Friday, March 8

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Release Date: March 5, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 400

Summary: 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. 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.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed reading Requiem but not quite as much as the other two. We are back with Lena and her crew out in the Wilds. And half the book is spent on Hana's point of view. Yes, folks it switches back and forth between viewpoints.

Alex and Julian are both in the picture and Lena has some tough choices and roads ahead of her. I liked seeing both boys in the story but I felt like there just wasn't enough romance. It wasn't as love trianglely as I thought it would be, which I'm sure some will like but I wanted more chemistry and more romance.

I really liked Hana's point of view. I liked exploring her mind and what she was thinking. She wasn't perfect and she had a lot of negative thoughts and she wasn't as tame as her husband thought. Go Hana!

I liked exploring the Wilds but at times I wanted to know more. I felt like I really was in the woods with Lena but sometimes it was hard to actually identify where they were and I wanted to know and understand more of "where" they were.  And than people out to kill them, ouch, they always had to be on the lookout. They could never let their guard down, even for a minute.

I liked all the side characters just like in the other books. We get to see more of their personalities and who they really were. Throw in some new competition for Lena, and things can go haywire alright.

And she runs into the person she thought she wouldn't, her mother. Now, that was interesting.

As for the plot. Liked it. They just want freedom, to be able to make their own choices, to be able to love.

As for Julian and Alex, gosh, I like both boys. Can Lena just be with them both? I know, I know, she can't.

I don't want to say much more, because I don't want to give anything away. You need to experience this one by yourself since you've already read the first two and are probably anxiously wanting this one! So, go read it now and decide your own opinions!

Overall: Liked it alot. Probably more of a 4.5 but I'm giving it a 5 anyway. I loved Oliver's others and I'm sure I'll love the next one. Love the style of writing and the way she writes characters.

Cover: Like it! I think I like it a little less than the others though but its still cool.

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Simply_Megan said...

I'm really excited to read Requieum, especially to see what happens with the love triangle.

Anonymous said...

Book reviews on this series keep popping up everywhere and I feel like I might enjoy Requiem because of the lack of "love triangley"-ness.


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