10 February 2014

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

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.

*This is a mini review.*

In my mind, "Lena" is nearly synonymous with "pitiful."  Though I read Requiem way back in March-April of last year, I cannot forget listening to Cher Lloyd's "Want U Back" to reflect on how ridiculous Lena and the entirety of the romance was throughout this book.

The romance... That entire fiasco just ruined everything for me.  I had a tiny bit of (grudging) respect for Lena because the events she's put through in Requiem would fracture anyone, but the conclusion of the romance lost me entirely.  Poof.  I'm gone.

What bugged me, outside of Lena and the Endless Melodramatic Romance, was the cookie cutter nature of the plot.  I felt a little insulted, because things were easy to predict.  The ending was exciting, because there doesn't always have to be major dramatic plot twists when a siege is involved, but otherwise, it fell flat for me.

I do have to give it to Lauren Oliver, though: her writing skills are practically unparalleled.  She has a frightening ability for word weaving, and this is primarily what saved my opinion of her dystopian series.  However, when I bring it up to people, I cannot praise anything about the books except for Oliver's masterful ability to write.

Delirium has captured so much attention since its first descent into the blogosphere, but from very early on, I struggled to see its appeal.  It, like so many other series, had a rocketing start but quickly fell flat for me.

Book Info
  • pages - hardcover, 391
  • published - March 2013
  • publisher - HarperCollins
  • genre - dystopian
  • received via - B&N
  • rating - 3/5
  • series - Delirium
    • Delirium
    • Pandemonium
    • Requiem