Requiem (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Requiem (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Lauren Oliver
     
 

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While Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland.

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While Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606350570
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
02/04/2014
Series:
Delirium Series , #3
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
391
Sales rank:
1,343,122
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Requiem 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 423 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
lovely2seeU More than 1 year ago
 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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
SMiLeLiMe More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
LC227 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series but I was very disappointed with the ending. It just abrubtly and left too much unsaid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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....
EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like, it better be a joke that this was the last book. The ending absolutely sucks, there is no closure. What a terrible way to end a great series i am completely disappointed. Dumb dumb dumb. I wish i never read these books if this is how it all ends. I just cant get over how stupid this is. The works of a lazy writer ladies and gents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading some of the not so great reviews on this novel, I decided to take the easy way out and get this book at the library rather than spending nearly $13 on something that may disappoint me. I have to say that I can't decide WHAT I feel about the book as a whole. The author jerked me around so much in the plot line I think I need to see a doctor. Of course the story itself is action-packed and full of heart, if you read the series for the love scenes you'll be disappointed. Honestly, I'll still probably purchase it on here because I still enjoyed the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was EXTREMELY disappointing! I loved the love triangle, but I hated how Julian was just tossed aside after loving Lena unconditionally! He should at least get Coral as his new love! And the ending leaves us all hanging! It ends with some stupid crap about breaking through walls! I wanted a real ending and was anticipating a great ending with her and Alex and Grace being a big happy family! Disappointing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lauren Oliver’s last book for the Delirium Trilogy was aptly titled as I literally lamented over this joke of a book.  I am a die-hard fan of Lauren ever since I’ve read Before I Fall and Delirium. I have fallen inlove with the way she make poetry out of these books, so deep and poignant that you’d just want to lie down and relive the moments in your mind. But Requiem made me howl in rage. How did that beautiful poem turned into an insensible haiku? It was as if Lauren didn’t know how to end the story gracefully like she was somehow lost in limbo. Pandemonium had ended in a thrilling cliffhanger when Lena discovered that Alex is still alive.  And that ending made me expect a lot from this book.  The days that I pondered on how it would be delivered was like I was on a pilgrimage.  Only to realize in the end, that my whole purpose was for nothing.More than anything else, Requiem’s plot was so shallow and dragging. Almost two thirds of the book was dedicated to either Lena’s musing about Alex or hers and the Invalids’ journey to this and that. I don’t have any problem if they need to undertake journeys as long it’s not overly done that it becomes boring.  And I had had enough of that in the second book, thanks by the way. And as if that wasn’t enough of a torture, we were also given unessential accounts of Hanna’s life like it was wholly important to the cause of the Invalids. Mind you, Lauren even failed to describe how Hanna should behave after her cure from amor deliria nervosa was unsuccessful.Requiem’s character development was also stunted like things did not recover from the pandemonium that had taken place in book 2. Alex became a background character that without the nudges from the author, you’d forget that he was the one who set things in motion in Delirium. What about Julian Fineman, our hero in the second book? Well, since Requiem is all about Lena and Hanna, he was also reduced to a wallflower.  And that goes the same for the other characters, disposable summer decorations.To complement the boring character development, aside from being shallow and dragging, the plot was totally predictable. Well, there were twists planted along the way but I think these were done in a last attempt to save the whole thing from crumbling into pieces.  Most unfortunately, Requiem is far from salvation as it ended with a striking disappointment. Yeah, open ending. As in literally, with plenty of unanswered questions, you know what I mean. It was like you endured all those to-die for heartaches, persevered the hardships and fought all those battles in books 1 and 2 for a BIG NOTHING. Nada.There’s only one thing that I liked about this book and that was how Lena and her mother finally made up.  At least, there was a bit of a drama there.In an overall note, Requiem epically failed to deliver.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wasnt worth the money. A total let down. I expected more. Break down the walls.???? Really?
pagese More than 1 year ago
I was really looking forward to this book. Lauren Oliver pulled me in with Delirium and I had no doubt that I would be finishing the series. So, it's always a risk when my expectations are high. Plus, this is the final book in the trilogy. You want everything to wrap in such that way that you are satisfied. I'm not really sure this book delivered all of that! Lena has come a long way from the love sick girl we met in Delirium. It's not longer about getting out from under the cure. Lena sees the bigger picture. She wants to act, to do all she can to bring down the very people she use to think were protecting her. Problem is she can't do it alone. She needs others to help. And more than just her little group of resisters. The world isn't going to change for just them. But, Lena never gives up until she finds what she's looking for, both in love and in life. I have to admit that I was mad out our little surprise from book two for most of this one. I think he acted like a royal jacka$$. I know he endured a lot and escaped, and the whole time was thinking of Lena. But, did he really except to her to be waiting and pining away for him. I think she went through the despair long enough and I know I was happy for her when it seemed she moved on. This final books feels so vastly different from the initial book that I feel in love with. I know our characters have grown in leaps and bounds. But, I feel like they've become hard. I miss that carelessness and excitement that they had in the beginning. Plus, I was really disappointed in the ending. I feel like questions weren't really addressed. I kept thinking this can't be it, yet everything I've read says this is the final book in the trilogy. While, I sometimes hate it when an author makes a trilogy longer. This time around, I would like another story. This one isn't done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am very upset with the end i hate those vague endings like this and things needed to be said that weren't. I think another book needs to be writen to explain all of how this story ends. Please write another to explain....... this ending made me very upset.