111 of 118 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2013
I read Delirium and Pandemonium in a span of about two days and I fell in love. I loved the characters, premise, love triangle...it 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 me...it 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!
73 of 80 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2013
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.
53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on 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. After wondering around in the Wilds for the whole book and seeing bombings and massacres by the government I'm supposed to believe that a poorly planned and disorganized group of rebels can pull off a successful coup, tear down the wall and suddenly everything's going to be ok and everyone lives happily ever after? Sorry, don't buy that. Pretty much everything is wrong with this book. It's not the story that should have been told and is a completely frustrating and unsatisfying conclusion to the series. Everything that happens is pointless and irrelevant and ultimately a massive disappointment. I feel about this book how cureds feel about life, disinterested and uncaring. What a waste of time. Verdict: Silver Linings Playbook this mess.
126 of 146 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2013
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"! So what happens with Julian? No one knows. What happens with Tack now that Raven's gone? No one knows. Hanna? Lena's family? The country? Fred? Nope. We just get walls getting torn down in Portland. That'd be cool if Portland were the entire United States...and that wall being torn magically killed off every regulator and uncured traitor in the world...
I SO agree with the other readers here that the characters were very poorly developed in this book (especially Julian). And Alex might as well not have even been there for the lack of role he played in dialogue or anything really. He basically served just as a diterrance between Lena and Julian's relationship, which was a point so obviously made when he left and Lena claimed to finally be able to be freer with Julian when he was gone. So much for the love you claimed to feel. And let's not forget how the girl literally believed the love of her life to be dead, this supposedly strong girl, and just LET him go off with some other girl because he "said" he never loved her...even though he also said that RIGHT after claiming the thought of Lena was the only thought that kept him going while being tortured! I felt like she used him saying that as an excuse to not have to deal with her conflicting emotions, but my opinion is that if she really loved him as much as she claimed to, or really loved Julian as much as she claimed to- it doesn't really matter to me, I just wanted her to make a decision honestly- she wouldn't have just let things drop. She would have been adamant about explaining her actions despite his very obviously untrue claims about never caring about her.
Overall, absolutely nothing was resolved. I spent way too much of my time reading this book hoping for a conclusion to these and many more issues...and I got none. But hey, we at least got the lecture on "tearing down the walls" by the author at the end, right? Maybe that should be changes to "tearing down the pages of this book because I'm so angry"?
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2013
WARNING: SOME SPOILERS, A LOT OF RANTING (HEHE)
This book really fell flat. I don't know if the book itself is so bad or because its predecessors were SO GOOD that I felt that the last book was going to end in an epic manner.
Like others have said, the ending felt really rushed and so many questions were left unanswered. But let's start from the beginning:
1. Pandemonium ended with Lena finding out that Alex isn't dead. I was EXTREMELY happy about that. I thought no way would someone as strong as Lena end up with someone as wimpy as Julian (sorry Julian lovers), I just couldn't stand it, nope. So when Alex came back, I knew they would end up together, I just knew it. But they barely talked to one another! I know there is more to the story than Lena and Alex's relationship, but this is a book about the importance of LOVE and here is the MOST important love story! Alex and Lena could die at any moment, and it is hard for me to believe that they would spend time ignoring one another knowing that the next day isn't a guarantee.
2. Lena's character was so different from the first two book. I felt that I could always relate or at least support Lena. In the beginning, she was basically the perfect model for Portland, a good girl who followed the rules. Too afraid to speak up, or to question her surroundings. I would be just like her if I were in her shoes. In the second book, she learns how to be strong, how to forget the past and live despite the fact that she was sad. In the last book, I didn't know what to think of her. Obviously, she still loves Alex-never stopped loving him-but she toys with Julian's feelings. She runs into his arms because she feels like he is the future, like he is the one she is supposed to be with. However, AS MUCH AS SHE WANTED TO, she couldn't convince herself that Julian was the one, and sadly, she couldn't convince me either. Aside from the love triangle, I didn't really see any character development from Lena. I know she gets stronger, but I found myself kind of annoyed with her.
3. THE EPIC REUNION was a huge let down. The past two books, I have BEEN DESPERATELY waiting for Annabel and Lena's reunion. There were so many questions I wanted answers for, so many heartwarming moments that I looked forward to. But no, their reunion was...kind of flat. I still don't know much about Annabel, and I still don't get (how like Alex and Lena) she isn't trying to get to know her mother as much as possible. PEOPLE, PEOPLE there is a freakin rebellion going on! You don't know how many days you have left to live!! I know they are planning to attack, but how horrible would it be if Annabel were to die? And Lena wouldn't be able to tell her what she'd always wanted to? For someone who was constantly missing her mom, Lena sure isn't taking full advantage of their time together.
