Requiem by Lauren OliverRequiem by Lauren Oliver


byLauren Oliver

Hardcover | March 5, 2013

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The third and final book in Lauren Oliver’s powerful New York Times bestselling trilogy about forbidden love, revolution, and the power to choose.

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion has ignited into an all-out revolution, 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. They live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

Lauren Oliver is the author of the YA bestselling novelsBefore I Fall, Panic,andVanishing Girlsand the Delirium trilogy:Delirium, Pandemonium,andRequiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages and areNew York Timesand international bestselling novels. She is also the author of three novels for middle grade readers:T...
Title:RequiemFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.33 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1.33 inPublished:March 5, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062014536

ISBN - 13:9780062014535


Rated 3 out of 5 by from What were you thinking with the ending? So the first book got me hooked on this dystopian theme, in the second book we got really strong character development and it was insanely good, the third book just lifted you up and up and up and then.... well nothing! The ending was horrid, nothing was wrapped up, I almost felt as though the author had already moved onto other things so rushed it to get it published! nothing was answered. You needed at least another 6 chapters to all these loose ends tied up.
Date published: 2018-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So close to being so good The last book in the Delirium Trilogy. The majority of the book was absolutely phenomenal, my only problem is with the ending, which was left extremely open ended, to the point that I didn't feel at all satisfied. Would have given it 5 stars if there was another book coming to wrap up all the loose ends, but sadly there is not. I'd recommend reading the Delirium Stories afterwards if you want some small answers. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New favourite series! I loved these books, I could not put them down. You will feel every emotion reading these books. Wish there was more than 3!
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entirely satisfied on how the story ended! Oliver did a phenomenal job with this series and I loved the way she ended the story. it was satisfying and natural all at the same time. Sad that the story ended but will definitely re-read it!
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Alright This last book wasn't my fav but it was alright. I hate the way Lena acted but I guess she was stronger but still immature? Hana grew on me throughout this one, her part helped to grasp the way the cure changes you.. The ending was mehh I mean we know who she picks but come on give me some more Alex time...
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I Know What's Going To Happen 2 Chapters Before It Happens If you're in your early teens its a pretty good read, if you're in your late teens I strongly suggest to find a different book.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dare To Be Free ** SPOILER ALERT ** I'm not sure where to even start with this novel...I can definitely see why a lot of people were on the fence about this third and final novel. The character that I had resonated with mostly through the first two novels was Hana. And in the third book you find out for sure that she is the one that turned Lena and Alex in. I'm sorry, but that's just upsetting. She did it because she is jealous?. Seriously !! I read that and was immediately turned off from the book. I would never do that, and I'm not sure she even could have either. She knew she was going to go through with the procedure, she assumed that Lena would too. Lena who was her best friend, confidant, and someone that was always there for her. Nope, don't buy it...definitely upset about that. Now poor Alex...anyone with a brain knew he was still in love with Lena and never stopped. But poor Alex escapes and finds out she's already moved on. I hated that for him. I hated that he felt betrayed and unwanted and it was Lena who made him feel that way. She is so wishy-washy with her feelings for Alex and Julian that it's honestly hard to read. Julian deserves to be with someone that is going to love him completely, for the person that he is. I was seriously hoping that Julian and Lena never fell in love but he still joined the resistance and once Coral was introduced I thought maybe that would be a thing. But no. It was evil, the worst triangle love story ever. One minute she says her connection with Julian is the strongest she's ever felt for someone and the next she says she could never love someone the way she loves Alex. Needless to say this conclusion of this series just kind of changed the series for me. I didn't really care about Hana's story or opinion after that bomb was revealed. And the ending just ended...nothing was definitely solved, which I guess is more true with real-day present life. I was hoping for more a yes the cure was stopped, yes people were free to love and make choices. The last paragraph was quite inspiring. I just hope that Lena and Alex make it through and that Julian finds actual true love.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from disappointing end to the trilogy Delirium became one of my favourite books when I read it, and I enjoyed pandemonium as well. I was so excited to read requiem but it was honestly such a disappointing end to an amazing trilogy. I thought the ending was way too rushed, and it left so many questions unanswered. It could have been so much better
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Ending Lauren Oliver delivers. What she delivers is a bit unexpected. The ending is a bit ambiguous but I think it works for the subject matter. There are definitely loose ends but none that hinder comprehension of the plot of the series. I still think the author could write another book but at the same time, the series feels complete as is.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! As per usual, great writing! However, I wish there were a few more moments with Alex and Lena at the end - wish there was a bit more time taken for the ending
