Requiem by Lauren Oliver | Book Review


Release date: March 5, 2013
Series: Delirium (Book #3)
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia

Well, that's it everyone - the last book in the Delirium trilogy is here and I am incredibly sad to say goodbye to these beloved characters. You can find me singing praises to the series in my earlier posts, books and short stories alike, and I really thought Requiem was a great ending to this roller coaster of events. I still think that Delirium is the best one of the series, but I enjoyed this final book more than Pandemonium.

In case you haven't gotten this far in the series, be warned - this review has some obvious spoilers in the overview itself so read on at your own risk. For those who ARE caught up on the first two books - have no fear, no spoilers ahead.

The book is a double narrative between Hana and Lena, but we are back in a single time period. While Lena is stuck in the love triangle between Julian and the newly returned Alex, Hana is cured and getting ready for her wedding. Lena's frazzled voice is a contrast to Hana's clear mind, even though both have doubts about their past and present decisions. The tension between the resistance and the cities is growing and right away we can tell that a major clash later on is inevitable. Will there be a revolution? Or will the government overpower the Invalids? With the two heroines in the forefront of the opposing sides, Requiem was simply breathtaking to read.

To be completely honest, I was actually more interested in the freshly cured Hana than the restless Lena. I have wondered about what exactly goes on in the minds of the cured ever since I started the series and I have to say, the look inside Hana's head almost made me wish the cure was an option today. Did I creep you out yet? I guess I originally thought the cured were emotionless and almost robotic, but as Hana repeats over and over again, the cure works different on everyone. She talks about her mind being clear and calm (what's wrong with that?) and the world being muffled. She never says she is unhappy because of the cure or feels she lacks something. Lena on the other hand was all over the place and at one point started annoying me to no end. She is impulsive, extremely selfish and doesn't really know what she wants.

The writing made me very happy: I was missing some of it in Pandemonium, but here Lauren Oliver is definitely back at it. I thought the tension build up was great and there were some turns I did not expect at all. Both girls have their worlds shaken in most unexpected (for them) ways and they both face some very tough choices. I still don't know how I feel about the ending of the book: on one hand it was a perfect way to end the series, but on the other I was left with so many questions. If you're a fan of interpret-it-how-you-like endings you will love this one. I find myself wanting for loose ends to be tied. Either way, it works perfectly after everything that has happened.

As I have said earlier, I am incredibly sad to be done with the series. Dare I say I prefer Delirium to Hunger Games? To each their own, I guess. I think these books are a great read: exciting and captivating. I absolutely loved Requiem and, as far as final books go, this one was one of the best conclusions to the series I've encountered.