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. – Goodreads
Sigh. This book. I’ve considered Lauren Oliver one of my favorite authors since I read her debut, Before I Fall, and both Delirium and Pandemonium were books that sent me into capslock mode over how much I loved them. Not only that, but Delirium was also the first ARC I received as a blogger so this series has always been special to me in that way. Needless to say, despite all my end of series nerves, I built Requiem up to be this amazing read in my head and, well…it wasn’t. And it makes me really sad that I feel that way.
I probably would have given Requiem a 1 star rating if it wasn’t for Lauren Oliver’s prose. Her way with words is simply beautiful and it’s always such a highlight to feel so much emotion in her writing. Unfortunately, her storytelling wasn’t able to match the quality of her turn of phrase this time around and I was left disappointed with the lack of direction in the book.
To put it simply, Requiem made me feel that there was no point to the anything in Pandemonium. My favorite character from the series, Julian, was so well developed there, and I thought his relationship with Lena was so wonderful and organic, but Requiem negated all of that for me. Lauren Oliver seemed to forget about Julian’s character entirely, except for when Lena was in her “I will never love him like I do Alex” angst moments. I wouldn’t expect Lauren Oliver to forget about Alex, or anything else happening in the larger storyline, but I think it’s a shame that she seemed to give up on Julian’s character completely.
The POV switch between Lena and Hana didn’t help me enjoy Requiem, either. I liked Hana’s short story well enough, so I thought her chapters would be equally interesting, but I found them to be dull. Her story only grabbed my attention in too few moments and I wish Lauren Oliver had spent her chapters expanding on Lena’s story instead.
The conclusion of Requiem was the nail on the coffin for me. Don’t get me wrong, some of my favorite endings are open-ended, but I felt this book trailed off into nothing to the point where I now feel so apathetic about the entire series. I don’t need answers for everything, and I don’t think getting them would have made this a more enjoyable read for me, but I simply wanted something more.
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