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read. This book was good, but it wasn't the best ending.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh It was a well written story but didn't function well as a final book. I was left wanting more and not exactly in a good way.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favourite In my opinion it wasn't the best in the series wnd it could've been better
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Bad ... ** spoiler alert ** I liked it. It was well written and very realistic in how things would have gone in that situation (characters die and things don't go the way they were supposed to) but I didn't like the love triangle. I preferred Julian and I didn't like how she was "with" him because she felt she needed to and because Alex didn't want her. The "I don't love you I never did but I clearly still do" story line is so overdone so it was frustrating because I didn't believe it for a minute but I guess they needed drama somehow. I hated how it ended because I felt like it left too much open but I liked the message it had behind it and that none of the characters were black and white. I dropped it in some water so I had to pay for the copy which took some of the enjoyment out of it but that's not the books fault. Overall I'd read the series again because I now own the last book.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This is an amazing book! I read it when it first came out and before the cover design was changed and it is still one of my favourites! It is often compared to "Divergent" and, reading both series, I can say with certainty that this series is so much better!
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An okay read but nothing special I would say that I liked this final novel in the Delirium trilogy the most out of the three. First, the character development alone was outstanding (but not in a highly unrealistic way). When I first began the series, I didn't find I liked the main character of Lena. But in this final book, you could really read of how she has become stronger and more mature through the events she has been through. Also, Hana. Another character that I wouldn't say I was drawn to. I found she was petty, superficial, and just didn't really like her original character. But again, in this novel it was evident of the struggles that she went through as well as the loyalty she had for her best friend. The love triangle. Without giving too much away, I'm not sure how I feel about the final outcome of the relationship dilemma but this leads to me to my overall thoughts on the ending.... The ending. It didn't really read like an ending to me. I feel as if there is a lot unresolved and questions unanswered. I don't know if the ending was left like that for a possible continuation of the series or if the ending was left like that for readers to make their own interpretations. I can't say it was the worst ending I've read but it did leave quite the mystery which really had me thinking. If there were more books published for this series, I wouldn't be surprised and I would read them. But, if there weren't more books published for this series I also wouldn't be surprised or disappointed. So overall, I guess this series (and this book in particular) was a success, especially if the writer was hoping for the ending to be quite the mystery.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay End I thought the ending would be a little better, considering the earlier books were far more superior in plot and storyline. I had some higher expectations for how the book would end, but I found it to be an okay, not phenomenal, conclusion to the series.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright Good series but the worst eneding ever. Left me very unsatisfied and felt very rushed,
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bad Ending Loved this series and adored the idea, but the ending was just very disappointing and left me extremely unsatisfied.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal Dystopia - Yet stunningly real and compelling offering so much insight into today. A trilogy that grew and grew in scope and depth. A love story fortunately free from the usual forays into dreary romanticism. A fantastic trilogy that would give The Hunger Games a run for distinction.
Date published: 2015-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !AMAZING! This book series is amazing. Each book had parts were it tuged on your heart strings. There was never a time when I wanted to put my book down, I wanted to keep reading even when there were no more pages to read. I loved every single little thing in these books, I wish there was one more book...or two.
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review She didn't really give us an ending. It was quite good but I would love it even more if she and Alex weren't distant.
Date published: 2014-03-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Left much to desire I enjoyed that this book was written from both Lena and Hana’s perspectives. There were many platforms that were introduced that could have led this book to being great. This story could have been the next big series…however it falls short in story line, character development and thought provocation. Where it lacked; I found Lena’s story to be very repetitive, and truly felt frustrated because her story went nowhere. The relationship between Lena and her mother, and the love triangle between Lena, Alex and Julian was skimmed over at best with little depth, self-revelation or resolution. There was no growth in Lena as a person or development in any relationships. The book ended with her being the same person she was when it started, and in the same situation as when it started. Hana’s story had so much potential, and it would have been interesting to delve deeper into what she was experiencing and going through. Again I found her story repetitive and with little depth. The ending of the book, all I can say is Wow. And I don’t mean that in a good way. Horrible ending! As the story leads back into Portland and the two stories begin to intertwine I thought finally this story was going somewhere. I thought finally some resolution some development some finality. But no I was left frustrated again by the potential and the possibilities that were not taken and the lack of finality to the series.
