by Lauren Oliver
Publication Date: March 5th 2013
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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.
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. (Goodreads)
I was a little worried when starting the book, after that insane cliffhanger ending at the end of Pandemonium. (And what a major cliffhanger that was!) I didn’t know what to expect, and I was really worried about what was going to happen to my favorite characters. The direction that Mrs. Oliver took in this novel was completely unexpected, and I really enjoyed not knowing what to expect.
I love that the story is told from both Lena and Hana’s point of view. Lena, our fearless heroine, has done a complete 180 since we first met her in Delirium. She started off as such a meek and frightened young lady, but you wouldn’t recognize her that way at all when you meet her in Requiem. With Hana, we watch her go through the motions of dealing with the consequences for the decisions that she has made. It was very interesting to see her point of view.
I have to say, it made me really sad at the way Lena treated Julian in this book. While I didn’t think that Lena and he worked well together, I also didn’t really care to see him hurt. He was a good guy, one that also changed throughout the series. He’s a stronger character, hardened to the world that he has been thrust into. I also feel that things were kind of left hanging with him at the end of the novel.
I am really, really digging dystopian novels at the moment, and Mrs. Oliver definitely delivered with this awesome series. The world building was so insanely realistic. I could totally see something like this happening in real life, although maybe not the surgery, but the government part. It’s frightening!
Overall, this is a great series. It’s one of my go-to series for when I recommend books to people. It’s really great. If you haven’t checked it out, you should totally do so. Right now!