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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Requiem (Delirium #3)
by Lauren Oliver
HarperCollins
ISBN: 978-0-06-201453-5
Suggested Ages: 12+
Buy from Indigo

Description: 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



The Good Stuff
  • Perfect ending to a brilliant series
  • Exceptional character development - I detested Lena at the beginning of this trilogy and was disgusted with her acceptance of her life & ended up cheering and hoping for her
  • The ending is so wonderful. If Oliver never writes anything else about these characters you can be satisfied and left with a sense of hope. At the same time it leaves it open if she wants to write more she can - brilliant
  • Oliver is a gifted storyteller. Everything feels so very real and you are emotionally invested in the characters
  • Kept on the edge of my seat about what was going to happen
  • Really makes you think about love - at times it does feel like a disease - and maybe we would all be better without it -- but at the same time it is the thing that gives us purpose
  • Last page is beautiful and wise

The Not So Good Stuff
  • A little too angsty with the two love interests - hey I am old, this sort of thing irritates me at times
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Who knows? Maybe they're right. 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."

"How can someone have the power to shatter you to dust - and also to make you feel so whole."

"I like seeing the Wilds this way: skinny, naked, not yet clothed in spring. But reaching, too, grasping and growing, full of want and thirst for sun that gets slaked a little bit more   every day.  Soon the Wilds will explode, drunk and vibrant."

"This is the strange way of the world, that people who simply want to love are instead forced to become warriors."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Obviously if you enjoyed the other two books in the trilogy,  you will love this
  • You have to read the other two stories first - won't make sense unless you do
5 Dewey's

I purchased this from Chapters Shawnessy because I read the rest of the series and loved it

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