Saturday, August 10, 2013

Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver - Paul's Review

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Title: Requiem (Delirium #3)

Author: Lauren Oliver
Year Published: 2013

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Paul's Pre-Reading

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.

With lyrical writing, Lauren Oliver seamlessly interweaves the peril that Lena faces with the inner tumult she experiences after the reappearance of her first love, Alex, the boy she thought was dead. Sophisticated and wide-ranging, Requiem brings the Delirium trilogy to a thrilling conclusion.

Review: That last book in a trilogy. Many of the YA dystopian trilogies that appeared right after the dystopian boom are coming to a close. Lauren Oliver started this trilogy with such an interesting concept. Love is a disease, a disease that must be eradicated. Many of the YA trilogies out there have forced love triangles, but love as a concept is integral to this series. The relationships make sense. 

The first half of Delirium didn't really do it for me, but the second half really dragged me in. When Pandemonium came around, I was hooked immediately. I loved the second book in this trilogy. Perspective and timeline were played with in such an interesting way. Lauren Oliver continued to play with perspective in this third book, Requiem.

Requiem is from the perspective of Lena and Hana. Lena has been the main character the whole trilogy, but we haven't heard much of Hana since the first book. At the start of this book, Hana's story drew me in a lot more than Lena's. Hana's story got better, but Lena's story was the highlight of the book for me. 

The side characters in this trilogy are all very interesting and the novellas that take place in the same universe give so many more details into the characters. I really enjoyed the character of Lucian in this novel. I found Alex annoying. And, Fred was just super creepy (almost Joffreylike).

By the end of the novel, the two storylines come together perfectly. The end was done so well. It was a great culmination of the trilogy. I especially liked that there was not an epilogue delivered in a nice pretty bow like The Hunger Games or Harry Potter. I give this book a 5/5

I HIGHLY recommend this trilogy! Unlike many other trilogies, it only gets better. This third book was the best and the companion novellas are amazing as well!


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