Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver: Book Review

requiemTitle: Requiem (Delirium #3) 

Author: Lauren Oliver

Started Date:  March 10, 2013

Finished Date: March 13, 2013

Rating: 3/5 stars


Summary from Goodreads:

“They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.

But we are still here.

And there are more of us every day.

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way 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 now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor.

Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.

Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.

But we have chosen a different road.

And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.

We are even free to choose the wrong thing.

Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.”




The ending sucks.
The love triangle sucks.

I don’t know if I’m going to give this 3 stars or 2 stars. I think I’ll have to give it 3 since it was still unputdownable and moving. Or maybe because I just want to read the ending and know what will happen that’s why I couldn’t put it down? I don’t know, I just don’t want to think about it. Anyway, I still like Lauren Oliver’s writing, I can’t deny the fact that she’s really good. She writes beautifully, with lots of memorable lines. However, she also writes vague endings. I don’t hate the open-ended ending, I just don’t like it. That’s not a good way to end a trilogy. If she’s going to write an epilogue, that would be so much better.

I think the story has drifted far from its original concept. I remember I decided to read this series because of the main theme as love being a disease, which I think is very unique, and intriguing. The first book, Delirium, is really good. Pandemonium, the second, is perfect, really better from the first! I can still feel the idea of love being a disease, infectious and dangerous. First with Alex, then on Julian. But with the third book, I couldn’t find LOVE. It felt like all about Lena’s struggle in the wilds, her confusion, her miserable life. I don’t feel sorry for her because she’s selfish. I liked Hana’s story though.

Julian deserves better. Really. I couldn’t fight myself for feeling so sorry for him. If only I can take away his pain. Haha!
Alex, ummm, he’s still irresistible, I understand Lena in a way.
Lena, I don’t care about her! My lips are sealed, I need to remain silent before I can say bad things to her! Haha!

So ok, for those who are planning to read this book, I’m telling you, you should prepare yourself. Be very prepared. 😉






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