Monday, April 22, 2013

Badass Books: Requiem (Delirium #3)

I feel like I'm on a constant wheel of apologies with you guys, so I'm just going to stop apologizing. I've been busy--writing, reading, house hunting (!). I haven't been able to blog. I've made some great progress on reworking the beginning of my WIP rewrite and am finally back into the whole NEW WORDS part of writing (hooray!). In the midst of all that, I read Requiem, and oh. my. word.

First, let me tell you that I was 100% satisfied with the ending of this trilogy, more satisfied than I've ever been with a series. If you haven't read it, you may just want to stop here. Everything in this review will be a spoiler of book 1 and book 2. All book 3 spoilers will be in white. Also--if you want to read this series and haven't, DO IT, but don't read the summary below. It spoils book 2.

From Goodreads (along with the summary below).

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 fiancĂ©e 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.

Why I read it: This section doesn't even really need to be here. If you read the others in the series, there really just wasn't any other choice. None. At all. And I love that.

ZOMG Yes: Let me start by reiterating my comments above. I was completely satisfied with the ending of this trilogy. A few of the things that I loved (other than Oliver's stunningly beautiful prose): Hana's voice and perspective, Lena's growth, Hana's growth, the ability of this story to stand alone as a separate novel from the others. One of the things I enjoyed most about this series overall was that from plot to character growth to narrative style, each Delirium book was a piece of art in and of itself.

Now, to the love triangle. Guys--I couldn't decide who I wanted Lena to be with. I couldn't. I didn't feel like there was any way for her to really make a choice by the end of this story either, not with all the other more important things she had on her plate. I mean sure, it's a story about love. Hello. The deliria? Yeah. But it was about so much more than love. And the way Oliver ended it? I think she made the right choice for Lena and everyone else. (Although, by now I'm totally team Alex)

There was one event that happened that I'm still trying to understand my feelings for, HUGE SPOILER: Raven's death. It just happened. One second she was alive, and then boom. Gone. Forever. I wanted more from it, but I think the way Oliver executed it was perfect. As short a moment as it was, it really gave the death more impact--because I'm still thinking about it almost a week later.

Kthxbai: If you haven't started this series, and you enjoy a combination of beautiful writing and dystopian trilogies, I really recommend it. To me, it got better with every book. Invalids forever!

Delirium Review
Pandemonium Review

Did you read the series? If so, what did you think?


  1. I haven't gotten around to reading REQUIEM yet, but it's on my TBR list. I've heard several people say they really enjoyed Hana's role in the book, so I'm curious about that. Good luck with writing and house hunting!

    1. Yes! It's really good, and I loved Hana's role. I hope you enjoy it!

  2. I'm SO GLAD I'm not the only one who loved the ending! I think it would've been a cop-out to tie everything up in a neat little bow, tbh, although I guess I can understand why people are bothered by it...

    And re: the spoiler - I thought about that, too, but in the end I guess she was just trying to make it realistic? Like sometimes it just happens? That's how I read it.

    1. I haven't read what others have been saying because I didn't want anything to be spoiled. I didn't even realize people were bothered by it! I love that Oliver didn't let Lena's romantic choices define the character or the book's resolution.

  3. That part you printed in white... Mixed feelings. I wanted more from it too, but at the same time, there was so much action going on all around Lena. I don't know... It was such a HUGE thing. I'm torn. And as far as the romance, I was Team Other Guy, so I was kind of sad about that bit. But, Lauren Oliver is such an amazingly talented writer. I'll happily immerse myself in any book she produces!

    1. Yeah I'm exactly with you on that spoilery bit. It worked and it didn't and I'm still torn--which I think maybe means it did work.

      You know, I was team other guy almost the whole time until the note that he left behind. Then I switched.

  4. I really enjoyed the addition of Hana as a narrator. In many ways, I found her story more interesting than what was going on in Lena's world. I have to admit, I was disappointed with the ending in some respects. I wanted Lena to pick a guy (I was slightly more Team Alex, but I wasn't opposed to Julian either), I wanted more resolution with the non-romantic aspects of the story as well. That being said, I enjoyed this series and would read more by Lauren Oliver.