Monday, March 18, 2013

Requiem Review

Book Review March 18


by: Lauren Oliver

★★★★ 4 Stars

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.

I don’t know any better way to say it than, I was completely ‘let-down and disappointed’ with the ending of this book. Just the ending too. I was entranced from the beginning, dying in my pursuit to find out the end and that last chapter/page was like a slap in the face. I don’t know if I’m more disappointed with authors in this genre for often opting out of complete endings or even including an epilogue. The best way to describe it is to compare to the feeling when your favorite TV show gets canceled, mid-season, and all you want is one final episode, to wrap things up, but it never comes.

Don’t get me wrong, the entire book was great. In the beginning I was bored and slightly annoyed with the altering POV from Hana back to Lena. Eventually, Hana’s story pulled me in as well. But, was finishing this book worth staying up till 3:30 A.M and feeling like a zombie right now? Absolutely not.  Up until the end I would have given this book a complete and well-earned FIVE stars. However, the end does not dilute all the awesomeness that precedes it so alas, 4 Stars, but ugh, it angers me that it came down to this. 

At times I found myself comparing this series to the Matched Trilogy. Both books are similar in the love triangle, joining a resistance, running away from the ‘walls’ of their dystopian society.  Though, at least the final book in that series ends without as many questions.  

I feel like this ending was an easy-out for the author. Now it’s more like readers can each have their own happy ending in their head however they wish to envision it. The author does not disappoint anyone by having Lena pick one guy over the other or give a hint as to Fred’s life/death, the rise/fall of the resistance or what will become of Hana. And her mom, hello!!! But now I’d rather read the boring middle (filler) book in the Matched series 10X’s over than feel so disappointed and cheated than I do by Requiem.
Maybe now is not a good time to write this review because I am still feeling so angry. The entire book was honestly, really good. There was much more action than in Pandemonium and people kept dying left and right. This book was a lot more intense than the first two. Seeing things from Hana’s perspective were intriguing once they became more interesting and dangerous. Soon after the the real Hana began to filter through.  I was shocked to learn of her betrayal, but at least she manned up and confessed the truth to Lena, even if she herself is now a Zombie, I still am unsure at this point.

If you’ve read the series up till now, then you have to finish. You’ve come so far. The book is worth it but again, I warn you, the end will not answer your questions nor will it leave you with that secret smile on your face when you’ve just read a great book.  Instead you may feel like


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