4. HANA-I really liked the narration switch between Hana and Lena. First of all, I missed Hana. She was a really fun, and lively character. She gives us the perspective of life after the cure, and how it really tears all the colors right out of her. She is semi robotic, and a bit bland which is sad because she used to be so vibrant. Her confession: I kind of saw it coming. Don't ask why, I just kind of knew. That was a beezy move Hanna, *shakes head in disappointment. Also, her ending sucked. Where did she go???????
5. Family: MORE Grace please! Like when did she finally feel comfortable enough to speak? Where is everyone else? Hello?? I need to know!
6. Fred: What the heck happened to him? Did he make it out of the house?
7. Cassie: Despite only one chapter on her-basically-I really liked her character. More about her would be nice, like how did she know Fred was crazy? What did she see during the explosion? Anything!
MOST IMPORTANTLY: who did Lena choose? For me, this was quite obvious. The author kept throwing hints like freaking daggers throughout the book. Although it isn't 100% spelled out, the choice, at least to me is obvious: LENA CHOOSES ALEX. All the times when they were in the Wilds together, she notices Alex. Notices Coral leaning against him, noticing him looking at her, notices when he isn't in the group. She basically uses Julian, and messes with his feelings. She is mostly cold and rude to him, which although I don't care for Julian, I thought was really messed up. The part about King Soloman's story and how Alex left Lena because he would rather sacrifice his own happiness than her's, was very touching because he did this TWICE: when he risked it all to rescue her and make sure she got over the fence, and when he left the safety of the group because he knew that she couldn't move on with Julian if he was there. I think that was when she knew, ALEX IS THE ONE. She admitted that she could NEVER love Julian the way she loves Alex, and she WISHED she could tell him. The ending, where they end up meeting and rejoicing was also a big giveaway. Although I am TEAM ALEX I found it kind of sad how when Alex asked about Julian, Lena was like uh I hope he's safe. Like she couldn't care less.
LASTLY, I didn't like how the author zooms out at the ending. Like instead of focusing on Lena and the people in her group, she starts to generalize talking about tearing down walls. Yes, it was beautifully written, yes it was symbolic. Not to sound heartless, but I would rather she end it on a more personal note. The conclusion left me pissed off, just like the ending of Mockingjay did.
LAUREN OLIVER, could you at least have given me an epilogue? Maybe *fingers crossed* make this into a series instead of a trilogy? I know she said in an interview that not all stories have happy ending, but I am not even asking for that! I know the story ends with the note that the rebellion may not work, but the point is to fight-live free or die-and that is the message Oliver wanted to push. But, honestly I just want some answers! I don't want to imagine what happened to everyone, I want to know. I don't believe Lena would just grab Grace and be like, "Screw my family, and screw Hana!"
PLEASE Lauren Oliver, if you love and care for your readers, write another book and turn this into a series. Can I get an "amen"?
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2013
I fell in love with this series- it was such an interesting concept and the first book was amazing so if course j had to finish th series. But there was absolutely no resolution!!! Spoiler Alert: Alex admits he still loves Lena, who says she has always loves Alex, but now it's complicated because of Julian. Predictable. But that's where th book ends. WHAT?! Maybe I'm missing some poetic symbolism because Lena can choose and has the freedom and yada yada yada. But this is in the middle of a revolt for crying out loud! If the author was going for some powerful, symbolic ending, it could have been executed much more effectively. It feels like she couldn't decide how to end it so she just cut it off. I DEMAND AN EPILOGUE. Did Hana live or die? What happened to Fred? Where is Lena's and Grace's family? Was the revolt a success? What happens after this? Do they start a revolution? Do they gain the freedom to love? What about Cassie? And if course, who does Lena choose and what happens to the other? Too many unanswered questions!! Inconclusive and aggravating! A thoroughly disappointing end to such a promising series.
