Saturday, March 2, 2013

Early Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Author:Lauren Oliver
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Delirium Book #3
ISBN:  0062014536
ISBN13: 9780062014535
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian
Review Copy Source: Edelweiss

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 fiancĂ©e 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.

There is really no way to write this review without giving something away so please know that there might be some minor spoilers but I will try to not give anything big away.

I really hate to say it but I was bored a lot during REQUIEM. There are two different POVs and neither of them connected with me. There isn't any romance and we definitely don't get the great reunion we want. There are a lot of feelings and fighting feelings and thinking about feelings but with the huge build up and cliffhanger at the end of book 2 I really was expecting more. The only thing that interested me in REQUIEM was the adventure, fighting scenes and the story's pace was decent.

The ending didn't leave me feeling satisfied, it feels like something else should be coming next. There is nothing resolved really and you have no clue what will happen next for the characters (or even if some are still alive for that matter). Its open ended and in no way concluded. I guess I was just expecting more from the ending to the series. Bummer.

I gave it 2/5 stars