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Requiem (Delirium Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Oliver
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A New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller, this exciting finale to Lauren Oliver's acclaimed Delirium trilogy is a riveting blend of nonstop action and forbidden romance in a dystopian United States. With lyrical writing, Lauren Oliver seamlessly interweaves the peril that Lena faces with the inner tumult she experiences after the reappearance of her first love, Alex, the boy she thought was dead. Named an Amazon Best Book of the Year, this sophisticated and wide-ranging novel brings the New York Times bestselling Delirium trilogy to a thrilling conclusion.

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway 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 infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels.

As Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain of the Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena and Hana's points of view. They live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

Editorial Reviews Review

Songs of Resistance By Lauren Oliver

The conclusion to the Delirium trilogy, Requiem, focuses a lot on Lena’s role in the resistance. It got me thinking about some of my all-time favorite bring-the-fight songs. Here’s a playlist to get you pumped for your own particular resistance!

1. “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Reviva: This song, in particular its chorus, transforms anger over the Vietnam War into a defiant battle cry. When John Fogerty wails out “It ain’t me,” you can feel the pain of a generation of people forced into fighting a war they didn’t believe in.

2. “Rise Above” by Black Flag: Weirdly, this punk song is surprisingly positive! A positive punk song! “We are born with a chance/Rise above/We’re gonna rise above.”

3. “Rebel Girl” by Bikini Kill: The best thing about this song is that the rebel girl isn’t the outcast or the weirdo, she’s the “queen of the neighborhood”! Isn’t that how it should be?

4. “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield: More than anything, this song is a call to reflection, attention, and thought. The nature of the conflict is intentionally vague (which makes it timeless).

5. “Doin’ Time for Bein’ Young” by James Intveld: From the Cry-Baby soundtrack (a great movie about teen rebellion). I think most teenagers feel like they’re being punished for being themselves at some point or another. This song takes that feeling and puts it into a very literal context!

6. “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” by Gil Scott-Heron: In short . . . keep your eyes open because real rebellion has to happen organically.

7. “Search and Destroy” by Iggy and the Stooges: I don’t really know what this song is about, but it is angry and it is beautiful.

8. “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley and the Wailers: “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery/None but ourselves can free our minds.” Nuff said!

9. “Not Ready to Make Nice” by Dixie Chicks: I’m not going to lie—I love the Dixie Chicks! I especially like that they are unapologetic in their opinions and are always willing to take a stand.

10. “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé: Queen B!! Again, nuff said.

11. “99 Luftballons” by Nena: Did you know this song is actually a short piece of dystopian fiction? Much like the Delirium trilogy, it’s a story about what can happen when a government decides that something joyful and human is a dangerous threat. In this case, floating balloons are mistaken for enemy weapons.

12. “The Promised Land” by Bruce Springsteen: The Boss says it all when he says “I feel so weak, I just want to explode.”

13. “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy: It’s all in the title. :)

14. “Elsewhere” by Sarah McLachlan: Sometimes fighting for the small things that are meaningful to you as an individual can be as important as the big social battles. Even though the singer knows that “this is heaven to no one else but me,” she is still willing to “defend it as long as I can breathe.”

15. “You Get What You Give” by the New Radicals: This might be the most optimistic and downright cheery song about trying to change the status quo. It joyfully asks people to give back to the world a little . . . and to maybe make a little mayhem along the way.

16. “Tombstone Blues” by Bob Dylan: Leave it to Dylan to write an epic of societal discontent!

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up -Oliver's final novel (HarperCollins, 2013) in the "Delirium" trilogy uses alternating chapters- Lena and Hana-to run parallel story lines between opposite worlds until the two literally collide in a brilliantly crafted ending. In 21 days, Hana, Lena's childhood best friend, is to marry Fred Hargrove, a secretive, sadistic man whose political platform to restore order got him elected mayor. Hana harbors a dark secret of deceit and betrayal. Three days have passed since Lena, Julian, and a renegade band of Invalids escaped the regulators (and certain death) and returned to the Wilds, which is no longer a safe haven since Hargrove's election. The unexpected reappearance of Alex, who Lena never stopped loving, muddles her feelings for Julian in this complicated love triangle. Determined in their quest to change the future, they join the Resistance. Sarah Drew's narration is fantastic, vividly capturing every human emotion: venomous hatred, whooping joy, flattened resignation, gut-wrenching loss, and wistful love. This harrowing tale of love in all its forms-especially the love of freedom of choice, be it right or wrong-is a riveting page-turner. Oliver saved the best for last-Cheryl Preisendorfer, Twinsburg City Schools, OHα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Product Details