Date published: 2013-11-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from MIA: The ending! Requiem is the final book in the Delirium series and, unlike the first two, this one is told in two POVs. We have Lena in The Wilds and Hana in Portland. The first two books in the series didn’t blow me away but I did enjoy them. This one though, I have to admit I found myself being really disappointed. This book didn’t feel like the finale of a series, maybe the book right before the finale where things are starting to happen but nothing major is really resolved. I felt like Lena took a giant leap backward in development. From learning to love in Delirium to becoming a strong young woman in Pandemonium to being petty and jealous and leading one boy on in Requiem. Julian, after being introduced as a character with a lot of potential in Pandemonium(come on, the kid of the most vocal guy about the cure, so much more could have been done with that) seemed nothing more than a plot device in the way of Lena/Alex and really, seemed forgotten about a lot of the time. And Alex, he was a douche and time after time he purposely hurt her by being an ass. “For her own good” in his mind or not, I have a hard time forgiving that. The Hana part of the story was the part I enjoyed the most. She was the rebellious one in Delirium and she’s the one stuck in Requiem. Everything just felt so hopeless for her and I desperately wanted to see her have something real in her life. But honestly, in terms of finales, this one just felt small. I can deal with not everything being resolved at the end of a book and not everything/everyone changing for the good, but something needs to be resolved and something needs to change. By the end of this book, it really felt like things were only starting to turn for the better and there’s this whole story we’re missing out on that happens afterward. I want that story. I want some resolution. I wanted more action instead of lots and lots(and lots) of walking and love triangle drama. (Still hoping the pilot for Delirium makes it’s way online somehow though, just to see how they changed things)
Date published: 2013-10-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from too many cliche.. I like the title of this book, "requiem", very suitable title to a final book. Requiem brings more action, and details description of miserable life in the wilds, and I love how Mrs.Oliver use Solomon story to back-up her idea of sacrifice. As a final book, I didn't get a "satisfied" feeling, like, "Is it the end? Where's the other pages??" So many unanswered question and unfinished sub story here, it's like Mrs. Oliver runs out of paper. And once again, the cliche "finally" always happened! Why she must put the matters into something that soooo predictable, after all she has done in previous chapter?! Overall, this trilogy is really suits for young adult readers, to learn about the family, friendship, fight and the LOVE itself.
Date published: 2013-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING The Delirium series was definitely my favorite books that I've ever read, I read all three books in 4 days! You won't regret reading them. I promise!
Date published: 2013-08-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Delerium Trilogy Finished Requiem is by far the worst of the trilogy. Hana and Julian should have totally hooked up in the end.
Date published: 2013-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very open ending but great The ending has had many negative reviews from fans but I believe that it suits this story. The life of the cureds is known and certain, however those who choose love have freedom to choose and an uncertainty for the rest of their lives. Great book and trilogy! ! Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2013-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very open ending but great The ending has had many negative reviews from fans but I believe that it suits this story. The life of the cureds is known and certain, however those who choose love have freedom to choose and an uncertainty for the rest of their lives. Great book and trilogy! ! Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2013-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from miss really liked this trilogy but found the ending lacking.
