Monday, September 29, 2014

Book Review: Requiem (Delirium Book #3) by Lauren Oliver


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Requiem Discussion
Title: Requiem
Series: Delirium #3
Author: Lauren Oliver
Hardcover, 391 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by HarperCollins Children's Books
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Recommendation.  
Fans of the following series:  Divergent, The Hunger Games, The Selection, Matched, Eve, and Uglies will enjoy this book. Pretty much if you are a teen girl who likes trilogies that can only be described as dystopian romance, then try this book!


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If you have not read the only two books, you may want to read them before reading this review... no one like spoilers!

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Summary.
Before I get started let me just say this book pulls a “Divergent” as in two books are written with one narrator, and the final book has two.  Instead of just being in Lena’s point of view the book alternates between Lena’s and Hana’s.  I thought this was very interesting because we finally get to see inside the mind of a Cured.

Shortly after rescuing Julian Fineman from being executed, Lena, Raven, Tack, and the gang realize the Wilds have a new danger.  As if starvation, dehydration, infection, hyperthermia, bombs from helicopters, and attacks by wild animals weren’t enough now the Regulators have begun invading the Wilds on foot to rid it of the Invalids.  Raven’s crew is going on a journey to find the Waterbury camp where it is said that hundreds of Invalids are living and ready to fit for the cause (to abolish the cure). 

Lena, not only has to deal with the daily trials of liking in the Wilds, but also has to sort out her feelings about Alex who has told her he doesn’t and never did love her.  Even though she has Julian’s affection and admiration, Lena has a hard time seeing Alex interact with the newest member of the caravan, Coral.

Hana has now been cured, she is paired with the future mayor—Fred, and she has begun planning an elaborate wedding, but Hana isn’t happy.  She feels like her procedure may not have worked as well as it could have.  Hana still dreams, has growing doubts about Fred, and worst of all feels a large amount of guilt and responsibility for Lena’s Invalidation.  Hana learns that Fred Hargrove is not the kind, loving man he seems to be.  He has control issues and is cruel to both her and the poor citizens of Portland. Hana discovers that Fred was married once before to a girl named Cassandra.  He got rid of her for asking too many questions.  Hana fears for her life and the life’s of the Portland citizens.  Hana feels she must repay Lena’s family in some way for their kindness to her. 

Review.
I thought this book was a good ending to the series.  It was realistic and didn’t just end happily.  I thought the emotions of many of the character seemed very realistic. I think the series ended with just the right amount of happiness, saddness, closure, and unanswered questions.

Likes.
·      Lena’s conflict about her feelings towards Alex, Julian, and Coral seems very realistic and Lena-like.
·      Raven and Tack, I love their relationship.  They are both good leaders, but always bickering and arguing.
·      I was very glad to see Portland through Hana’s eyes.  It was good to know that there was still some humanity in her after her procedure.
·      I liked the realness of the Waterbury community.   I don’t want to give anything away, but I’m glad it wasn’t the paradise they were looking for.
Dislikes.
·      Not giving anything away but… Lu. OMG Lu!



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