Saturday, March 9, 2013

Book Review | Requiem | Lauren Oliver


Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver

Hardcover391 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by HarperCollins Children's Books


They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past. 
But we are still here. 
And there are more of us every day. 
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. 
Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.
Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.
But we have chosen a different road. 
And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.
We are even free to choose the wrong thing.
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. (Goodreads Summary)

 “Who knows? Maybe they’re right. Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings. Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it. But we have chosen a different road. And in the end that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.We are even free to choose the wrong thing.” 

I am a huge Lauren Oliver fan. I find her writing to be poetic, gripping and just overall heart wrenching. That description encompasses everything I have read by her, including the Delirium Triology. I was infected with the deliria half way through Delirium and I am still hopelessly lost to the disease.

Requiem is the third and final story of this world where love is considered a disease and people are forced to have a cure as an antidote. Lena finds love in book one, and that love drives her into the wilds, away from the seemingly perfect world she knew and into the unknown.

I'll admit, this book was not perfect (though it was very close). In Delirium, the love is the story. I thought that aspect could have been hyped up a little bit in this one. Of course with a love triangle there was certainly a gallon of tension on each page. I just maybe would have liked a bit more...you know...kissing.

Regardless, I was still captivated. Since the story is seen in both Lena's perspective in the wilds, and Hana's perspective from inside the city, the romance seemed to take a back seat. However, I thought the two perspectives served their purpose in enriching the story arc.

So...we have team Alex and we have team Julian. I'm not going to give any clues to who she chooses (if either). I will say that the decision she made was the right one. And that Lauren Oliver successfully avoided making the book seem too love triangly. And your heart will feel like it is on a yo-yo.

This series is a story of human nature, of free-will and freedom of choice.  And the juxtaposition of two worlds where people fight for their freedom and others concede. Lena has a beautiful voice that gets frustrating at times because emotions and feelings are frustrating. With love comes hate and allowing yourself to feel means allowing yourself to bleed. This is a beautiful trilogy of love that leads to finding oneself despite a world that tries to tell you who to be.


“All of you, wherever you are: in your spiny cities, or your one-bump towns. Find it, the hard stuff, the
links of metal and chink, the fragments of stone filling your stomach. And pull, and pull, and pull.I will make a pact with you: I will do it if you will do it, always and forever.Take down the walls.” 
― Lauren OliverRequiem

OH...

Have you heard about this possible Delirium Television series? Eeek! I just know it will be amaze.

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