Requiem (Delirium Series #3)

Requiem (Delirium Series #3)

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by Lauren Oliver
     
 

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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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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.

Editorial Reviews

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:
03/05/2013
Series:
Delirium Series, #3
Pages:
391
Sales rank:
162,999
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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