Friday, March 1, 2013

Review: Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver

  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Source: eARC from the publisher via Edelweiss for review
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*This is the third and final book in the series! The synopsis, as well as my review may contain spoilers for the first two books, but will not have any spoilers for this book! 
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 fiancĂ©e 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.

My Thoughts 

I really loved the first two books in this series, so I was really excited about how it would all end. I wanted to love this book, I really did, but it was very blah for me. I don't know if it was the addition of Hana's POV or if the story just lacked for me in this final installment, but I didn't love it. That's not to say that I didn't like it because I did like certain aspects of it, but as a whole I was a bit disappointed.

Lena annoyed me a lot in this book. I understand that things are a bit complicated now with Alex back in the picture, but  they are pretty much on the verge of an all out war and she is so consumed with Alex and her feelings for him and her feelings about Julian that I felt she was being so incredibly selfish and immature at times. She is no doubt a tough girl, especially after everything she has been though and learned, but I wish that she had let more of that strength and bravery out more often. It was like she was too busy feeling sorry for herself, and trying to make Alex jealous to do what needed to be done until the last minute.

Now Hana is a character who I didn't really care for much anyways, but this book did her no favors. I understand why we needed her POV to understand the other side of things and not just the resistance, but I thought that a lot of it was just filler stuff and not necessary. I did enjoy getting to know certain things and how the stories came together eventually, but I didn't really need to go through the details of the dinners and wedding planning and such. Yes, there were some important details put in there, but I would have been happy with a little less of Hana's POV. It didn't seem to move the story along as much as Lena's did.

So obviously things get a bit intense in this one. The regulators are now coming down even harder on the resistance, we uncover all sorts of secrets, and we are dealing with a lot of personal drama. Besides that there is some great action, and I did like where the story went, but I didn't really feel any of the emotion that I felt in the first two books. Where in the first two books my emotions were on level ten, this book had them barely hovering above a one. I wasn't as invested in the characters as I wanted to be. And that ending?! Seriously I kind of wanted to throw the book out the window when I finished. I was really sad that this book had me feeling so underwhelmed being that this was previously one of my favorite series. I just felt very disconnected with this one, and I wanted more of a resolution at the end.



27 comments:

  1. Everyone is disappointed with this book it seems. *cry* That's such a shame. I'm sorry you didn't love it! I'm a little nervous about reading it myself now.

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    1. I almost felt like this book was like, "hmm time to just end this thing." I was so excited for it and it just didn't do much for me. I really do think that having Hana's POV added in was a big part of that. I just couldn't connect like in the previous books.

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  2. My cousin read this and really liked it, but she was sure a lot of readers wouldn't. I've just not had any desire to read the series. I'm sorry it didn't end well for you. That's the worst.

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    1. It made me so sad. I loved the first two and they had me an emotional mess, but this one made me feel nothing. I didn't care how things ended up really. It's a shame because the series was so awesome up to this point and then it just didn't end well for me.

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  3. I loved it but I hated the ending. To be honest I looked up spoilers before I started though so I had time to get used to the ending and so then when I got to it, it wasn't as bad as I thought. So open but the writing was still beautiful and powerful. I liked both Lena and Hana's POV. I didn't like Lena flipping back and for the between Julian and Alex. I thought Hana was interesting because I always wanted to see the way someone who was cured thought.

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    1. It's not that I didn't like some parts of Hana's POV, but I thought a lot of it was just unnecessary and was really taking away from the important stuff in the series. I just thought the end wasn't really an end. So much was still left unresolved.

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  4. No! I am looking forward to this one so much. I don't want to be disappointed. You aren't the first underwhelmed review I've read. At least I'm warned going in. Wonderful review :-)

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    1. I know!! It's so sad when you are really looking forward to a book and it lets you down, especially the last book of the series. I always want the series to end on a high note. I knew going into it that it would probably let me down since I had read a lot of meh reviews for it before I read it.

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  5. I'm so bummed, I seem to be reading a lot of reviews that feel the same way. I have a feeling I'm going to feel like I was left hanging with the unresolved ending. Great review, in any case!

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    1. Yeah, I think it was better knowing going into it that it was letting a lot of people down. I was still excited for it, but I lowered my expectations. My disappointment could have been much worse had I still had high hopes.

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  6. I skimmed your review, because I still need to read the first book. I know...I'm a slacker. ;)

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    1. Haha!! Not a slacker, just busy. I get that. :)

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  7. I REALLY loved the first two books, and felt nearly identical to you on book 3. :/

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    1. Yes, I think I gave the first two both 5 star ratings, and this one was just blah!!

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  8. Oh how disappointing :( although I'm still going to read it because of that compulsion to finish series that I start....but knowing there are some issues....

    And I never liked Hana either ;-)

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    1. I am like that too, wanting to finish a series if I have invested the time in it and having to know how it turns out. Though I didn't finish the Matched trilogy because Crossed made me want to bang my head on the wall repeatedly. I didn't care how it ended after that book lol!!

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    2. Speaking of that series, and for me.. I hated Crossed, but Reached was a vast improvement and I loved it. More so because of Xander, but yeah, lol

      I have heard that people didn't like this book much. And I know the ending is pretty open ended, which makes me think she did it that way to apease both fanbases. *shrug*.
      But this also feels like the ending to Strange Angels by Lili St Crow. There was no choice there either. It was open and left to your own interpretation. Sure, that could be a good thing, but we read this books for a bloody conclusion damnit.

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  9. I'm so bummed to hear this, though I've been hearing it quite a bit. Makes me want someone to completely spoil it so I don't have to read it lol

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    1. haha!! There have been a few books that I have felt that way about.

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    2. LOL. Sometimes I feel that way about my book. Can't I just TELL you how the trilogy ends so I don't have to through the pain of writing it? :D

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    3. Lol!!! Oh you love it!!

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  10. I haven't read these books yet, but it seems like no one really liked the last book. Makes me wonder why? Since I have no clue what anyone is talking about, in context, that is! Great review though!

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  11. Okay, I'm not reading your review. I'm so worried about not liking this book and getting the conclusion I NEED, I don't need any help stressing about it. Your 3 stars concerns me, but it's one that has been getting mixed reviews. Only a few more days and I can find out for myself!

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  12. You're not the first one who seems underwhelmed by this book it's too bad I was just gong to start the series but it's kind of a downer knowing the end is only ok. I am still super curious about the series though and I just got the audiobook from your rec so I'll prob give it a try :)

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  13. Wow, I keep seeing mixed reviews for this book and it makes me sad. I'm not reading your review yet since I still haven't read Panda, but I am sorry this wasn't quite as good as you'd hoped, April. :(

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  14. I've only read book one so I didn't read this but the 3 stars has me sad. I wanted more from this.

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  15. Merp NOOOO D: I'm sorry you didn't love this one but Hana's point of view does seem a little tediously boring from the way you described it. And I hate when normally super touch MCs end up being really whiny immature ones that I JUST WANT TO STRANGLE because they're acting the way they are. AHHH. Awesome review though, I think I need to take this off my wishlist it sounds like one of those books that has AMAZING first books, and then when you get to the last one it just stops flying and falls down and IT JUST CAN'T GET BACK UP.

    AHHHH.

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