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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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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"?
Also, the book would have benefited from a large central enemy and central enemy location. We knew it was the uncured and the cured, but there has to be a larger leader, not just a mayor of a town. How about a capital city, a definite enemy, and a final battle scene. It just looked like haphazard, disorganized fighting. It isn't cliche to have a final battle scene and a the destruction of an evil empire. It brings resolution. Just because there is a formula to writing adventure, doesn't mean it's not a good formula. The writing is what makes it special, and Ms. Oliver can write.
I did like the Hana story. I did like like the fact that Lena was able to rescue her cousin. And although the ending was rushed, I do believe her reconciliation with Alex was sufficient in relation to the ending as a whole, which was short. That did show some hope, and I'm glad they were able to reconnect and her decision, although not stated, it's pretty clear that she was going to pick Alex in the end.
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