Requiem (Delirium Series #3)

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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.

Lauren Oliver’s thrilling story of forbidden love and the fight for freedom against an oppressive regime comes to an epic conclusion in Requiem, an extraordinary finale to the bestselling Delirium trilogy.

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Overview

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.

Lauren Oliver’s thrilling story of forbidden love and the fight for freedom against an oppressive regime comes to an epic conclusion in Requiem, an extraordinary finale to the bestselling Delirium trilogy.

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Lena has rescued Julian from execution and fled with him to the Wilds, but their lives remain in grave danger. As she struggles in the resistance, her dear friend Hana is living a safe, sterile life in Portland, due to be married to a man she dies not love. Told in their alternate voices, the finale of the Delirium Trilogy rises to a crescendo as their stories once again converge. Editor's recommendation.

VOYA - Joanna Lima
In this final book of the Delirium trilogy, Lena's first love, Alex, is alive after surviving a gunshot wound and months of imprisonment, and her new love, Julian, leaves behind his life in the city to be with her. Despite the awkward tension between them, the three must work together with the Resistance movement to stay alive in the Wilds amid bombs and patrols of regulators. When Lena discovers an impending attack on an Invalid refugee camp, the Resistance is thrown into full-scale war. Meanwhile, Hana Tate prepares for her wedding to the seemingly perfect Fred Hargrove. Fred, about to be installed as Mayor of Portland, expects unyielding support from his pair. Recently cured, Hana knows her role, yet she continues to dwell on memories of her friendship with Lena. As Fred speaks of his plans for the city, Hana wonders about his first pair and her questions lead to sinister answers at the same time that the war arrives in Portland. As walls are torn down and secrets exposed, will the dreaded amor deliria nervosa prove to be the cause of everyone's suffering or the one thing that can save them all? For a story about passion and conviction, there is little of either. With Lena distancing herself from both Alex and Julian, Oliver never grapples with the messiness of the love triangle, propelling the characters into a battle over love without examining their motives. Hana emerges as the more interesting protagonist for her apparent resistance to the cure. For readers who care, Oliver's Delirium Stories, published separately, may offer the insight that is lacking here. Reviewer: Joanna Lima
Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
Here we have the final book in the "Delirium" trilogy. Lena and Hanna split up chapters, leap frogging their view points about life after the Book of Shhh. Lena has traveled north with others from the New York City homestead. Returning to Maine, to the memories, and to the wild. Hanna is cured. She is counting down the days to her wedding with her appointed pair, Fred Hargrove, the mayor's son. She is still in Portland, but it is a changed Portland. Fred is about to be named mayor since the incident at the Crypt that brought about his father's death. Alex is back in Lena's life, but he is acting differently and now Coral has arrived from a homestead that did not make it, so she needs Alex's attention 24/7. Julian tries to fit in, but they do not trust him since technically he is an enemy. It is very hard for Lena to resist his attentions and warmth during the long cold nights. Neither girl feels like they truly fit into this world where love is an abomination. Everyone knows that no good can come from those uncontrollable passion urges. It is just best to get the operation and be cured from the ache of heartbreak. Let the system pair you up with a suitable match, because they know best. An incredibly clever storyline that makes you think about how many choices we make each day based on love. When you take it out of the equation, does it simplify your life? What is the big deal? So you do not go through the messy relationship journey. Isn't it better to trust an impartial outsider to match you up with the love of your life? Hanna's life seems perfect, but is it? And now that Lena is free to follow her heart, why is she spending so much time fighting for the cause? An interesting end to the trilogy, that poses many questions. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan
Library Journal
In a world where love is criminal, how hard would you fight to resist becoming an emotional cipher? In Delirium (2011), Lena made the choice to leave her oppressive community, escaping to the Wilds with her true love, Alex. If she had not, like all of her peers, she would have undergone inoculation for delirium nervosa, the disease of love, which is to be guarded against at all costs. As this final book in the series- begins, Lena and Alex are together in the fight, but their love bond has been broken by the strain of time and distance and the presence of Julian, an important new recruit who owes his life to Lena. Oliver alternates this triangle with the story of Hana, Lena’s friend from the first book, who underwent the procedure and is now preparing for her wedding to an up-and-coming politician. Of the recent dystopias featuring loveless societies (think Ally Condie’s Matched and Veronica Roth’sDivergent), this is my favorite, equal parts action and emotional truth. A satisfying conclusion.