Date published: 2013-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous ending to brilliant series The Good Stuff Perfect ending to a brilliant series Exceptional character development - I detested Lena at the beginning of this trilogy and was disgusted with her acceptance of her life & ended up cheering and hoping for her The ending is so wonderful. If Oliver never writes anything else about these characters you can be satisfied and left with a sense of hope. At the same time it leaves it open if she wants to write more she can - brilliant Oliver is a gifted storyteller. Everything feels so very real and you are emotionally invested in the characters Kept on the edge of my seat about what was going to happen Really makes you think about love - at times it does feel like a disease - and maybe we would all be better without it -- but at the same time it is the thing that gives us purpose Last page is beautiful and wise The Not So Good Stuff A little too angsty with the two love interests - hey I am old, this sort of thing irritates me at times Favorite Quotes/Passages "Who knows? Maybe they're right. Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings. Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it. But we have chosen a different road. And in the end that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose." "How can someone have the power to shatter you to dust - and also to make you feel so whole." "I like seeing the Wilds this way: skinny, naked, not yet clothed in spring. But reaching, too, grasping and growing, full of want and thirst for sun that gets slaked a little bit more every day. Soon the Wilds will explode, drunk and vibrant." "This is the strange way of the world, that people who simply want to love are instead forced to become warriors." Who Should/Shouldn't Read Obviously if you enjoyed the other two books in the trilogy, you will love this You have to read the other two stories first - won't make sense unless you do 5 Dewey's I purchased this from Chapters Shawnessy because I read the rest of the series and loved it
Date published: 2013-05-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Long and boring Dragged on without much excitment. But satisfying end to the series.
Date published: 2013-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great writing but the story fell a little flat. The conclusion to the Delirium Trilogy was a bit of a disappointment for me. While I really loved Lauren Oliver's writing style and the underlying premise of the books, I was never really invested in her characters or the progression of the story. This last book was said to be, (by so many readers), fantastic, wonderful, and heart wrenching. Unfortunately, I didn't feel any of that. Yes, it was extremely well written but it never had my heart pounding or made me fly through the pages because I wanted or needed to know what happened next. I'm disappointed that Lauren Oliver didn't give me a concrete reason to root for Lena and Alex or Lena and Julian. I just didn't care. I also didn't care to know what had become of Lena's family or her best friend Hana. I really expected more excitement, conflict, and romance from this series because it had all the right elements. But they just didn't seem to come together in any meaningful way. I'm struggling with the rating because the writing, in and of itself, is top notch but the story just meandered and never really took me away. Overall, the series for me, was a 3.5.
Date published: 2013-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpected but satisfying end to the series This is a really difficult review to write. The Delirium trilogy has meant a lot of me and I’m sad to see it come to a close. I still remember when I first picked up Delirium on a whim, during a Borders closing sale. I had no idea what the book was about or who Lauren Oliver was – I only knew I had seen the cover on some blogs and people seemed pretty excited for it. I had no idea I was picking up what was soon to become one of my favourite books and that Lauren Oliver was about to become an author I would never forget. I had a lot of expectations going into Requiem. And a lot of fears too. Would the series end the way I wanted it to? Would my heart end up smashed into a million pieces? It was a lot of pressure for one little book. There’s really not much I can tell you about the plot of Requiem without giving anything away. I will say that there was a certain direction I thought this book would go in and it didn’t. But that isn’t a bad thing. I like the direction Lauren Oliver chose to take series in. It was different and unexpected and because of that it kept me guessing. It wasn’t what I expected but that worked out for the best because that meant I was just as obsessed with finding out what happened next as I had been in Delirium and Pandemonium. The unique thing about Requiem was the addition of alternating chapters between Lena and Hana’s point-of-view. I have to say I really enjoyed Hana’s chapters. Having read the short story, Hana, I found I wanted to know more about her character and what she had been up to. But even if you haven’t read the story, you’re going to be heavily invested in her chapters. There is some crazy stuff in there! And as always I enjoyed Lena’s voice. I think she’s grown a lot over the series but she’s still not perfect – which in my opinion is how it should be. She’s still so young and has so much ahead of her, it would be crazy for her to have it all figured out. However, I do have one criticism of Requiem. It doesn’t change my overall feeling about the novel/series but it did leave me a little disappointed. I found there are certain issues that don’t get addressed until late in the book. And because they are presented so late they really don’t get as fleshed out as I would have liked. There are two in particular that kind of bugged me and left me wanting more. I think there was so much potential to explore the effects of certain relationships and it just wasn’t met. I know I’m being super vague but I don’t want to give anything away. If you’ve read the book I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. Perhaps a discussion post is in order? Reservation aside, I do think Requiem is a beautiful end to an amazing series. Lauren Oliver has brought to life some amazing characters, she has made me cry sob, kept me up until all hours of the night, eyes glued to the page. She has given me a series that I want to re-read over and over. The Delirium series is a powerful story of love and resistance and freedom with universal themes everyone can relate to. So this isn’t so much a review as it is a love letter to Lauren Oliver. 3 Recommendation: A hard breaking but strong end to a fabulous series. A must read. This and other reviews at More Than Just Magic (
Date published: 2013-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Um overall a good series. Was expecting a bit more. The ending allows you to useg your imagination, which is both good & bad. I'd go for Uglies first, but would recommend.
