January 20, 2013

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Publisher’s summary: This exciting finale to Lauren Oliver's New York Times bestselling Delirium trilogy is a riveting blend of nonstop action and forbidden romance in a dystopian United States.

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.
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My take: What??? That’s it? No more? HEY! Lauren Oliver! Are you REALLY going to leave it there? No FREAKIN’ WAY! Soooooo not cool! I’m not alright with this at all!

Anyways, as for this book! It rocked!!! I literally consumed this book pretty much in just one sitting. And it was phenomenal! Ahem…other than that ending! What the?!?!? I’m going to try really hard to NOT just talk about the ending of Requiem throughout this review…even though that is all I can really think about.

But, before I finish my review, I have to say I’ve noticed that a lot of people are saying they have been not quite happy with this book because of the ending, and I totally understand why. But I think if they did what I did, which was that I put my feelings about the ending aside and instead thought, “If I knew there was going to be another book in this series…what would I think about this one?” And my answer would be, “It’s probably one of the best books I’ve read in a while, and I’m a totally obsessive fan!” No lie! It’s probably my favorite of the three books in the Delirium trilogy.

And the reason is because there were just so many awesome things that happened in this book. This book got my heart seriously pumping with some of the intense moments, it made me shed tears multiple times and, believe it or not, I actually grew to adore Hanna! And from what I hear, if I had read the Hanna Novella before reading Requiem I might not have even liked her! So I hate to say it, but I’m happy I didn’t read it because I really do like her! Overall, my favorite scene in Requiem is an exchange between Alex and Julian!!! It was brilliant! So unbelievably brilliant! Oh, and if you didn’t know, I’m totally Team Alex!

OK…so by now you get the picture…other than that ending, I was super excited and extremely thrilled with this book! There is a lot of action and drama that happens near the end of the book and I loved it…all of it! But it just wasn’t enough. I want more! But I’m going to stop talking before I start revealing some spoilers. Enjoy!

Have you read Requiem yet? If yes, what did you think about that ending? Do you think that Lauren should at least give us a Novella of what happens after the book? If you haven’t read Requiem yet, I’d love it if you would stop by after you’ve read it and tell me your thoughts! OH! And I’m determined to get my hands on the exclusive short story about Alex in the hardcover printing.

Check out the teaser I posted of Requiem HERE!


Kaina said...

ALEX'S SHORT STORY!!?? 0_0 AHEM HOW DID I NOT KNOW OF THIS!? I CANT WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON REQUIEM IT'S LIKE CRAZY :D Your review makes me want to wish I had it like right nowzz. I read Hanna's novella and trust me when I say if you read it you will be very very shocked. Thanks so much for the teaser <3 you forever! Great review :)

Julie@My5monkeys said...

I found the ending meh and I wanted so much more from this book :( there were some good scenes but nothing else

Unknown said...

Hope Lena ended with Alex??? D:

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for the review. I can't wait to read this. It sounds fantastic though I'll have to see what I think about the end.

Unknown said...

I haven't read it but I know the ending and I have to say I am not happy and can see why others are not. LOL I guess I just hoped for more after the torturous end of the first two books in the series. But I am still very much looking forward to this and the scene between Alex & Julian!!?!? Can you say awkward!!! Curious how that plays out!

Lis said...

OMG! Alex short story!!!!!! I didn't know! Thanks for the info!
I'm dying to read this book! Really dying! Even while reading this review my heart was jumping like a crazy!
Great review!!

Kindlemom said...

I have this one up to read soon too and I am so excited but also a little sad because I don't want it to be over!
I am nervous about that ending now! Eeep!

Alba said...

I've read so many things about Lauren Oliver's books... Specially this trilogy...
I've yet to read it but as I can see... It will somehow make my heart break into little pieces and bawl my eyes out... *_*

I'm curious now though... And also scared because... of this ending you're talking about T_T

Anonymous said...

Great review. I haven't read it yet and need to. I picked up the series after Lauren came to our local reading festival last March and I fell in love with her! Been too busy working on my own stuff to read much this year:-(

Amy said...

I have been trying to hold off on reading this one since it doesn't come out until March, but OMG now after your review I feel like I need to read it now!! And I am all about cliffhangers during a series, but I don't like when at the end of a series it's not wrapped up well, so I hope that this ending doesn't make me upset. Now I need to know what it is!! Ahhhhh!! Need to read faster so I can get to Requiem.

Lindy Gomez said...

I can't wait to read this book! I'm team Alex as well! I will be so upset if they don't end up together! It sounds like the ending of this book is inconclusive. If that's the case, I hope Lauren Oliver does write another novella for this series. I enjoyed Hannah's novella. However, Ria didn't. You should check it out :)

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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