Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Book 3 in a trilogy
Fortunately for me, I'm one of the people in this world who believes it deserves 5 stars from beginning to end. I don't really know how to describe what it did for me - my heart was broken and whole all at once. Everything made sense. If it had happened any differently, I don't know...maybe I would have liked it, but it wouldn't have had that shocking, real-life kind of feeling it gave me.
By real life, I mean this: Things happen. Our stories are played out in our lives. Once one battle is won (or lost) your life doesn't just stop. It keeps going. It's not the end. Some things are left unsaid. Some things aren't finished. Some questions you won't have the answers to. Sure, that sucks sometimes, but it's life.
Requiem earned my absolute respect and all my love because of this: It doesn't "end". I feel like there is more that will happen, so much more. I also think that...it had to stop sometime. There was sooo much work to be done after the climax that it could have gone on and on and on.
Basically, I loved where she left it. It had me gasping. For those of you who have read it, highlight this: OMG I'M SO HAPPY WHO SHE ENDED UP WITH YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!! That was ALL I ever REALLY wanted for this series!! ;) (End spoiler.) And on top of that ^^ the character development left me breathless, and the gorgeous prose was like a lullaby. And Hana...a;sldfkja;slgj;askldjf!!!! I just. I mean. UGH.
It was, to say the least, beautiful.
Anyways. If you loved the first two, PLEASE give this one a try. Sure, it's a daunting one to pick up, but trust me, it's WORTH IT. And I feel if you're prepared for the ending, it won't be as much of a bummer as it was to some people.
This book reminds me of...
Sacrificial love (my favorite kind)
Growth in character
Searching for beauty, especially in the unexpected
LOVE (because that's really what it's all about)
(Spoilers for the first 2 books!)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.