Mar 18, 2013
Book Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver
by Lauren Oliver
Published by: Harper Collins
On: March 5th, 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: My purchase
This is the finale in the Delirium trilogy so there may be spoilers.
This conclusion had everything we were waiting for. The building tension between the cured and uncured, between members of the Wilds, between Lena and Alex and Julian. It starts right up in the action and throws us back into their world. I love that. I don't like how some sequels take place a long time later, and we feel like we missed a lot. This one starts right where it left off. She knows just how to keep you on your toes. Even in the slower parts, there's always something to catch your attention.
The alternating narration is back. Let me tell you, I wanted to dislike this, but Oliver does it so well that it's actually brilliant. When you're in the depths of Lena's story, then you have to switch to Hana's, it can be frustrating for a split second, but then, you're absorbed in Hana's story...and it keeps going like this the whole time...so it becomes impossible to put it down.
The best part of this dual narration is when you can see their stories begin to collide. I won't go into detail, but the chapters get shorter and shorter, and suddenly it's rapid-fire intensity.
This book has a great build-up. It feels as if the whole series builds up to this book. You can feel the excitement charging in the air of this book.
I love her characters. This is really a story about so much more than just Lena and her love triangle. There are mothers, children, wives and friends, and she really shows every angle of love. Every relationship has a dynamic that isn't always so simple. Seeing her interact with Raven, Hunter, and even a few new characters...it's such a well-developed story.
My only complaint...and I won't say any spoilers, but I know there are many who feel the same...the ending was not enough for me.
I'll warn you now...if you are reading this on an eBook, there are excerpts and stuff after the novel, so it ends roughly at 93%! I was not prepared for this...and my heart DROPPED when I reached the end.
I know this was probably a hard story to end. There is no easy way to wrap up this world she has created, but I just feel like she cut some major corners and could have worked harder to create a better conclusion.
I have a theory that there will be more...but that's just me.
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