Thursday, July 18, 2013

Thorough Thursday: Requiem (#3) by Lauren Oliver


Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Book 3 in a trilogy
5/5 stars
My reviews for:  Delirium and Pandemonium

Can I just cry right now????  This book was epic.  (It was my Best of the Bunch choice for March!)  I know it received a lot of questionable reviews...I saw some where the reviewer said, "5 stars for the first 3/4th, 1 star for the last 1/4th."  I had NEVER seen that in all my 3 years of book blogging, so I was really nervous to start this.

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...
Forests
Rivers
Danger
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)

Summary
(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.

3 comments:

  1. I totally need to start this series. I have Delirium on my shelf, and I bought it so long ago that it has the very first cover -- the original teal one where the girl's face is hidden. I really, really want to start it, especially since it ALMOST was made into a show. Your review was great, and only strengthened my suspicions...that this is a must read :) (Becca @ Nawanda Files)

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  2. Briana @ Bree's BooksJuly 18, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    YAY for someone else that actually loved this book! I've seen so many people mad it this ending, but I loved it and all its open-endedness. With everything the society in this book stands for, I can't believe people think Oliver could have wrapped it all up in a pretty neat bow -- that is so not how things work, realistically speaking. And I admire her for that. She left it off on a good, hopeful note, which is all I really wanted.

    Everything else, such as the love triangle, was handled well too, I think. She didn't flat-out say who Lena ends up with, but it was very much implied, which I loved.

    I had my doubts going in, after not loving book two, but this one made up for it. So glad you liked it!

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  3. Kay @ It's a Book LifeJuly 19, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    I'm glad the ending didn't bother you either! I'm not a huge fan of this last book but it was still a very enjoyable read. I loved getting Hanna's viewpoint and the ending just worked. :)

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