Young Adult > Dystopia
As her country erupts in open rebellion, Lena fights for the resistance and must make a heartbreaking choice between two loves.
After saving Julian from a death sentence, Lena escapes with him and other members of the resistance. But as she embraces her love for Julian, a boy from her past returns and causes her to question everything.
In the meantime, Lena’s best friend, Hana, is engaged to Portland’s young mayor and is living a safe, proscribed, loveless life. The story is told from both Lena and Hana’s points of view.
As Lena struggles to save the people she loves, everything comes to a head in this exciting finale to Lauren Oliver’s epic trilogy.
Simply put, Requiem is one of the most lacking and disgruntling finales to date.
The dystopian element of this series (ever since Delirium) was inferior enough compared to other dystopian trilogies out there. So when the love triangle element went downhill and eventually became an utter letdown, there was nothing that can save Requiem from this reader’s chagrin. Not even Lauren Oliver‘s intense and captivating writing.
As Lena‘s little Resistance group tried to survive in the Wilds, there were news that Regulators and Scavengers are infiltrating what was left of it. Add to that Lena’s drama over Alex and Julian… the pace of story became somewhat disengaging. Truly, what could a band of misfit teenagers do to make a dent on Deliria-Free America? And how come Lena’s constant fawning over Julian still gives her a right to miss and get jealous over Alex? What? Gah.
As for Hana, her POV was mildly absorbing. But her defiance despite being cured is what I liked about her. Her cured life that was supposed to quietly manage her existence only succeeded in questioning the emotions she recalled when she sees things that reminded her of Lena.
Lena and her friends were looking for the nearest Resistance group they can find, then try to instill as much damage as they can; Hana was looking for redemption for some guilt that she cannot fathom why she even had it. That’s the gist of Requiem.
It bored me really. Then it frustrated me until the bitter end. The love story that I thrived on before was the only thing I hope for. The only thing that can salvage the inadequacy of Pandemonium. And it failed me big time. I still love you, Alex.
Requiem‘s made me irritated and displeased. It was not the finale that will make waves, that I can tell.
#20 Off-the-Shelf Challenge 2013
#9 Dystopia Challenge 2013
REQUIEM by Lauren Oliver
Paperback, 391 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by HarperCollins