Author : Lauren Oliver
Rating : 5 Stars!
Hardcover, 391 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by HarperCollins Children's Books
ISBN : 0062014536 (ISBN13: 9780062014535)
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.
Source : Goodreads
Pandemonium ended on a deep cliffhanger. When I finished it, a hole was made in my heart. I felt I'll miss the biggest part of the series if I didn't read Requiem right away. But for some unexpected case, I was patient enough to wait for it. What else can I do than wait, right?
Lena was faced in one of the most tragical moment of her life, to overcome and defend what they should freely feel - Amor deliria nervosa. Facing Alex for after a long time was very hard on Lena especially when Julian already entered in her heart. It was a dilemma thats really hard to solve. But she doesn't have any choice but to proceed on their plan to destroy the government that proclaims Deliria-Free America, Regulators. It's proceeds until she came face to face to her bestfriend, Hana. The feeling is very nostalgic and somehow devastating, since Hana was the reason Lena and Alex was caught.
The storyline creates a beautiful destruction forming into perfection. It also portrays how tragical lives leads into hopes and relief. Banished dreams leading into whiteness. Lives lost resulting for a new world. It also forms a confusing love that can shrivel you into tiny little pieces until you can't contain yourself on what you should feel next. Aspirations that may sometimes lead into chaos. Chaos that would result into shattered and hopeless memories.
It depicts another way of showing jealousy and love can entwine together. How hatred and pride can form on creating a new world. How people can struggle and give full of restrain to fight for what they believe. It proves how our feelings can fully control our minds and the fact is, we're not afraid for what is at stake. That's what the final book is all about.
They're emotions, forming unto those words are very shocking. It's all totally different. The words are fierce, strong, and bold. I can't say much more how much I indulge how every characters felt in every situation.
Lena also became more independent than ever. Her point of view were very destructive at first, it leads me into sadness. I can't explain how much I felt everytime I read her thoughts on knowing that she's torn between Alex and Julian.
Her minds may have glimpses of rejection on her life but she never let those feelings shrivel her. Even though Alex said that it was all a lie, a love that never felt, she still move forward and continue to justify their rights.
Hana on the other hand, I admire her determination to know more about the government and also their plans. I admire her courage to face the outcome of having a husband that had a mindset of making a destruction for the country. She had everything in life, a perfect life, but she realizes that all of those things would not suffice if they are held by force. She's still the same strong and courageous Hana that I've read from the first series, but the way she acted upon on the final book is very unique and astonishing.
Alex, I will always come back for him. His character, the way he sees life, the way he's been through it, I adore him in every single way from the start of the series and it never fades until the end of it. But the thing that I totally adore with him, it's the way that he can sacrifice himself to make Lena happy. It's what a man truly is.
Julian, I admire his unconditional love for Lena. He's aware that Lena still have feelings for Alex but he doesn't show any jealousy or anger between them, instead he just accepts all of it and continues to love Lena beyond those reasons. He's an epitome of a lover that accepts the consequences of love.
I think that the sole reason that it became a cliffhanger, to show and interpret that amor deliria nervosa will not end for all her readers. Lena, Alex, Julian, Hana and the supporting characters, all of them depicts different kind of passionate love that we will never forget. Requiem leaves all the readers to decide and feel how their feelings may take them. Because the moment I started reading the series up to the end, I strongly felt that love can take us into unlikeable places, but as our feelings and the people we learn to love it all became paradise. That's what I feel on the end of this series.
Yes, it's a cliffhanger that I will cling on forever. Requiem is such an eternal, passionate and strongly made finale. I will never get tired on reading it.