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Review: Requiem

requiemTitle: Requiem
Series: Delirium (#3)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Pages: 391

First Line: “I’ve Started dreaming of Portland again.”

“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.” – from

My Thoughts: I have put off writing this review because I’m not sure what I want to say. While Lauren Oliver’s writing is still lovely, I felt like the story didn’t actually take me anywhere. I appreciated Hana’s point of view and hearing about her transformation, but I found myself mostly frustrated with Lena and Alex, and in the end I couldn’t bring myself to care about her relationship with him or Julian. Instead I wanted to hear more about the resistance, maybe learn even more about the side characters, but that didn’t happen. And I’ll try not to write any spoilers, but the ending… I mean really, the ending. I realize it’s meant to be open for interpretation (I guess), but after the pointlessness of the whole book, I didn’t want to interpret it. I didn’t care anymore. There are ways to leave a book open-ended, but still give them some kind of ending, but this book just kind of abruptly stopped. And the climax was so anticlimactic. I’m pretty sure I just stared at the book when I was done, thinking “what just happened?” I really enjoyed Pandemonium, but I felt let down by this one, and I don’t think I’m alone in that.

My Ratings:
Writing: 3/5
Characters: 2/5
Subject: 2/5
Originality: 2/5
Kept me interested: 2/5
Overall Rating: 2/5