  • File Size: 830 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444723006
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (March 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089LOKHG
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103 of 110 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, but disappointing ending March 6, 2013
By Sarah
I read Delirium and Pandemonium in a span of about two days and I fell in love. I loved the characters, premise, love was all great. I thought it was well written too, if a bit predictable (especially the end of Pandemonium). Requiem starts out great too. The conflict between Alex and Lena is understandable considering what had happened, and there are some really good plot twists (Hana!) and overall it's very engaging. Lena's evolution as a character is one of the best aspects of the book, and for the first half, I loved where the story was going. However, Oliver is really missing one thing -she completely ignores Julian's characterization. After spending a whole book on him, she lets his character go to almost complete waste. He barely has one real conversation with Lena, he always is just simply there, with a sentence or two dedicated to his presence. The only area where he shows any growth was his stance within the group and how that evolves. Other than that, his character falls extremely flat and it's hard to remember why we loved him in Pandemonium. I understand she didn't want to focus too heavily on the love triangle, but essentially ignoring one of the book's main characters was not really the best way to go. I felt the ending is unsatisfying too, mainly because we don't understand the motivations behind Lena's pick. I'm actually very equally divided between Julian and Alex, so it wasn't that her choice dissatisfied was just that we never got a real WHY (or it wasn't addressed enough) and I felt like there was very little closure. Even regarding the revolution - what comes next? It's one thing to be up for interpretation but this was just completely open ended. I feel like the series, being as good as it was, deserves better, as do the characters!
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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Big Letdown March 6, 2013
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As many other reviewers have complained, I too was left so unsatisfied by the ending of this book. I thought it started out great, and the switching between Lena and Hanas perspective was interesting. But then, it just felt like she had to hurry and finish writing at the end. I felt she did not resolve the love triangle, what happened with Hana, or what the results were of the resistance storming Portland. I felt like the story ended a chapter or two prematurely, and that's disappointing because the first two books were so great.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointing mess and massive waste of time March 13, 2013
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. Read more ›
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118 of 137 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So much for a "fight for love"... March 10, 2013
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This is actually my first time writing a review because I have never been so disappointed with a book as I have been with the way this series ended.

There are way too many things to say about this. Where to start?


Let's start with the fact that the only time you actually experience Alex and Lena happily together is in the first book. You write a trilogy where the entire plot line revolves around the fight for love, the right to experience love, and all you see is Lena and Alex so infatuated with each other in Book 1... and then after that, just flimsy, undeveloped relationships between other characters. I want to see what these people are FIGHTING for! Do they even know? There's flimsy allusion to other characters being in relationships, but you sense none of the passion that you'd expect from the people battling and risking their lives to feel what they feel.

Rewinding to Book 2, it wasn't bad. But I mean let's be real, we all knew Alex wasn't really dead. So I'm waiting and waiting this entire book for Alex to show up, and it's not until the very end he pops up. So the natural assumption is "Yay, he's been gone this whole book but now we have a whole book with him and things get to be resolved!" Right? Wrong. Because Alex shows up to be a mute character throughout the entirely of Requiem aside from the total of three exchanges (mostly brief) he has with Lena before the very end when he tells her very briefly that he still loves her (which okay, obviously we knew) and they kiss quickly. That's all. Two whole books of a lead up to..."it's complicated" from Lena and a "I'm not going to leave you again" from Alex. Okay Alex, that's good you're not gonna leave Lena again but I mean, that doesn't change the fact that "it's complicated"!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
Meh. That's the feeling I was left with after reading this book. I was not entirely happy with the way things ended. Read more
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One of my favorite books! I literally could not put the book down, if you haven't read the this trilogy do it nowwww
Published 2 days ago by Amy Claire
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omg it was such a good ending!!!! I don't know what to read next now to follow this great series!!! great job Lauren Oliver great job
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular
I couldn't put it down. I was so caught up in the action! Hated to see it end. Yet I was panting for the next sentence til the end. Loved the finale! Great words Lauren Oliver! Read more
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This story was a real page turner from the start. I had trouble putting it down and I'm crushed that it over now. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Debbe H.
5.0 out of 5 stars but I still love it so much
This book is so freaking irritating, but I still love it so much.
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Completely enjoyed all three.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why does it end like that!
Why does it end like that!!! This trilogy was absolutely exceptional, a must read absolutely addicting but I just wish it ended letting you know how everything turned out for the... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Shelicia
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 Stars
I've fairly enjoyed this series and even though I can say that I did like Requiem I felt that things just weren't resolved to the extent that I would have wanted it. Read more
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Lauren Oliver is the author of the New York Times bestselling YA novels Before I Fall, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem. Her books have been translated into thirty languages. 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. Lauren's first adult novel, Rooms, will be published in September 2014. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver is also the co-founder of the boutique literary development company Paper Lantern Lit. You can visit her online at

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