Monday, February 29, 2016

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

Release Date: March 5, 2013
from Harper Collins
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"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."

My Thoughts:

Alright before I start this rant review I need to warn you that there will be spoilers for Delirium and Pandemonium. There is just too much to discuss that is directly related to those books. I’ve put Requiem off for years now. Mostly because the general consensus was not overly positive for this one and now I see why. Sadly Requiem and I did not get along. There was a lot that bugged me about this one and it breaks my heart because I loved Delirium.

I’m going to start with Lena. First off, I admire how far she has come and how much she has grown. But she also drove me absolutely insane. She REFUSES to see things that are right in front of her. And I’m not talking subtle things the reader picks up on, they were glaring. Also I hated how she treated both Julian and Alex. And normally I hate when people rag on the girl for making the boys sad but I just didn’t like her actions. I mean, five seconds in her brain and you KNOW who she truly loves. There is no back and forth, you know it without a doubt. But when that person isn’t available she just settles for second best and that aggravates me because it’s not fair to the person she is settling for. I normally have nothing against love triangles, but that’s because I usually see how the center of the triangle truly loves both parties and truly doesn’t know what she wants. Not the case here and not a fan.

And now I have to talk about Alex because he is my favorite and this book didn’t do him justice. I don’t know what Lauren Oliver has against Alex and actually giving him page time, but clearly she has something against it. Look the end to Delirium absolutely gutted me. I cried for hours after I finished it. But I also thought it was beautiful and Alex’s sacrifice was courageous and part of me wishes that was where the story ended. Is it heartbreaking? Absolutely. But it’s also gorgeous. That book is still one of my all-time favorites and I separate it from the sequels in my head. To this day I still remember exactly how I felt when Lena turned around and saw that Alex didn’t follow and I remember the drop in my stomach and the tears that followed. That book impacted me in a way that sadly the sequels did not and I really wish that that moment had been the end knowing what I know now. I feel like Alex’s sacrifice was cheapened by adding in a love triangle and by the events in Requiem.


And then there is Hana and the addition of her perspective. I’m sorry. I never cared and I still did not care about Hana after this one and I could have gone without her perspective.

The other thing is that this book felt incredibly repetitive. It was the same thing over and over. And then we finally get to somewhat of a climax and it just fell completely flat. I don’t even know what happened or what they achieved. And I have no clue what I’m supposed to do with that ending. There are aspects I’m happy with but I just do not know.

I have to give credit where credit is due though. The writing is absolutely gorgeous. There is no denying that Lauren Oliver is an incredibly talented author. It’s just the story in this case didn’t work for me in a lot of aspects.

All in all, I’m glad I finally got around to Requiem and I can say I finished the series. I needed the closure of finishing the series, even though I still have questions. Delirium will forever be one of my favorite books and I don’t think even the sequels can take that away from me. That final scene from Delirium is forever imprinted in my brain and nothing can ruin that for me.

8 comments:

  1. Bahahahaha. I love this review so much. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this one, Teresa! To be honest, I hated Delirium because of the love triangle, and never continued with the series. It's too bad! It seems like Oliver made a mess. Sorry you had a suffer through this, but also, thank you! :D Fantastic review, Teresa.

    Have a lovely week! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  2. I really enjoyed reading this review! I actually didn't like Delirium at all. And I'm with Alyssa on this, it was because of the love triangle. So I never picked up the next book. Sorry to read this one just wasn't what you wanted. *Major sad face*

    Hope you have a wonderful Monday and that your next book is amazing!

    *Muggle Huggles*

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  3. Good to hear you enjoyed the series ending, I haven't read any except first

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  4. Aww, I'm sorry this one didn't work out for you, Teresa. I've not read the series but Delirium in on my bookshelf and now I'm afraid to even start. Is this a series where I could just skip the last book?!? *haha*

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    1. Ugh I almost wish I had stopped at Delirium!

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  5. Boy did we blow up each other's phones with all the texts about this one! I liked this one a bit more than you did, but this is NOT how we wanted this series to end. At all. Like you, I adore Delirium and think we can just pretend it was a stand-alone. I love what you say about the writing, and I'm glad you have the closure of finishing the series. Great review, Wifey! Let's re-read Delirium!! <3

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  6. Girl, your review is spot on. I was so disappointed in how things ended, but this whole series went downhill for me starting with Pandemonium. And then this book made me want to chuck it across the room.

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    1. Me too! Loved Delirium but then Pandemonium just started the downfall and this one just disappointed me so much.

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