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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Book Review: Requiem

Release Date: March 5, 2013
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperTeen
Length: 391 pages

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 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.

Review:

Protagonists: This book is told from two different perspectives, Lean and her former and now cured best friend, Hana. While Lena prepares to retaliate against the government's invasion of the Wilds, while Hana worries about her upcoming marriage to the new Mayor of Portland and the fact that she still dreams and worries for Lena.  Both of their stories are enjoyable, but I felt that having them interspersed throughout the book with alternating chapters threw off the story a bit. Though if the author had to have both perspectives this is the best way I could think of her doing it, as having it told in chunks of Lena's whole story and then Hana's story or vice versa would have only thrown it off more.

Romance: My one wish for this book was for them to handle the romance well. For the reintroduction of Alex, now that we know he's alive, to work smoothly into this romance. However, right from the start it seems as though the reader had to choose a side along with Lena, if they hadn't already. One of the things I love about traditional love triangles is that I never have to feel like I have to pick a side because there's always one that's more predictable than the other or they're both so great that I didn't care who the protagonist ends up with. This is not the case for this romance, because through most of this book I wasn't sure who Lena would choose, which is normally a good thing because I don't like love triangles that are too predictable, but it just felt off here.

World-Building: The main world-building element that I noticed was seeing the world through the eyes of a cured citizen and how it changes this character. We also learn that the Cure doesn't take away everything and that deep down there's a spark of something familiar waiting to light a fire. We also learn more about the resistance and see more of the higher ranked resisters. We also learn what became of Lena's family after she ran away to the Wilds and how they are faring. Though the best part of this book was that there is way more action than in the other books combined. Finally we find out secrets that were long hidden, experience betrayal at the hands of a believed friend, and come face to face with Lena's past.

Predictability: This was another aspect that was also off. It seemed that there weren't many twists or unexpected moments, and when there were they were pushed to end and even then the twist seemed more like they were trying to be used for shock value rather than things that could have naturally occurred under the nose of our heroine. Though i do have to admit that there were a few twists that

Ending: Finally, the ending was disappointing. It's not that it wasn't good it was, but it seems that it could have used an epilogue, which I personally believe every ending needs to leave the readers with a feeling of finality and to leave them with as little questions about the characters they've come to care for as possible. Even then I've read great endings that don't end with epilogues that have a better sense of finality than this. It's as if there's just a few more details that should have been said but it cut off before they could be.

Rating:


I was pretty disappointed by this final installment. I had liked it a lot up til the ending when everything started to crumble and fall down. The redeeming quality and the reason this didn't get 3 stars was the action scenes. I loved reading about them, though again the end could have used a few more since it was slightly lacking in that department. But over all it was good, though my favorite of this series remains to be Pandemonium.

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2 comments:

  1. Wow, you rated it higher than me. I gave it a 3. I love Oliver's writing, but I had many of the same issues as you. I felt the dual POV took away from Lena's story. I also felt that Lena back tracked and went from strong to wussy, for lack of a better term. I hated how she led both boys on. I didn't feel her connection with either of them in this book and that really bugged the crap out of me. And I really wasn't happy with the ending. Authors are going to choose to end the story the way they want and I cannot fault them for that. It's their artistic right, but I just felt like I was left hanging from a story line that will not continue and it bugged me. I didn't feel ANY closure at all. Oliver made a video about the ending after it was released and explained she wanted the reader to come to their own conclusion. I can respect that, but I just felt like it wasn't just coming up with my own conclusion, it was being left dangling and not sure where to go. For me, an epilogue would have solved it for sure. Even Mockinjay, which I didn't love, had one, and this book kind of reminded me of that trilogy ending.

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  2. I agree the ending was just abrupt! I would have loved to have had more resolution! I completely agree with the Brooke on the fact that I didn't feel her connection to either of the guys. And while I think it's pretty clear who she chose I wish she would have chosen differently or at the very least I would have liked to see her choose and tell guys her decision.

    Also, my favorite of the series was Pandemonium! I think we might be in the minority there though. Most people seemed to have loved Delirium more.

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