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.

Pandemonium – book review

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Pandemonium is the second incredible book in the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver. Love: It will kill you and save you, both…

Pandemonium starts immediately after Delirium ends:  Lena is running away from the electric-wired fence and further into the wilds. After endless days and nights of running, Lena is found by the ‘Invalids’, the people who resisted the ‘cure’ and escaped the cities. From the start of the book, the chapters alternate between ‘then’ (when Lena is adjusting to the hardships of the Wilds) and ‘now’ (as Lena becomes a resistance fighter for the Delirium Free Association in New York).

Lena still longs for Alex. But Lena’s life changes forever when she and the son of the head of the DFA, Julian, are kidnapped. Lena is kept hostage with Julian, and she feels they are the complete opposite of each other because of Julian’s association to the DFA and Lena’s undercover spying of the DFA for the other Invalids. But really, when they begin to understand each other a bit more, Lena discovers perhaps they aren’t that different after all…

But should Lena trust Julian? Should she let him into her life? Lena’s life will never be the same…

I really enjoyed reading the second book in the Delirium series. I felt that it was a must to read Pandemonium because of the cliff-hanger left at the end of Delirium. And yet again, I was left with another cliff-hanger. If you have read Delirium and are contemplating whether or not the read Pandemonium, I definitely recommend reading it. This book is very different to Delirium in the way that it is split into ‘now’ and ‘then’. Admittedly, I got a bit confused about what was going on at the start of the book with the ‘now’ and ‘then’, but then I figured it out and I really liked how Lauren Oliver did that. I think it kind of added another layer to the story because we could get the past and present at the one time, rather than the story always being in one time. I loved all the new characters I got to know, especially Julian. I also learned about the people in the Wilds and how they really lived, which I found really interesting. I found Pandemonium a really enjoyable read and I can’t wait to read Requiem. I was left with such a cliff-hanger and I really need to know how things work out for Lena. I actually screamed at the end of the book because of how suddenly and unexpectedly it ended. I really liked Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver and I would give it a score of 8.5 out of 10. I can’t wait to read the next book!

Delirium – book review

Delirium

Delirium is the first astoundingly beautiful book in its series by Lauren Oliver.

There once was a time where love was considered the most important thing in the world. Everyone craved it. People would go to the end of the earth to find it, tell lies for it, and even kill for it…

But then they found a cure. Scientists were able to eradicate love and the government demands everyone receives the cure when they turn eighteen. Lena looks forward to the day she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain. Life will be measured, safe and peaceful.

Once Lena is Cured, she will live out her life like every other adult. She will be matched to someone who is chosen for her based on similar interests and will be set on a specific career course. The Cureds are mostly unexpressive and unemotional, but safe from the disease. Well, except for those on whom the surgery hasn’t worked and those who resist the treatment entirely and escape to the Wilds.

But then with only ninety-five days until Lena’s cure, she does the unimaginable…

I thought Delirium had a fascinating story line. I grabbed me from the very beginning and it entwined me into the world where love was considered dangerous and deadly. I absolutely loved how Lauren Oliver showed me this dystopian world and introduced me to some really interesting characters. I liked Lena’s character and how she changed so much during the book. Every chapter held new secrets. I couldn’t wait to read what happened next and what Lena would do. Although the story line was really attention grabbing, I found some parts a bit slow. But overall I loved how this new society functioned and I really loved when Lena was doing her first evaluation towards the start of the book. I was constantly trying to imagine what the world would be like if love really was considered a disease. If I were born into that world, would I take the cure? This book was really thought provoking and I loved every twist in the plot. I would give Delirium by Lauren Oliver a score of 8.5 out of 10.