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Monday, 7 April 2014

Book Review: Requiem


Requiem by Lauren Oliver is the third book in the Delirium series.

I usually don't like books that are told from more than one perspective when written in the first person, but I did actually enjoy it here. Requiem is told from the perspective of Lena who is living outside of Portland with the resistance and then from the point of view of Hana who has been given her cure and is living in Portland preparing to get married. It was interesting to see what it like to be someone who had been cured, although Hana did seem to have worries about whether or not she had actually been cured properly or not.

I also thought that love triangle between Lena and Julian and Alex would annoy me; I'm not the biggest fan of love triangles, but this one I actually feel added to the story. I found myself changing my mind several times over who I thought Lena was best suited to, and I liked that Lena did not just suddenly start treating Julian like dirt just because Alex was back on the scene. I also liked that Coral did not instantly become "The Enemy". 

I am still not sure how I feel about the book's ending. I just felt like there was so much left to be resolved that I was beginning to wonder if the series was actually going to be in four parts! Now I do realise that sometimes an ambivalent or an open ended climax to a story can be a good thing, I just felt like the ending to Requiem was rushed and a little unsatisfying.

Having said that, I do think the series as a whole was enjoyable, and well worth a read. I just think the ending was a little disappointing.

If you've read Requiem, what did you think? Did you think the ending was well done or not? Why?


  1. I am jot one for hating on books but I really did not like the ending to this one. I was so unsatisfied and like you I found that there was so much that was not resolved!

    She has just brought another book out called Panic which despite not liking the ending to this, I may read. It is a stand alone and it has had some good review.

    Thanks for stopping by earlier!

    Alex @ The Shelf Diaries

  2. I've read Panic and I think it's pretty good, but I feel like the ending of that one was a little rushed too! I will get a review of that one up at some point.