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Kirkus Reviews
Fraught with high-stakes action and gripping emotion, the final chapters of Lena Haloway's journey will have readers breathlessly turning the pages. But it is not Lena's story alone this time around. Her story alternates with that of Hana, Lena's "cured" best friend, lending depth and intrigue to the novel through the latter's firsthand account of life in a world vaccinated against the destructive powers of love. Hana struggles to come to terms with both her role in Lena's disappearance and her own upcoming marriage to a powerful and increasingly frightening young man. Having fled to the Wilds with a band of resistance fighters that includes the only two men she's ever loved, Lena is faced with struggles of her own. Now that the government can no longer deny the existence of the Invalids, revolution is inevitable, and Lena must reconcile her passion for the rebel cause with her deeply conflicted heart if she hopes to survive. A soldier, a lover, a cousin and a friend, Lena is a rich and achingly human heroine whose strength and vulnerability will earn her a permanent place in readers' hearts. Before starting, readers should turn off their cellphones and wipe their schedules clean, because once they open the book, they won't be able to stop. A dystopian tour de force. (Dystopian romance. 14 & up)
Booklist
Praise for PANDEMONIUM:“This is a romance in the purest of senses, where just the longing for the faintest taste of love is worth the greatest of risks. Like all successful second volumes, this expands the world and ups the stakes, setting us up for the big finale.”
Seventeen.com
Praise for PANDEMONIUM:“If...you crave the heart-stopping action of the arena from The Hunger Games combined with a destined-to-be-doomed love story then this sequel is perfect for you!”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062014535
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Series: Delirium Series , #3
  • Pages: 391
  • Sales rank: 61,490
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver is the author of the YA novel Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages and are New York Times and international bestselling novels. She is also the author of two novels for middle-grade readers, The Spindlers and Liesl & Po, which was a 2012 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Good Beginning, Bad Ending

    If you like to have a solid conclusion without open ends, dont read this book. The first two books were AMAZING and to end the trilogy like this is an insult.

    34 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    What?

    I endured pages and pages of Alex being an immature baby for this? Is this some Giver rip off ending? I wasted twleve bucks and hours of reading to be told to bring my walls down? Can ypu say cliched? Oliver should have taken her time to give this trilogy the ending it deserved. The ending is insulting and she is going to have to write a fourth novel just as Lowry ended up eventually doing. This book is an insult to the reader and the characters. Honestly we expect more.

    32 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2013

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     I remember the first review i wrote for Delirium back in 2011,

     I remember the first review i wrote for Delirium back in 2011, back then, i was completely hooked and totally invested in the book, the plot, the characters.
    Everything. It is one of those books that I think will always stick with me because of how refreshing the storyline is..how strange it was to think about a world where love was considered as a disease.
    I couldnt wait to find out how it all ended.

    Requiem was a good book, but I felt like there was a lot of things that were left unsaid. Since I'm trying to keep this review spoiler free I will try not to bring up exact examples of things
     that happened in the book to prove my point however, I will say that I did feel like there were a few characters from the first book who just...went away in this one. Which yes, is understandable since a lot has changed since then,
    but I felt like since these characters had such big parts in the first book  they would at least deserve to get a proper ending, not just some vague story fed by one character while leaving the rest to our imagination.

    I've actually just forced myself to delete some parts of this review because I really dont want to spoil anyone although there is so much I want to get off my chest. A lot of things pissed me off in this book and despite the fact that I DID enjoy it,
     I still do think it could have gone in a completely different (less depressing) direction. 

    The ending was just......again, vague. It was a kind of "who knows whay will happen now" kind of ending and I hate those so much.
    There are times when its suitable but this was not one of those, too much stuff had happened for it to come down to a so-so ending is frustrating. 

    27 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Really?

    I'm not going to give anything away, but the last book was a huge disappointment. I feel very unsatisfied with this book and left with questions. I hope others like it more than I did.

