Thursday, May 9, 2013


Review: Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver

Summer’s here! That means I finally get to read books that I choose. Last summer I read the first two books in the Delirium series and have since been (impatiently) waiting for the release of the final installment, Requiem. 

Requiem is set up with the chapters alternating between Lena and Hana’s viewpoints. This causes the plot to go quite slow which I didn’t particularly enjoy. Most of the book consists of the Resistance planning a way to grow and eventually infiltrate. The Resistance has grown since the first two books and the government has started to recognize this. They must now avoid Regulators in the Wilds. The members of the Resistance don’t necessarily want to fight, but they know they must in order to gain their freedom. While Hana’s plot was somewhat tedious to read, I found her insights regarding her change after the surgery fascinating and her plot-line helped set up the ending wonderfully.

Lena’s story was much more fast-paced than Hana’s but most of the story still doesn’t pick up until the last few chapters. She is unsurprisingly caught in a love triangle between Alex and Julian. Usually I would roll my eyes at this “necessary” inclusion, but I think this book warrants it. It shows that there are both good and bad sides to love. I wouldn’t go as far as calling it a disease as the government in the book does; however, being stuck in that triangle suitably reflects the quote “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.” The resistance is not unaware to these downfalls as the government might assume. They merely want choice.

One of my favorite parts of the story was the reference to Solomon. It tied in well with the events of the book (I won’t give spoilers) and also made me think. The Book of Shh tells a revised version of the story while Lena later learns the real version. By having a story so famous told and enforced in a new way, I can’t help but wonder if this has ever been done to us. Need I say, I read to many dystopian novels?

After finishing the book, I could guess that many people would be unhappy with the ending, but I was content. I didn't get as much enjoyment reading most of the book as I did with the first two, but liked the way Hana and Lena’s stories were able to connect at the end and give the reader something to contemplate. I will warn that if you dislike vague endings, you may not think as highly as I did of Requiem's resolution.

I  give this book a 3.5/4 out of 5 star rating and I certainly recommend reading the series.

What did you think? Have you read any of this series?