some clue as to what happens would be better than leaving us with nothing but unanswered questions!! Ahhhhhhhhh!! Sooooo irritated!!!
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