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.
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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.
I love to read and listen! I like all types of books, but lately I have been reading teen dystopian fiction. Favorite authors are Stephen King, Lauren Oliver, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Hawthorne, and Poe. I am an English teacher and I am always looking for the next great read...
Powerful, enlightening, and exciting!
When Hana and Lena reunite. The tension and differences between the two characters were electric.
Any scene with Alex and Lena. It was such painful misery to see those two. A love triangle in the Dystopian age.
Never give up on love!
I loved this series and I am sad to see them completed. I am happy to know that she wrote short stories about Anabelle and Hana they are available on e book only. I still have something to read. I read this series with hesitation, but I think that Oliver is an amazing author that transports you into the hearts of the characters. She leaves you with something to chew on with every chapter. This book has many connections to the things that are going on today and it is frightening to think about in this context. Oliver, I can't wait to see your next novel. Thanks for creating such believable and memorable characters. The performance by Sara Drew was amazing as well. She really gets into each character and it is so believable. You could tell that she enjoys what she does it really shows in tis performance.
BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front) This book pales in comparison to the first two! The narration is spot on, but after having waited months for the final book in the trilogy I'm left disappointed and wondering what it was about the first two books I liked?!? I'd relate this book to Mockingjay (Hunger Games Trilogy) as yet another example of a great series that was ruined by lack of creativity and a lackluster ending.
Plot: As I've indicated above this book was nothing special. It did not captivate me as a reader and I never felt like I "couldn't out it down." The second book set's the stage for some main character conflict between the men in her life, but like everything in the book it never gains momentum and simply peters out.
Thoughout the book the author shifts between Lena and Hana's perspective, which adds a fun dynamic to the book, but at the end (NEXT 2 SENTENCE ARE A POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT) of the book doesn't really answer any questions that the reader might have. You're left to believe that all of these mind altered "zombies" are simply ok with the outcome and no desire to fight back.
Narrator: Great job. A little confusing at the beginning as she shifted from Lena to Hana's point of view, but once I understand that was how the book was written, it all came togather.
I really enjoyed all three books in this series. To follow Hannah & Lena as they matured and all the changes they go through, dealing with their friendship, life changes, love, and rage. I'm looking forward to seeing how the story is adapted to a TV series next year (it was first picked up for a movie, then changed to a network series). I especially enjoyed hearing from the narrator at the end of the last book. There was a lot of depth to the series, not just a simple love story, but a deeper story of fighting for what you believe in and the sacrifices you make, not just from those in the wild.
Beside the storyline, the narrator, Sarah Drew, is absolutely amazing.
Hana's final "normal" act. AND, of course, the very end (don't want to make a spoiler).
Lana, without a doubt.
Made me unable to put it down. I waited quite a while for the third book to be published, got it when it became available, and just listened to it, thoroughly enjoying every part of it.
Better than Hunger Games - so good that I don't have the words to say!!!!
Good time spent but hoped for much more
Without spoiling it, I was disappointed with the ending. L. Oliver had to know that the readers wanted more 'time' and info at the end. Instead I sat there wanting more. I would not read/listen to this book again because of this. The only other thing ill say is I'm team
Mu favorites are paranormal, supernatural, post-apocalyptic, and horror!
I love everything about this series and Requiem was another excellent book in the series! I truely hope that there are more to come..
I love the characters in this series, the moral delimmas that they must process, the excitement, and especially the naration - it is spot on! Sarah Drew is awesome!
I could not stop listening to this book. And when i was forced to put it down - to work or be productive - i could not stop thinking about the story! This is a definate favorite in my library! A must read for those who like dystopian or YA novels!
I thought it was brilliant that Lauren Oliver thought to name all of the labels us crazy people get throughout life such as Depression, Bi-Polar, Anxiety, ADHD, and soo many others Delerium and the reason we are diagnosed them are caused by Love, if you think about it, ITS SOO TRUE.. Love does drive us insane, cause us to do stupid irrational things, that we are so heavily overmedicated for.. A surgery to numb the public I dont think is too far off...lol..
Theres a few I can think of, the Wither series by Lauren DeStefano is a good one, both worlds are separated, but instead of love being the problem the women died by 25 so the men mostly wealthy had more than one wife,they were kept locked up and expected to be the perfect women that were expected of the women who were cured from Requiem, perfect housewives.. The women were seperated from there families never to see them again..
She has a really sweet voice and really got into playing the other characters, she did a really good job, its very emotional and I think she made me feel all the emotions the characters were feeling and I even cried a couple times
I did listen to all of them in one sitting..
I love how it was mostly based in Portland Maine, close to were I live.. I was wondering if Lewiston Auburn or further North like Wilton,Farmington would have been the wilds.. I know everyone has lots of guns and houses in the woods so a cure would have been out for them and myself.. Love is passion and passion is life and what is life without passion?? Boring
If you ask me, the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver is better than The Hunger Games series. Don't get me wrong, I love The Hunger Games. But I think that the Delirium series is deeper. I think that Oliver writes better characters. Even the secondary characters are richer, more real, living. There's plenty of action, conflict, peril, but there's feeling and growth and purpose, too.
Requiem is a solid conclusion to Lena's story, her journey. It picks up where Pandemonium left off and keeps on moving. What I appreciate is that it constantly moves forward - the resistance and the relationships all progress to the great denouement.
I listened to the audio book, which was read with such greatness by Sarah Drew. If you like to listen to audio books, you can't get a better narration. Drew is a perfect YA narrator.
One thing - there is profanity in this one, more than in the previous two books.
Working mom who loves to read!
Loved this book. I loved the whole series. Sarah Drew did a fantastic job! I was in tears at some points. Didn't want it to end!
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