Review | Requiem by @OliverBooks

23 March 2013

Publisher: Harper Collins

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.

Firstly, apologies for the hiatus! I've been a busy bee reading a few ARC's for blog tours I've signed up to so can't yet post my reviews!

Now to my review of Requiem, the final installment of the Delirium trilogy. For those of you who haven't read the series it follows the life of Lena, a young girl who lives in a world where love is seen as a disease to be cured of. At the age of eighteen everyone must be cured, in essence they are made immune to love, and are paired with someone the government deems a suitable pair. Lena has revolted against this and fallen in love with Alex, an uncured who lives in the Wilds. Together they start on a fight to free the world from what's forced upon them. They want everyone to be able to feel love.

Requiem follows two story arcs, one of Lena's fight for freedom in the wilds and that of Hana, her best friend who has recently been cured and paired with Fred Hardgrove, Portland's soon to be mayor. These two arc's (told in switching POV's) were one of my favourite things about this book. I loved seeing the parallel between Lena, who was doing all she could not to be cured and at the same time fighting her feelings for two men (Julian and Alex - there's more to come on from me on that soon) and Hana, who has been cured, trying to deal with a possible defective cure as well as being a doting pair to a young mayor who, behind closed doors, is manipulative and harsh.

The switching POV's could easily have made the story confusing but it was easy to follow and aided the telling of the story. I think we really needed to see this, the POV of the rebellion and the cured. Although in Hana's POV there's a fair bit of rebellion too once she realises who Fred is and delves into his past and previous pair. She is just as rebellious as Lena in this book, going out of her way to do things she shouldn't because she knows it's the right thing to do. I really think she truly believed in the world she was brought into and up in. True rebellion has always been there, simmering low at the surface and Fred was the catalyst to bring it out in her.

And then there's Lena. She is well and truly in the resistance, doing all see can to resist capture and change the world for the better. She's settled with Raven et al and really does seem at home with them. It's like this is the place she's meant to be. This is the side she's meant to be fighting on. It fits her.

I'll admit something here, the love story and the fight between Alex and Julian just didn't seem real enough to me. Lena didn't seem to really be at war with herself over who to be with. It was like she knew the whole time what she eventually admits, that she never really loved Julian. The conviction to him just wasn't there like it had been for Alex in the previous books.

I did enjoy Requiem, admittedly not as much as the first two installments, but I did find myself wanting to read it and know how it would all end. A lot of people were disappointed in the ending and I was a little too. Not so much because of the way it ended, this was never going to be a story where it was all perfect and fixed in the end, but because of all the unanswered questions. Who would Lena end up being with? What had happened to Lena's family? To Fred? To the other uncured's Lena had spent time with. To Hana? To Lena's mum? Part of me felt that at least some of these questions could have been answered.

I had originally wanted to give this installment four stars but it's 3 stars for this one. It just wasn't on par with the first two for me. I didn't feel the same amount of emotion and connection to the characters and their plight.

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