Requiem – book review

Requiem

Requiem is the third, and sadly last, book in the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver.

Lena is different now. All she ever wanted was freedom. She wanted freedom to live without rules, freedom to say what she wants, and most of all, freedom to love who she wants. But the Wilds aren’t exactly what she’d planned. She is surrounded by war, people fighting and friends dying. This isn’t what she wanted. But for good to happen, bad needs to happen sometimes, right? Everything will turn out okay in the Wilds, won’t it?

After rescuing Julian, she and her friends have retreated back to the safety of the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer safe. The rebellion has opened up in parts of the country and the government can no longer pretend that the Invalids don’t exist. Regulators surround the borders around the Wilds, but they aren’t going to be patient. If the rebels and Invalids don’t come to them, they’re going to have to go into the Wilds and hunt them down…

Whilst Lena is surviving day to day in the Wilds, her best friend Hana is living a safe, loveless life back in Portland. Soon, Hana will marry the Mayor’s son, but things aren’t as good as they seem. Hana’s fiancée isn’t as wonderful as meets the eye. The more Hana questions Fred’s past, the closer she becomes to finding out the shocking truth of his life and what happened to his previous wife…

I loved the finale to the beautiful Delirium series. What I loved most about it was the fact that its told from both Lena’s and Hana’s point of view. I’ve read Hana: A Delirium Short Story, which is told from Hana’s point of view, and I loved it. To have almost half of Requiem told from Hana’s point of view was a real privilege. Never before had I known what Hana’s real story was and what happened to her after the end of Delirium, and now I’m fully satisfied. I think including Hana’s point of view was part of what really made the story so outstandingly attention grabbing. There was never a boring moment in the book. Whether I was in the Wilds with Lena or in the city with Hana, I was constantly wondering what would happen to both of them and if they would finally become happy at the end of the book. For me, the ending was one of the best endings of a series that I’ve ever read. It didn’t fully end the story, which is what I love. It left me room to imagine what the characters would do next and what would happen to them in the future. But then again, I’m sad to see this beautiful series come to an end. I loved the Delirium series and won’t be sad to read it again. I absolutely loved Requiem by Lauren Oliver and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10.

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