Wednesday, October 30, 2013


by Lauren Oliver

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopian Fiction

Synopsis:  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.
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Review: Let me start by saying that I was not planning on reviewing this book but I had a totally different reaction to it than Marcie, so I had to review and rate this book.  I was expecting not to like this book based on Marcie's review of the book.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I liked this book the best out of the three books.  The first two books were too romance-y for me and I felt very ambivalent about them.  This one I liked! This one did not focus much on Lena's relationships with the boys in her life, it centered around the rebellion against the society that decided to get rid of love.  I really loved the alternating points of view from Lena's and Hana's perspectives.  It was interesting to get inside the mind of someone who had been cured and see what they still can feel.  I didn't have any problems switching back and forth because their lives were so different!  I know a lot of people had a problem with the ending but somehow I loved how it ended.  It leaves me with hope that society will be rebuilt and that Lena will be happy.  I also felt like the resistance had hope. While I think that the ending came up awfully abruptly, I honestly think the ending made the book as good as it was.

Rating: 4 stars

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