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Requiem (Delirium Trilogy) Paperback – May 17, 2016
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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!
Following Delirium (2011) and Pandemonium (2012), this trilogy ender changes things up by splitting the narrative into two first-person perspectives: Lena, who continues to fight for freedom with the Invalids in the Wilds, and Hana, Lena’s old best friend, who was cured of amor deliria nervosa (aka love) and is closing in on her arranged marriage to the city’s rotten new mayor. Lena’s story grinds through the motions a bit, with a somewhat forced love triangle (or square?) alternating with various resistance maneuvers starring our band of scrappy heroes. Hana’s story line, though, is a winner, bringing back to the fore what was so inspired about the first volume—the idea that longing is in itself something important to long for. This is one of the premier preoccupations of paranormal romance, and no one has distilled it as cannily as Oliver. The happy/angry, wealthy/poor balance of both plotlines is satisfying, as is their final collision. And is there a theme more perfect for YA readers than choosing what you want from life rather than being told what to do? HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This hugely successful trilogy should go out with a sizable bang, including advertising, appearances, a mobile campaign, and plenty of good old-fashioned chatter. Grades 9-12. --Daniel Kraus --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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"Do you still love me?"
"I never stopped"
With that, everything is going to be ok.
I felt that this last installment focused on the pros and cons of making your own choices and living in a world where feelings exist (it's messy, and sometimes people make the wrong choice). It ends with a Berlin Wall kind of moment and the feeling that opportunities are opening up for people in Portland. I think the openness (rather than resolution) was deliberate. It worked fine for me, but might be an issue for others.
Romantic love is the catalyst for most of the dramatic action in this trilogy, but love between children and caregivers is an important theme throughout, and comes even more into focus with Requiem. The biggest plus was Hanna`s story. It was told with a distinctive voice and gave insight into what the cure was really like.
Where to start?
I guess with the obvious, and often repeated: Authors, STOP ADDING VIEWPOINTS TO LATER BOOKS IN SERIES. I don't know how much I can say this. STOP. IT. If you choose first person to start your book, and first person works for the first two books (or three, Stephenie Meyer, or six, Kelley Armstrong), then make it work. This is a total cop out. And it almost always adds nothing to the book except my frustration.
Okay, so I expected that downside from the beginning. It's been a year since I read the first two books and I remember enough to get into Requiem, but not enough to remember details. Was I think annoyed at everyone during those books, I wondered about 15 pages in when Alex (within the span of two pages) tells Lena he survived for her, but then, oh wait, he never loved her, and she only believed the second part. Believed and believed it until I wanted to beat her over the head since it didn't even make sense. I don't even think that's a spoiler, but sorry if I spoiled something for you.
And I think there is my biggest complaint: Lena is stupid. She's an idiot. And not in the coming-of-age, can't-quite-make-up-my-mind way. In the emotionally incompetent delusional way. She has no sense about people. Maybe this is from growing up surround by people with the "cure," but whatever it is, it got on my nerves.
And I don't think I expected the story to take this path, and I don't think it was a smart one. Comparisons to the Uglies series are inevitable, and in my opinion, that series is FAR superior.
The ending sucked, like Oliver sort of ran out of time and was like, yeah, this is nice. NO. I am okay with an open ending, a use your imagination to completely resolve everything ending, but COME ON.
Ugh, I think the idea from Delirium had a lot of potential. I just wish it hadn't ended (can we even say it ended?) like this.
Full review: http://www.bookrambles.com/2013/01/spoiler-alert-requiem-of-delirium.html
And I'll always love the idea that love is wrong. The forbidden, the taboo, the outlawed. It's always an intriguing story, it always draws me in.
Despite it not going my way, this book is perfect.