Publication Date: March 5th 2013
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. 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.
Let me start off by first saying how EXTREMELY difficult it is for me to write this review. I feel like any thought or feeling I have could potential be a spoiler so I will try to keep this as brief as possible.
The Delirium series has always been one of my favorites. I love the genre, wholeheartedly, and the premise of love as a disease is captivating. As those of you know who have read the series, it is well known for killer cliffhangers. Usually this might drive me mad but the way Oliver crafted them was spectacular and made me live on the edge of my seat for the next installment. I find myself in such a bittersweet moment of finishing this last book. When I started really getting into regular reading a couple years ago, Delirium was among the first and this is the first series I have finished that I have had to wait each year for an installment. I can’t even describe how that feels. I am happy to have had the chance to read this beautiful series but incredibly sad to think that the journey with these characters is over.
Now onto the book. Was Requiem everything I wanted in a finale? No. Was it still a good read? I think so. I really enjoyed the alternating points of view between Lena and Hana more than I expected, though in the beginning of course I just wanted Lena’s, after the way we left off in Pandemonium. I think it was really important to see how things were for Hana on her end and how it all tied in to Lena’s past as well with what could become of the future. Also, it was kinda cool to see things from someone who was ‘cured’.
I know what everyone really wants to know… Alex or Julian. Of course I can’t answer that! The whole situation coming into this novel was a heartbreaking mess. I, personally, love both boys but was completely Team Alex. The thing with Requiem though, there is so much more going on than just the love triangle. There is a war brewing that takes center stage. I must convey my frustrations at times because part of me just wanted everything to be resolved with the boys right in the beginning. But what Oliver created was a complex situation between Lena/Alex and Lena/Julian. There was no way it could possible resolve so fast. I really had to reflect the gravity of the situation for Lena. That helped me get through a few times where I was so anxious and frustrated for resolution of the situation.
The ending… I won’t say much here. I think it fit with the writing style of the series leading up to it but if I am being honest, it didn’t fully satisfy. This saddens me a great deal. I see the brilliance in it, but at the same time, I needed more closure. Perhaps my expectations of everything being tied up with a nice little bow were too high? That’s possible. But I am not above begging for another book.
I think it is important to note, I thoroughly wish I had reread both Delirium and Pandemonium before I started Requiem. At least Pandemonium. I did find myself a little confused at times with characters and situations and wish I had the past fresh on my mind.