Review: Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver

February 18, 2013 ARC, Book Review, Delirium, Dystopian, HarperTeen, Lauren Oliver, Pandemonium, Requiem, YA, Young Adult 26

Publication Date: March 5th 2013

From Goodreads:

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.

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~My Thoughts~

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.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

26 Responses to “Review: Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver”

  1. Jennifer Messerschmidt

    I loved this but I was also disappointed with the ending. It’s slowly growing on me and I get it but I just needed a epilogue or something so I knew what changes happened. It was so open ended. But it held my attention and was exciting all the way through. I agree that I should have re-read too because I forgot many of the secondary characters but the books are so emotional I don’t really feel like re-reading. LOL I’m excited for the TV show though!

  2. Brandi Kosiner

    Glad that you liked it but sorry it wasn’t all you wanted in the finale. I have loved this premise and read the 1st, but haven’t read more for some reason. Probably lack of time.
    Anyways, thanks for the review and I look to read it soon.

    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  3. The Book Belles

    Requiem sounds great, but I’m definitely curious to know what the ending is. I usually end up not liking endings that I feel don’t completely close the series. Awesome review! 🙂

  4. Tabitha

    I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book! I’m pretty much with you on all aspects… especially the ending! I see why it ended that way and how it’s a good ending – I just wanted a little bit more!

    Great review!!

  5. Casi Usher

    I’m so sad it only got a a 3.5 I’m super excited for the book but I’ve come to realize the final books in trilogies tend to not leave me completely satisfied I just finished Sever and feel that the last 70 pages or so were rushed and to me left questions that I had unanswered….. Oh well I’ll still be buying the book as soon as I can get my little hands on it…. Thanks for the review I’m a relatively new follower

    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      I have not read Sever yet. I am honestly a little nervous for that one because I have no idea what to expect. I have heard others say the same as you but overall I have seen better reviews for it than Requiem. Very curious to how I’ll find it. I hope you still enjoy Requiem!

  6. Beneath the Moon and Stars

    I’m actually scared to read this book! I’ve heard so many conflicted feelings and people not liking the ending that I actually fear reading! I don’t want to not love this book because this series is really amazing. Can’t wait to finally be able to read! Awesome review 🙂

    Jasmine

  7. starryeyedjen

    I am in the process of reading this one, so I’m going to come back later to read this review because I tend to let others’ opinions influence my own, and with this book, I really want my thoughts to be my own. But that star rating has me worried. O_O

  8. Alise (Readers In Wonderland)

    Thanks for not putting spoilers in this review, Sara! I haven’t even read Delirium yet so I’m glad nothing was spoiled! I really can’t stand not have closure. Or at least make the main conflict tie up. I guess I’ll have to read to find out. Great review!

    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      Last book in series are so hard because you don’t want to reveal anything! And sometimes even thoughts can direct people to what might happen as well. I’m glad I didn’t reveal anything for you!

  9. Sel

    I have a few friends who are crazy about Alex and I forwarded them this review since they were pulling their hair out over the last cliffhanger 😉 Love your review! Sad that it didn’t wrap up that nicely though… I’m dying to know who Lena ends up with, fingers crossed that it’s Alex (for the sake of my sanity since my friends will turn my whole world upside down if it turns out to be Julian) *grins*

  10. Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    Okay I’ve heard from a few people now that the ending isn’t satisfying at all. UGH that’s so frustrating, because I loved the first two books so much.

    Also I guess it could work to have Hana’s POV, but really I think that’s almost wasted. There is so much other stuff that could be focused on, other than her, but I could be wrong.

    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      That is true. I didn’t mind Hana’s POV and it does benefit the story in ways but it would have been nice as well if she had nixed it, and added more to the ending instead.

  11. Vivien

    Yes, this is one of those times when I could use a 1/2 star on Goodreads. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate the end. It just was. I wish I could say, yes, Oliver had intended the series to end like this. But it doesn’t feel like it. So I don’t know. Overall, it was good. But it’s not one of my favorites.

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