    24 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2013

    In every trilogy, the first book is where it all starts. When I

    In every trilogy, the first book is where it all starts. When I first read Delirium, I fell in love (ironic, eh?) with the plot, the characters, the idea of it all. 
    The second book tends to just rock and roll, building up the tension and story to the ultimate climax. Pandemonium was just like that, and I loved it all the more. I was looking so forward to the last book, because if the first two books were anything to go by, the last book would just finish up the entire thing with a huge BANG (Yes, please, Mockingjay).

    So what happened in Requiem? 

    One thing I loved about Requiem is that we get to find out what happened to Hana. Kind of. Okay, not really. We see what is happening to her, but the author doesn't do all that good of a job explaining it. I don't want to ruin the book for those who haven't read it, but those of you who have will understand when I say "Why?" Why didn't it work, why did she do it, why didn't she say anything, why didn't she try, etc etc...
    In Delirium, Lena's mom comes back to life. In Pandemonium, Alex comes back to life. So the entire time I was waiting for Requiem to come out, I was anticipating who else Oliver would resurrect. And guess what? I wasn't disappointed. The characters have a knack for surviving.

    I was not happy with how the love triangle turned out. I feel sorry for the guy left behind because all he ever did was love Lena. And Lena apparently didn't really love him in the end.

    When you read a book, especially an intense book, you constantly feel that pulse, that steady, persistent pulse that keeps the story going forward, getting stronger as the story reaches the climax. Requiem was all that. And then, just as it built up all the way, I reached the last page (Anyone read Extras by Scott Westerfeld? At least that book wasn't an official part of the series. And at least there was an actual ending). We don't know what happened. We don't know what changed. All we know is that it all went down--without a conclusion. The ending was powerful. Oliver sends us a great message to stand up for what we believe in. We see that the Resistance, Lena, Alex, Hana, everyone, does. And then what? Well, we don't know. (Hey, Eragon, how's Saphira flyin' these days?)
    I enjoyed the book. Really, I did. Just not as much as I expected myself to. Honestly, when I finished the book (during 1st block in school, while everyone was doing the assignment), I yelled out "WHAT?!" and dropped by Nook on my desk. I actually thought, Maybe I got a defective copy. Maybe this isn't a trilogy after all. I'm still hoping that last part--at least tell us whether the characters lived happily ever after ('sup, Harry, I'm glad your scar isn't hurting anymore.) The book cuts off at the climax. Like, in the middle of it all.
    We have a traitor in the book. Unexpected, which I like. What I don't like is what happened to the traitor. And I don't understand. The author doesn't explain!! Why, Oliver, after all those years when you explained everything to us, you decide to leave us hanging on all things on the most important novel of all?!

    If you have read the two preceding books in the series and are debating whether to read this book, well, I recommend you don't. The two books are amazing. You won't be missing much by skipping the third one--it'll actually be good for you, since you won't have to experience the frustration that I'm still feeling 5 days after finishing Requiem.
    If you're debating whether to start the series at all, DO IT. They are great.

    Don't expect much from this last book. Because you won't be getting anything. 

    20 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2013

    I had a significant number of worries coming into Requiem. This

    I had a significant number of worries coming into Requiem. This book was easily my most anticipated read of 2013; I've invested so much emotion and energy into this story and its characters. Delirium easily stands as one of my favourite books ever.




    But there was so much riding on this one little book! I'd say that Alex, rather than Lena, is my favourite character of the bunch and Pandemonium just didn't seem to set things up for the ending I wanted to see. And there's always something heartbreaking about the ending of a series; bittersweet, like saying goodbye to old, familiar friends.




    I'll say right away that I was not nearly as disappointed or as devastated as most other readers seemed to be by Requiem. It made me look at the trilogy from a whole new light, and I'm curious to see how I'll feel after re-reading the three books. Also: this review is the hardest one I've ever written, hands down.




    Reasons to Read: 




    1. A story about love that's about more than romance:




    One thing I've noticed is how easy it is for us readers to get caught up in the Julian/Alex debate. But while reading Requiem, I soon became aware that this was not the biggest focus of the book or even the series. I'm so appreciative that Lauren Oliver took the chance to explore other avenues of love, from the relationship between Lena and her mother, to her best friend Hana, to the deep, life-altering friendships she makes in The Wilds and within the resistance. I think it's easy for us to focus so much on these swoon-worthy boys that we miss some of the other heartbreaking moments; for me, it was notably the deterioration of Lena and Hana's friendship and Lena's lack of a relationship with her mother, Annabel. And you know what? I was honestly & pleasantly surprised by how much Requiem didn't focus on the romance. That's a blessing in YA these days and really great for those who want to see more from a book than just romance. Yet it still has some of the best romance I've ever read about (in the series, as a whole).




