Lauren Oliver’s Requiem

Review – Requiem by Lauren Oliver

requiemThe story of Lena Holloway who was 95 days away from being cured and looking forward to it until she meets the mysterious and sweet Alex unfolds through Delirium, Pandemonium and ends in Requiem.

Requiem is the final book in the Delirium series, a trilogy about a future where love is illegal. Lena, Julian and Alex are three of a large group of Invalids, people who have not taken the cure for love and live beyond the fences of civilization.

The book is split into two perspectives: Lena and Hana, Lena’s best friend from her days as a law-abiding citizen. This can be annoying, as with Pandemonium, but it’s just something that you have to get used to. Here, it’s more fitting. As the resistance builds, it’s interesting to learn about those on both sides of the fence and particularly a character that we know of in some depth already.

Requiem could very easily have descended into a book completely about a love triangle. Fortunately, it’s not like that. I really admire the way Lauren Oliver keeps the romance subdued in this instalment. There are bigger things to deal with and I’m glad that they are the focus.

In terms of plot, it’s much more lacking than the first two books. There are definitive plot points, but a lot of middle. There are obviously some character deaths, as with any novel that involves fighting, but the perhaps the most poignant one had little effect on me as it was so near to the end of the book that there was no time to mourn. Nevertheless, I think that’s reflective of the situation that Lena is in – there is no time to stop and cry, you just have to move on.

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 can’t say that I didn’t like this book, because I did. I thought the ending was good, the characters showed development and the story continued on in a way that is fitting. BUT. I wanted more explanation for a lot of the things that happened, like Hana’s revelation about Lena and Alex, like the person Lena chooses in the end and why I didn’t feel post-series-sadness after turning the last page. However, I will always love the Delirium series and this book doesn’t change that.

Rating: ★★★☆

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