169 – Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver

RequiemI’ve been waiting for this book to come out since reading the first and second installments when they came out in the past couple years.  I didn’t post a review of Delirium, the first book, but you can read my review of Pandemonium, the second in the series, here.  As for this book, the third and final in the trilogy, here’s the Goodreads summary.

“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.”

** spoiler alert **  SOME OF WHAT IS WRITTEN COULD BE SLIGHT SPOILERS.  BE WARNED.

I can’t decide what to rate this book. I think the ending made it worth the 4 stars…but I was definitely at a 3.5 for most of the book.

I don’t know what it was about this book but I found myself disinterested in Lena’s story. I felt there was so much random and unnecessary talk of travel. I know the author was trying to use the travel to show the passage of time, but I found it annoying.

I really enjoyed Hana’s parts of the story. I’m glad we got to see what happened to her and where her story went. I like that she sort-of came back to herself the more the story continued.

It’s weird…..I only kind of liked Alex in the first book. Then in the second book, I LOVED Julian! I thought he was such a great fit for Lena. Then, in this installment, I felt like I saw the real Alex. Lena wasn’t this naive young girl that took everything at face value.

It was nice to see Lena’s growth and change. I loved that she and Hana were able to see each other one more time.

Overall, I’m still mixed on this book. I liked the trilogy, but I think this might be my least favorite of the bunch.
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