Author: Lauren Oliver.
Published: March 5th 2013 by HarperCollins Children's Books
Sort: Conclusion of ‘Delirium.’
Part 1: Delirium.
Part 2: Pandemonium.
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.
The dual POV was nice. I liked seeing the way of life through the eyes of a cured one and Hanna wasn’t a bad character. I’m not sure if her POV was needed, but I certainly liked her more than Lena. We just don’t seem to click, but her annoyance was better to endure here.
If I had to summarize this book in a few words, it would be: Running, staying, flee, fighting, losing, crying, complaining and hormones. There is a lot of action in this book and it was fast-paced, but nothing spectacular actually happens. Most of the story is about Lena’s conflicted feelings between Alex/Julian and I just wanted her to make up her mind. It was obvious that she was using Julian as a replacement, because Alex turned her down. But after his whole ‘Oh look at me, I sacrificed myself like the Solomon story’ they finally come back together. Took you long enough! I didn’t care for both boys. I really liked Alex in Delirium, but I hardly know him here. He is on the background and we don’t get time to connect with him. Julian was okay, but not the right match for Lena.
Now, let me talk about that HORRIBLE ENDING. If you can call it that. I’d rather say the failed attempt to put some closure to the story. You can see that it didn’t work for me. It left a bad taste in my mouth. It’s almost like she ended this book with another cliff-hanger for the next one, but now you know there is nothing to wait for. This is what you get and I hated it. I can understand that it’s hard to write a good ending. Everyone is waiting for it and reads towards it, so I can see the pressure to deliver, but this is not how I like to see it and it pretty much spoiled the series.
It’s a shame, but I’m definitely going to read more books from Oliver. I believe she is a gifted author and I really liked her MG books Liesl & Po and The spindlers. I feel bad for disliking this series so much, but I guess we can’t all like the same.