ARC Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Requiem (Delirium, #3)Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Release Date: March 5 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: ARC Paperback
Pages: 400
Series: Delirium #3
Genre: YA/Dystopian
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Synopsis:
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 fiancĂ©e of the young mayor. 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.

My Thoughts:
To say that this is not how I thought the series was going to end would be an extreme understatement.
I am still not completely sure how I feel about it. I sort of feel unresolved.

The book was amazing don't get me wrong. There is just a lot that was left to the imagination. I am not saying that I love for everything to be wrapped up in a neat little bow, but Lauren left A LOT to be desired. This whole series is about making your own choices and choosing your own destiny and being allowed to love who you want even when it's messy and unpredictable. I flew through the pages of Requiem and I loved the fast-paced setting. 

There was no way for Lauren to wrap up this amazing story in just 400 pages. Lena's journey felt far from over for me. Her relationships with Julian and Alex were tested and strained to the max. But we never find out where her heart truly lies. But I guess that's the point right?

We find Lena's mother comes back into the picture but I almost felt like what was the point? I am not really sure where that relationship was supposed to go. Lauren introduces us to some new characters which didn't sit well with me only because I feel like she opened the door to these new lives only to shut it so quickly. 

I loved that this was written from both Hana's and Lenas POV's. The insight into Hanas character was great. It gives us another glimpse into the not so perfect world that was believed to have been created. There are definitely some heartbreaking moments in Requiem. Some tough loss's and deep betrayals.

Requiem to be honest is not my favorite story out of the series. It was just as well written and Lauren sucks you into her world just as much as the first two books, but I just felt like there wasn't enough closure for me. There is just so much more story to tell. 

The emotion pours off the pages and your heart will break with the ending of this absolutely amazing trilogy!

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  1. Ugh I hate that I keep reading that the book is unresolved. I loved the first two books, and I have a feeling I won't fully enjoy this one either, despite the good parts.