    2. Lena's epic character transformation:




    I'd hate to call this "character development" because it's much more than that - rather, it's more like an evolution. When you compare the old Lena from Delirium to the changing Lena in Pandemonium with the new Lena in Requiem, it becomes apparent how drastic these changes have been. Yet, one thing I noticed re-reading Delirium is that the seeds of change were already planted in Lena before Alex ever came along. I might even say that she's more like her mother than she may ever realize. But I believe it is entirely consistent with her character and who she is for this transformation to take place.




    3. A world falling apart:




    One of my favourite parts of this series is that Lauren has so much attention on the world she's created, and really works to bring it to life through her stories. I found Requiem to have a bit more of an emphasis on this, and we really get to see a society that's crumbling apart. I'm incredibly curious to know what happens in the future, but I think it's clear that big changes are coming for society.




    4. Hana offers a fresh perspective to the book:




    Hana is easily one of the most interesting characters from the Delirium cast, and I think this is another reason in support of saying that by Requiem, it's very clear that the books are about so much more than a love triangle or even just Lena's life. While Lena is busy with the resistance, Hana is our insider view to Portland and the "upper class" of that community. I found Hana's story to have the potential to be just as heartbreaking as Lena's, and her voice stood out so much from Lena's narrative that it was a great way to freshen up the series. 




    I'll also admit that it would take a lot for me to truly hate this book - I'm well aware that I'm biased (and maybe partially blinded?) by my love for these books. And I can understand why so many readers may be disappointed by how few plot elements are actually wrapped up. That is disappointing, but I can see how the open-endedness works well too. (For me, I'm happily convinced that Alex and Lena are together forever and have ten happy little babies and they spend a lot of time reading poetry and kissing. It doesn't matter what happens in these books, that has always been the ending I invented.) 




    I was, however, a tad disappointed with Lena at a few points. I was surprised by her reactions a few times, particularly when it came to Alex and Julian because most of that felt so immature. While something so big is happening with the resistance, it didn't fit to have so much angst between a handful of characters about personal problems. Maybe it was the stress of it all that brought out their worst, but it largely felt out of character to me (and yes, I'm pointing my blame-finger at you too, Alex). 




    ARC received from HarperCollins Canada for review; no other compensation was received. 

    11 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Disappointing

    I enjoyed these books but this one was disappointing. It needed a different ending. Or at least some resolution. As soon as it got interesting it ended!

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    !

    Another book ruined by excessive plot spoilers. I wish bn would put a stop to you ppl and your book report reviews. There is absolutely no reason to reveal every detail of the book. It is rude and inconsiderate, unless you are doing it to pump yourself up to make yourself feel like an author by rewriting a mini version of someone elses book.

    7 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2013

    The book was exciting. I don't want to give anything away, but I

    The book was exciting. I don't want to give anything away, but I think that fans of this series will be EVRY disappointed with the ending. I stayed up til midnight, because I couldn't wait to finish the series. The ending left too much unsaid-it just abruptly ends as if there is a forth book coming, with too much left unresolved. My biggest complaint is if you are reading this on a Nook device, as I was, it looks like ther's a good 25 pages left and you haven't reached the end until you turn the page to see the acknowledgements, and an excerpt from before I fall. UGH!!! Very disappointed in how the series concluded.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Okay

    3.5 This final book was the worst in the trilogy no doubt. It was still a good book but the ending was bad. The book felt like it was cut short as if there was another book coming out. I just wish the end had Lena and Alex together instead of seperated again. Its a fine book.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Alex i love u!

    Honestly this would have been a great book if it wasnt an end to the series. The live triangle between Lena Alex and Julian is as sexy as ever. There is alot of action as to be exspected and isnt boring in the least. The thing that bothers me the most is the ending. It leaves so many unanswered and important questions. I still have no idea who she picks or how the socioty will be like. But it really was a fantastic read. I just feel like she should write onemore book for the series.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Oooook?