30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2013
The ending ruined the whole series for me. Kind of wished I wouldn't have read it now. Should have just stopped at 2 if I wasn't going to get any closure.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2013
I was surprised by Requiem. The first two books were filled with so much realization about love and what it truly means. I was expecting the same thing with Requiem, but I was surprised how little of the love triangle between Lena, Julian, and Alex actually filled the pages. At first I was annoyed and angry, then I flipped to the pages at the end, then I read all the reviews online. Everyone else seemed to agree that it was sort of frustrating how Lauren Oliver had chose to handle the love triangle she created. After awhile of stewing over this for a few days I finally got back into the book, and I realized that there's something more important going on in this book. It isn't about who Lena chooses.... its that she has the freedom TO choose. And that's what this book is about. It's about the people fighting for their freedom. In the book Lena even says that the choice could be the wrong choice, but we still have the right to make that choice. Many felt like the love triangle was unresolved, however I think Lauren Oliver gave us enough hope by what Alex says to Lena at the end... It wasn't the book I expected, but it was intense and very well written. And most importantly, I can understand why it ended like it did.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2013
Delirium and Pandemonium were both great reads. I was anxiously waiting for Requiem. This book started off ok, but then towards the end just fell apart. I mean the whole Alex, Julian, Lena triangle just well short. Alex was mute throughout the book. Ignoring Lena, getting a new girlfriend... Then suddenly he's beating up Julian and then runs away, leaving Lena a cryptic note that she has to figure out. Not understanding him at all. Lena's in love with Alex, pushes Julian away for Alex; only to go running into his arms as soon as Alex leaves. Lena was just all over the place.
I love adding in Hana's story, but then that fell short too. The way she was feeling so guilty and wanting to help Lena and her family I thought she'd want to run away with Lena; get away from the controlling life she was starting to have. I guess she got her wish with making sure Fred stayed in the house, but her ending just felt flighty.
Moving on to the end... What the heck! There's this big build up, with the war, the resistance, Lena, Julian and Alex. And then it ends with the people tearing down the wall to Portland. I mean come on now, Portland was just one tiny city. What does this mean for the resistance? Lena spent days leading up to the fight with Julian and "loving" him. The happiest she's ever been. Then the day before the battle she suddenly ignores him and treats him like he's nothing. I feel so bad for Julian in this book. Its one thing to give someone space and time to figure things out. He was great with that, but then enough is enough. He was so strong in Pandemonium and looked to be building his life in the Wilds. Lena just made him out to be a sucker.
I'm not happy at all with this book. If I knew there was a fourth book coming then it would be different. At least I'd feel that the story was going to come to a conclusion. Alex saying to Lena in the end I love you and I'll find you. Lena saying I've never stopped loving you... Is that all we get from their romance? Didn't there "love" deserve better than no attention at all in the third book and a tiny "I'll always love you" speech in the end. Arrggg!!! Stupid, stupid ending to a good story. I mean I was thinking I must have gotten a bad book. I'm missing at least another chapter in the end. It just can't end like this. But yeah it does... I feel so let down.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2013
My Review: In preparation for this book, I listened to Pandemonium again - mostly because I couldn't quite remember everything that happened, and I wanted to make sure that I got the full effect of the final book. The thing that stuck with me the first time and the next time I listened to the book was this; it's unfair! I didn't want there to be the battle of two boys and one girl. But of course that is what we get.
So here we are. The final book of the Delirium series, and this book is about finally breaking free of the oppression of a government who wants to control everything about the lives of....well everyone. By suppressing feelings of love and hate, they feel that they can create a perfect, safe world, but as it is in any world scenario - there are always exceptions and people who do not want to follow the rules. And in this case, the rule breakers are right. To live without emotion is no way to live at all.
Requiem focuses mostly on the battles to come, planning, plotting and achieving the goal of overturning a corrupt government. This is expected and desired of the third book - I have no complaints there. The thing that was missing a from the book was the relationship between the characters. I felt all interactions between characters was surface level at best. Most of the time conversations were glossed over. Sometimes, all of the dialogue that could have happened was summed up in a paragraph, something like, "and for the remainder of the week we got to know each other." (Those were my words, not a direct quote, by the way.) This disappoints me because the best part about books for me is usually character interactions. It's what makes a great book in my opinion. And this particular book was flush full of opportunities for good dialogue.
The entire book isn't that way, mind you - there are exceptions, like the first real dialogue between Lana and Alex. Lots of emotion there. But there was not much to be had between Julian and Lana, no matter how much we may or may not have fallen in love with Julian in the last book. Lana just sort of used him throughout this entire book, and was very patronizing toward him as well; I was actually looking forward to Julian giving her the what for because of that, but he never did. Lana was all consumed with thoughts of Alex almost the entire time, and continued to use Julian to keep her warm at night. If you're trying to figure things out, you really shouldn't take advantage of someone's emotions while you're doing it. Just my opinion.
If I wasn't so focused on the Lana/Alex/Julian triangle, and the lack of....anything, I might have had the chance to really enjoy the addition of Hana's voice to the book, which in hindsight turned out to be the best parts of the book...but instead of savoring the offshoot of the story, I was too consumed with the passion that was lacking - which I found utterly ironic since it was suppose to be "passion" they were fighting for.