Saturday, February 28, 2015

Review: Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver!

Warning: Spoiler Alert!

 Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway 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 infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels.

As Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain of the Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena and Hana's points of view. They live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

Description taken from Goodreads 

My Review 

I obviously can’t get into detail at all about Requiem.  So, I’m just going to talk about how I felt throughout the book and how I felt about the ending.

I have to say that I was so disappointed with this conclusion.  I feel like I invested so much into this series.  I read the previous two books as well as the three novellas before this as well as one more after Requiem and I just kept thinking, “Really?  This is what I get after everything?”  It was just so disappointing.

Requiem is told from both Lena and Hana’s POV.  I actually found Hana’s POV to be more interesting but in the end nothing developed.  There was so much build up and I was getting so excited and then nothing.  Others who read this probably know what I’m talking about.  Did anyone else feel the same?  That there was so much talk about this one plot point and then had it stop so abruptly?

Lena annoyed the crap out of me.  All of the back and forth between Alex and Julian.  Jesus Christ, woman!  Pick one or none and be done with it!  I mean, she just treated Julian like shit, she used him to make Alex jealous so many times, I lost count!  Honestly, this was one of the worst love triangle in literature (besides the whole Bella, Edward, Jacob fiasco).  And it wasn’t because I wanted one over the other either, I just think it was horribly done.  What happened Lauren Oliver?

And the ending?  I guess it ended ok.  I just wanted more, I was not satisfied at all.  I wanted a little more resolution and a little less open ended.  I definitely don’t mind making up my own ending or whatever but when you get so invested in a series and it’s a dystopian like this, I feel like the readers kind of deserve some kind of resolution whether it’s a HEA or not, I don’t care.  I just don’t want to feel like there should be one more chapter or a whole other book that could follow the last page. 

Characters 2.5/5
Plot 3.5/5
Feels 2.5/5
Writing 3/5
Overall 2.8/5 

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