A review by Elizabeth Manthos
★★★★☆ four out of five stars
Requiem, the final novel in the Delirium trilogy (Liz already reviewed book 1 and book 2), brings the dystopian young adult series to a close. Lena’s story finally comes to an end, filled with adventure, heartbreak and surprise.
Unlike the two previous novels, Lena’s story is intertwined with her best friend Hana. We learn how Hana is living after the cure and secrets that she discovers along the way, who she is meant to trust. We discover Hana’s biggest secret and the reason Lena and Alex got caught.
We find out information about the resistance, what happens to Lena’s family inside the walls and after Lena escaped. Requiem returns to Portland, where this all started, with the resistance growing on the outside and the new mayor’s oppression on the inside. Finally, we learn what happens with Lena and Alex.
Lauren Oliver writes a thrilling story. The time I spent reading this novel was the time I spent running through the Wilds with Lena and joining the resistance. Not to mention falling for Alex all over again.
We see characters we have come to love, grow and develop as the story progresses and other characters we have come to love break our hearts. Some scenes cause your heart to melt or leave you sobbing while others make you wish you were part of the novel so you could knock some sense into the character
The final novel kept me completely hooked but I was sad to see it come to an end. I wanted to find out more, especially after the small cliff hanger at the end of the novel. That would have to be my only pet peeve about the whole series: we never find out how it exactly ends. Lauren Oliver leaves it up to the reader’s imagination to decide where they end up.
I enjoyed Requiem and loved it as a finale to the trilogy. Lauren Oliver really did a phenomenal job with this series; I just wish it didn’t have to end.