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Requiem by Lauren Oliver Review

Because I’m a massive geek, I didn’t get Easter eggs for Easter, I got books! And one of them was the highly anticipated finale of the Delirium trilogy, Requiem. I have been waiting for this book for what seems like FOREVER!! I love finishing series – I get a strange kind of satisfaction from it!  Summary from Goodreads:

reqiuem lauren oliverThey 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.’

Cover/Summary – I have a beautiful blue cover that is gorgeous and looks gorgeous next to my other two books in the trilogy (does anyone else love collecting a book series and having them next to each other on the shelf? I love it). I have to admit, the summary didn’t have much of an effect on me – I read and loved the previous books so it was pretty much a certainty that I was going to read Requiem.

Plot – The plot was a little slow paced, and it took me a little while to really immerse myself back into the world. However, I absolutely loved the switch of viewpoints between Hana/Lena. Hana was one of my favourite characters from the first book and I really wanted to know what had happened to her since! I don’t want to give it away, but I adored the ending – it gave closure, but was also open ended and although I wanted more I was satisfied (if that makes any sense at all).

Characters – Lena’s character growth since the first book is just astonishing – she has grown so much and that is what you want with a character isn’t it? Hana has also grown – more abruptly then Lena but I loved her struggle in Requiem. Because so much was spent on developing Hana and Lena, the two boys and the other characters were a little neglected – they were just there, not really developed at all.

Love Triangles – GRRRR! My hatred of them is never diminished. Although, I didn’t hate the whole Julian/Alex thing as much because they did feel like two separate relationships. Still, it was annoying – I was never in any doubt to who Lena was going to end up with.

Successful conclusion – no and yes! No because I want to find out what happens next! and yes because the ending was beautiful and conclusive and ahhh.

Rave about Lauren Olivers writing – as always Lauren Oliver writes absolutely beautifully, this book is so damn quotable and I just love her writing style – its almost like poetry.

Summary – This book was a great conclusion to one of the most addictive and well written dystopian YA’s I’ve read. I love this trilogy, and I will definitely be re-reading and re-reading them in years to come. A must read for Lauren Oliver’s fans and fans of dystopian.

Time for a little update – I have exams until May 7th, so will be a little quiet until they are all over!! Hopefully I will try and get a blog post up once a week but for the next couple of weeks the only books I will be reading are big, boring law books!! But as soon as I finish I will be back!! So stay tuned

Laura 🙂

 

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