"Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured....
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a poor town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: Because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do....
Lyra's story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful....
What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life....
Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before - before Dara kissed Parker, before Nick lost him as her best friend, before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred....
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe....
"You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me.....
A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates's world by gender. Women rule the East. Men rule the West....
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts....
How do you fight an enemy when they're inside your mind? A gargantuan glass-walled tower looms over a deadly wilderness. They say it's all that's left....
Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse....
Before Amberly came to the palace, she was a four in love with a one....
Estranged patriarch Richard Walker has died, leaving behind a country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His alienated family have arrived for their inheritance. But the Walkers are not alone....
From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself....
When Ruby woke up on her 10th birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police....
On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future....
Two women on either side of the Silver-Red divide tell the stories no one else knows....
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.
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!!
19 of 22 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about Requiem?
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.
What do you think your next listen will be?
I heard that Gone Girl was good...
Have you listened to any of Sarah Drew’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
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!
What character would you cut from Requiem?
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).
Any additional comments?
GRRR. This series was too awesome to have such a let-down of an ending.
13 of 16 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about Requiem?
It was a good story and I enjoyed 99% of it...except the ending.
What does Sarah Drew bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
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.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Lena and Alex's initial confrontation was long awaited and didn't disappoint.
Any additional comments?
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?
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
I had never heard of Lauren Oliver before the Delirium series, but am definitely a fan now.
I listened to the entire Delirium Trilogy back to back because I couldn't stop thinking about the characters. Requiem was the perfect ending for the series. To be totally honest, I'm sad to be at the end.
Delirium is a wonderful journey that I totally enjoyed traveling. I highly recommend it.
The narration was perfect. Sarah Drew not only made it clear who was speaking at any given time, she also somehow made it clear what each character was feeling. You can hear the emotion in the way each character speaks.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I understand that each person has unique tastes when it comes to storyline and writing style . That can account for sone of the readers posting reviews and comments indicating dislike . I would ignore any reviews that use labels or exaggerated speech indicating that Oliver cannot write or build a storyline. She can write and her storytelling is engaging and unique . You may not care for her style but I it is not accurate to say that Oliver is inept . Oliver has earned her place among dystopian authors with this trilogy.. This trilogy is skillfully written . Oliver writes from the heart painting emotions with lyrical metaphors and timeless maturity. This dystopian tale asks you to consider what a society would be like without affection, without love , and without the passionate entanglement that love brings about. In a society in which emotional states are over diagnosed and over medicated, (ours) it's worth pondering just what love is, and how we experience different kinds of love . Oliver is asking the reader to consider what parts of our humanity are vital even if those human characteristics cause pain and regret from time to time, Sarah Drew does an outstanding job narrating the 3 books in this trilogy . I would listen to her read the phone book!!! This book and the 2 prior to it are not YA novels. These are novels written for anyone who seriously wants to understand just how crucial human emotion, including love, is to a healthy society.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
STORY (YA romance/action) - Requiem is Book 3 in the Delirium "trilogy." It is an engaging story of young love in a dystopian society where medical procedures are required to be performed at age 18 to strip everyone of all emotion. Emotion is evil and causes people to go crazy. The main characters are a small band of resistors who have left Portland and are living in "the wilds." The book is beautifully written and full of young emotion and lots of action. The only problem is, as an adult, I was interested in this series enough for three books as originally intended. IMHO the series is starting to drag a bit in order to stretch to four books (or even more???). I will probably listen to Book 4 when it comes out, but only if the series ends there.
PERFORMANCE - Sarah Drew has a nice youthful-sounding voice, which is perfect for this series. She does a good job as the story moves along and then - BANG - she does an emotional scene with Alex and Laina which is incredible! Overall, though, I'll give her a 4.
OVERALL - (Precise rating 3.5) This series needs to be listened to in order, and you will need to hear all of them. All three books end in cliffhangers, though this one isn't as tall a cliff as the first two. This is a good book for teengers, as there is no sex, but the F-word does come up a few times. Because of the romance, I would recommend this for teenage girls and women who enjoy well-written YA (like me), though I see several men who have given it rave reviews.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about Requiem?
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!!!
6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book from Lauren Oliver and/or Sarah Drew?
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.
Would you be willing to try another book from Lauren Oliver? Why or why not?
Didn't really love this series.
What three words best describe Sarah Drew’s voice?
Not my favorite.
Do you think Requiem needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
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?
3 of 5 people found this review helpful