Friday, February 1, 2013

Requiem by Lauren Oliver Ends with Possibilities


Well I was very happy that the final book Requiem in Lauren Oliver’s Delirium series was available as an ARC from Edelweiss. I couldn’t wait to read this sucker. The idea of having characters fight against a cure for love is remarkable. Lena, Alex and Julian who are members of the resistance, live in the Wilds, scrounging for food and shelter choosing to fight for what they believe in. In Requiem Lena is torn between two choices that will cause her to experience the worst symptoms of Amor deliria nervosa. The series is amazing because of the talented author Lauren Oliver. She puts her characters in heart pumping situations that will have readers running right along side Lena and Hana in their efforts to find truth and make tough decisions. Your opinion may even change of certain characters. I always thought that Hana, Lena’s BFF was so much fun. But after discovering a HUGE secret that she’d been hiding I literally put my book down and needed a second before continuing. It's a makes me curious if Lauren Oliver had been sitting on this secret from the very beginning of the series. 

The series has recently been confirmed by Lauren Oliver and ordered by Fox to proceed with a pilot for a Delirium television series. This YA series has so many highs and lows that it could only be a television show. I think this is wonderful because so many audiences of all ages will be able to see Lauren Oliver’s vision of a future where love is a disease. I strongly advise that people read the books now.

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Summary:

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.


WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS IF YOU HAVE NOT READ DELIRIUM OR PANDEMONIUM.

We left Lena off at an AMAZING moment when she is ready to love again with Julian, then discovers that may not be so easy if her first love Alex is still alive. I sympathized with Lena more in Requiem than in Pandemonium. She has to deal with Alex who does not make it easy for Lena to try to explain about Julian, Julian who is starting to develop stronger feelings for her, her mom who has been M.I.A. and her role in the resistance. Lena is at a more critical point in her life and portrays a strong young woman ready to crack under the pressure. She’s starting to finally find herself and discovers the power of choice.

Hana was a big surprise in the finale. Lauren Oliver chose to bring Hana in as another POV of the book. So every other chapter is from Hana directly. Hana, Hana, Hana. How you surprised me with your shocking confession. Anyone will feel bad for Hana and the fact that she is now cured and set to marry the young mayor, making her mother very proud. But she will be a juicy challenge for fans in the end. Her story ends in perfect Hana style. I think that Lauren Oliver could easily write another book all about Hana. Her character makes me anxious to see what the television show will offer.

Alex and Julian both have their purpose in Requiem. Alex as expected is a bit cold at first towards Lena. He’s been imprisoned with only the hope of finally seeing her. Seeing that she is with someone new and that she’s different from the Lena he used to know puts him into a challenging corner. Readers will want him to scoop Lena up, forgiving and forgetting. He won’t, but I loved the way Lauren Oliver approached his character in the final book. Alex is seen as someone who needs time, and understands that he needs to give this to Lena as well. There are still flickers of the old Alex within the more evolved version of him that makes him a graceful hero.

Julian stands taller in Requiem. Being the new guy fighting for the resistance he has a lot to prove to the others and himself. He takes more risks by volunteering to do more dangerous missions for the resistance. Whether it’s to get his mind off Lena and Alex or prove something, it makes him more likable. He doesn’t want Lena to feel she still has to take care of him. Readers will see more of the leader that Julian was always destined to be.

Requiem isn’t just about a love triangle. The main focus is choice. The choice to do what you want and with who you want. Lena, Hana, Alex and Julian all have choices that will eventually need to be made. But the world doesn’t stop for them. Lauren Oliver puts the characters the readers have grown attached to in the middle of a war. A war they have to fight and win in order to continue to make these very choices. Their opponent is the government that has taken their options away. I also want to add that it was genius to add the story of Solomon into the final book. It’s the ultimate story of choice and wouldn’t have been the same book without it.

I don’t know if readers will unite on how Lauren Oliver chose to end her series. After mulling it over I’m quite fond of it. It ends with possibilities instead of tying everything up perfectly. The readers are left to imagine what they would want for each character and I love it! I think it will spark some great discussions and possibly some great fanfiction. I really stand behind this entire series and encourage others who have read it to recommend it like I will continue to do. 

Requiem will available March 5, 2013 in the U.S. 

2 comments:

  1. I loved the books!! All of them! I just wish that Lauren Oliver would have written a fourth book of describing how Alex and Lena are fighting for love and how they end up together forever <3. PLEASE LAUREN OLIVER!!! By the way, I'm soooo team Alex.

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