Thursday, 14 February 2013
Requiem - Lauren Oliver *Review*
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 centre 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.
Well, I was eagerly anticipating this book for a long time and I have to say I definitely wasn't disappointed. Other than the fact that the end of the novel left a lot of questions in my mind and I think she could write so much more on this series. Don't get me wrong, I'm not getting anyone's hopes up here. The series ends, but there is room for sooo much more.
It is certainly difficult to review this one, the story all in all was brilliant I loved both Lena's POV and Hana. I thought that they might ditch Hana in this one because Lena was in the Wilds but I am certainly glad that they didn't. Let's talk about Lena's POV first. She is as determined as ever but now she has to see both Julian and Alex, why is Alex acting so strange and how can she possibly choose between the two. A lot a reviews I read about the first one said they loved the fact there was no love triangle, well I loved the fact that there became one. This book was so tense all the way through yet it still managed to be a secondary story line for the most part. The war against the government is well under way and rather than the government ignoring the Wilds they are now fighting back.
Hana's POV is very different from her last. She is changed and she is becoming aware of the world around her a little more. She begins running again and dreaming and starts to believe that the cure might not have worked. Her future husband is becoming more and more strange and somewhat controlling. When she goes out to the old mansion that the gang got caught in the Delirium she finds something much more important than anything she is doing so far. This something (no spoilers) must be protected at all costs, I love the fact that Hana risks her existence in the protected environments to discover the truth about her soon to be husband.
This final instalment is packed full of action, love triangles, drama and detection. The two POV really make the story because they are so different. After previously having no particular opinion of Hana in the previous books I found that I really came to like her as a character in this book. The character development is brilliant and the writing is fast paced so that you can't put it down.
In all honesty I'm not sure if I liked the ending, but then again I really couldn't make my mind up who I wanted Lena to get with either. I wasn't unhappy but I was a little indifferent. Overall a fantastic book and even the ending couldn't draw even half a star away from the review.