Sunday, July 28, 2013

Requiem (Delirium Series #3) by Lauren Oliver

I recently got the third and final book in the Delirium Series, Requiem, from my local library.  Here's the cover and the Goodreads blurb:
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.
This book switched between Hana and Lena's points of view.  It could be a bit jarring to switch between the two but it really gives the reader a better understanding of what is happening on the inside and out in the Wilds.  Lena has so much going on in her days.  She has to worry about love, boys, jealousy, her mom, her friends, the government and even simply having enough to eat.  Hana's chapters focus on her impending marriage and how she feels now that she has been cured.  The pace is pretty fast and furious in this book as the "civilization" begins to fall apart.  The resistance is well, resisting but they are also trying to bring more and more people to the cause.  The debate of safety vs. freedom is raging across the country.  It's a really dynamic book.  I thought that the ending was just what the series needed but if you want everything resolved and tied up neatly at the end- you probably won't like this ending.

You can click here to find the Delirium Series on Goodreads.  Lauren Oliver can be found on her website, on Tumblr, on Twitter and you can like her author page on Facebook.  I give Requiem 3 Fairies for a fitting ending to the Delirium Series.

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