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Requiem (Delirium Trilogy) Hardcover – March 5, 2013
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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!
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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"!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Requiem is the third installment in the Delirium series by best-selling author, Lauren Oliver. I absolutely adored the first two books in the series: Delirium and Pandemonium. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Olivia McCloskey
I'm not gonna write any spoilers but this was my least favorite book in the delirium series.Published 12 days ago by Delores C. Emeagi
Wasn't crazy about the Hana story every other chapter.... Yawn kind of forgot about her after the first book and was disappointed the third book focused so much on her character. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Crystal Lafferty
Loved the series but disappointed in the ending. I wanted more…Published 16 days ago by Kindle Customer
I LOVED this book and the series but I'd be lying if I didn't say that I was a little sad about the ending. I feel like there were so many things left unsaid and wide open. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Panda