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.
When i finished pandemonium, I was so left hanging that i jumped out of bed and reached out for the copy of requiem. I was so eager to know. To know what made Alex feel hostile towards Lena. He should be proud for Lena, because that was what he wanted for her, as far as i can remember, at the very last pages of Delirium. He let her run and live free. Then why was he being so mean the first time he met her again. He doesn’t have any idea what Lena went through at the Wilds and at the City. Maybe, he was jealous. Good.
In fact much better, because this thing with Julian isn’t reaching to me. Don’t get me wrong. I like Julian. I think he was also a good person but was pushed to make wrong choices and decisions in life, until one Lena made him realize all of those. The situations made them closer and had drawn to each other. They got to know each other, cover for each other, save one another. Likeness bloomed along the way. But eventhough, he is still not Alex. Alex had established his place already in Lena’s life. He was the love of her life. Anybody who will be after that was just a replacement. To fill the empty voids in her heart, to make her forget the pain and hurt of losing someone. Temporarily.
Yes,it was only proven for the meantime, because Alex was just pushing her away. While Julian is so patient and gentle that Lena was not trying to use him, but instead felt guilty for bringing him into the wilds. That was all for Julian and Lena. Yes, they like each other. But Julian is not Alex. He is not love. I was proven correctly until the last chapter in here.
I don’t know if i will ever like the idea of open-ended conclusion. There is so much to wonder about. No definite answers to the questions, no clear statements, no endings, happy or not. As always, LAUREN OLIVER left it for me. She left me REQUIEM open-ended. Did she mean taking down the wall, they got back the city? Will Alex and Lena gonna get back together, and how will Julian take it? Yes, the bomb took of at Fred Hargrove’s house, but did he stay as Hana made him promise? Hana, what will happen to her now, that we all know, the cure did not fully got her, because she’s feeling things she’s not supposed to?
But i was supposed to answer all of those queries by myself. Maybe we can have different endings, free at our own will. Requiem is the last installment for Lauren Oliver’s delirium series, right? Can somebody tell me, there might be a chance that she’s pushing it to the fourth? hah! How i wish, because i will miss the Wilds and Portland. I already missed Raven for good, but most of all i will definitely miss Lena and Alex.
I really like Oliver’s writing style. She did it differently through the three novels, and all of them came out beautifully. The pilot Delirium was a little slow-paced when it comes to actions but full of romantic sides. Understandable, you are just getting to know each and every character. Pandemonium was lacking of the romantic side, but full of actions. The now and then part was very suitable way of explaining how they actually got there. And the development of Lena’s character was really the stronghold of the story. Requiem, on the either hand, was full of both, action and romance. It was chaotic tale written in an organized style since it presented not only Lena’s part but also Hana’s side of the story. To be able to understand both environment, you have to hand over both angles.
To sum it all up, i really enjoyed reading them. But as much as i liked them, i am eager to know that this just cannot be the end. Hoping for the fourth, Ms. Oliver, pretty please!
5 — love! can’t get it out of my head, for days or weeks!
4 — like… will recommend to others!
3 — okay!
2 — just passing through!
1 — sad! i want to love all the books, but at least ive tried!