Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Book Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: March 2013
Pages: 432
Source: Library
For: Fun
Series: Delirium, Book 3
Summary from goodreads: *Spoilers are inevitable for the first two books*
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.
Things I Liked:
I liked how the ending wasn't exactly neat, tidy, and all wrapped up perfectly.  I liked how things were still ambiguous and how people were still trying to figure out what was right or wrong.  There were some very interesting thoughts about choice and emotions and freedom.  It was nice to see a little more about how when we do have freedom, we tend to still make awful choices, but that freedom is still more important than not having it.  And the story was pretty interesting too - watching Lena interact with old and new friends and what happened to her.  I think Hana, however, was more interesting to me.  I found myself following her story more than Lena's.

Things I Didn't Like:
I am not entirely sure what kept me from really enjoying the book, but I just didn't.  I think at times it felt kind of bland.  Sometimes it seemed to be a little too focused on Lena and which boy she wants.  I wanted to know about the world and the cure and people's opinions on invalids.  Lena's story was just not that interesting to me.  As I mentioned, I was more invested in Hana.  I guess I just have no real reason for not liking it, but I didn't much enjoy the read.

Start with Delirium and Pandemonium
Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld

s-factor: !@#
some, a handful of f-bombs

mrg-factor: none

v-factor: ->->
there is fighting and some domestic violence as well

Overall rating: ***

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