    I loved the trilogy but seriously the only cuss word used in this book besides using God's name in vain was sh*t I can't even count how many times it was used and this book seemed to drag on. The only reason i would even recommend reading it is to see what happens to Alex and to finish the series just to say you did. Oh and by the way it will leave you with more questions then answers.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Just as good as first two!

    I really don't get all the whiny reviews regarding this book. U read a book for the author's writing, not to see if what you want to happen, happens. The writing in this book was just as good as the other two. The points of view are Hannah and Lena, the author did a fabulous job with them. It continued to develop the characters flawlessly. The action was so well described it was easy to imagine. As far as leaving questions unanswered,I disagree, I think it left us in a really good place. I fully recommend it!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Ok

    I was so excited to finish the trilogy and to see what happens,until the end actually came. I probably would have rathered the trilogy to end at the second book. WHAT A CLIFFHANGER ENDING! I am so angry!the begining and middle were good, ending was dissapointing.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Really?

    Disappointing ending as it could of at least stopped there and then do a conclusion in the future to explain what happens to everyone. Besides that I hated Hana's POV since it only fueled how much of an idiot she always was. Often times found myself reading in hope of something big happening, it had potential to be better.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    What?!?!

    Wow, where do I begin? Nvm, just wasted hours on this last book so I won't go into details, but man, what a huge disappointment! I am so angry!! Is there a 4th book coming out that I do not know about because the ending was plain lousy. So many questions left unanswered. Geeez, what a waste. Seriously can not believe how it turned out. Grrrr....First two books were amazing....what the heck happened?

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Disappointing ending

    I could'nt wait to finish this book I had read the first two, and was excited, I was up all night to see how it ended, then when it did finish I was exremly disappointed. The ending was absoluty horrible, too many unanswer questions, it seemed to end right in the middle when things were about to get interesting. If your wondering if you should read this book to see how the series ends DON'T you'll only be extremely disappointed.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Needed more!

    Great series but I was very disappointed with the ending. It just abrubtly and left too much unsaid.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    Terrible!!!

    This book completely broke my heart. It was horrible. I wish i could get my money back for the complete let down this was. The worst thing is that i even read all of the negative reviews and still wasted money on this pathetic excuse for an ending to a great story....

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2013

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    Here's the problem, you can't finish a series about the freedom

    Here's the problem, you can't finish a series about the freedom to love with a book that has no love in it. What this book should have been about was Alex and Lena finding each other and learning to love the new people they have become after their experiences in Pandemonium while Julian (who, as far as I'm concerned was never a serious romantic rival for Alex) becomes the figure head of the resistance movement. Instead, what I got was Lena pointlessly walking around in the Wilds interspersed with a post-procedure Hana (Hana?!?) ambivalently wondering around Portland kind of feeling guilty about turning in Alex and Lena and kind of not. Another problem, I couldn't care less what is going on with Hana. Instead of wasting time checking in with Hana in Portland we should have been getting Alex's POV on what was happening with Lena and how he was feeling about the whole situation. For some reason, instead of running into each other's arms and never letting each other go again, which is what ANYONE IN THE WORLD would do when a love that you thought was dead is miraculously alive again, Alex is mad at Lena for I'm not sure what and Lena believes him when he says he never loved her so she just continues things with Julian like nothing even happened. And that's pretty much how they go on throughout the book until the end when Lena finally sits down to have a conversation (novel idea there) with the girl she thinks Alex loves who tells her Alex still loves her and never stopped loving her blah, blah, blah. Suddenly she's over Julian and back on the Alex train where she should have been the whole time. Despite all this there is no satisfying conclusion to their love story and, along with a lot of other stuff, we're left to draw our own conclusions on how it all plays out. The end is another big problem for me. After wondering around in the Wilds for the whole book and seeing bombings and massacres by the government I'm supposed to believe that a poorly planned and disorganized group of rebels can pull off a successful coup, tear down the wall and suddenly everything's going to be ok and everyone lives happily ever after? Sorry, don't buy that. Pretty much everything is wrong with this book. It's not the story that should have been told and is a completely frustrating and unsatisfying conclusion to the series. Everything that happens is pointless and irrelevant and ultimately a massive disappointment. I feel about this book how cureds feel about life, disinterested and uncaring. What a waste of time. Verdict: Silver Linings Playbook this mess.

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