Date published: 2013-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After I had a significant number of worries coming into Requiem. This book was easily my most anticipated read of 2013; I've invested so much emotion and energy into this story and its characters. Delirium easily stands as one of my favourite books ever. But there was so much riding on this one little book! I'd say that Alex, rather than Lena, is my favourite character of the bunch and Pandemonium just didn't seem to set things up for the ending I wanted to see. And there's always something heartbreaking about the ending of a series; bittersweet, like saying goodbye to old, familiar friends. I'll say right away that I was not nearly as disappointed or as devastated as most other readers seemed to be by Requiem. It made me look at the trilogy from a whole new light, and I'm curious to see how I'll feel after re-reading the three books. Also: this review is the hardest one I've ever written, hands down. Reasons to Read: 1. A story about love that's about more than romance: One thing I've noticed is how easy it is for us readers to get caught up in the Julian/Alex debate. But while reading Requiem, I soon became aware that this was not the biggest focus of the book or even the series. I'm so appreciative that Lauren Oliver took the chance to explore other avenues of love, from the relationship between Lena and her mother, to her best friend Hana, to the deep, life-altering friendships she makes in The Wilds and within the resistance. I think it's easy for us to focus so much on these swoon-worthy boys that we miss some of the other heartbreaking moments; for me, it was notably the deterioration of Lena and Hana's friendship and Lena's lack of a relationship with her mother, Annabel. And you know what? I was honestly & pleasantly surprised by how much Requiem didn't focus on the romance. That's a blessing in YA these days and really great for those who want to see more from a book than just romance. Yet it still has some of the best romance I've ever read about (in the series, as a whole). 2. Lena's epic character transformation: I'd hate to call this "character development" because it's much more than that - rather, it's more like an evolution. When you compare the old Lena from Delirium to the changing Lena in Pandemonium with the new Lena in Requiem, it becomes apparent how drastic these changes have been. Yet, one thing I noticed re-reading Delirium is that the seeds of change were already planted in Lena before Alex ever came along. I might even say that she's more like her mother than she may ever realize. But I believe it is entirely consistent with her character and who she is for this transformation to take place. 3. A world falling apart: One of my favourite parts of this series is that Lauren has so much attention on the world she's created, and really works to bring it to life through her stories. I found Requiem to have a bit more of an emphasis on this, and we really get to see a society that's crumbling apart. I'm incredibly curious to know what happens in the future, but I think it's clear that big changes are coming for society. 4. Hana offers a fresh perspective to the book: Hana is easily one of the most interesting characters from the Delirium cast, and I think this is another reason in support of saying that by Requiem, it's very clear that the books are about so much more than a love triangle or even just Lena's life. While Lena is busy with the resistance, Hana is our insider view to Portland and the "upper class" of that community. I found Hana's story to have the potential to be just as heartbreaking as Lena's, and her voice stood out so much from Lena's narrative that it was a great way to freshen up the series. I'll also admit that it would take a lot for me to truly hate this book - I'm well aware that I'm biased (and maybe partially blinded?) by my love for these books. And I can understand why so many readers may be disappointed by how few plot elements are actually wrapped up. That is disappointing, but I can see how the open-endedness works well too. (For me, I'm happily convinced that Alex and Lena are together forever and have ten happy little babies and they spend a lot of time reading poetry and kissing. It doesn't matter what happens in these books, that has always been the ending I invented.) I was, however, a tad disappointed with Lena at a few points. I was surprised by her reactions a few times, particularly when it came to Alex and Julian because most of that felt so immature. While something so big is happening with the resistance, it didn't fit to have so much angst between a handful of characters about personal problems. Maybe it was the stress of it all that brought out their worst, but it largely felt out of character to me (and yes, I'm pointing my blame-finger at you too, Alex). ARC received from HarperCollins Canada for review; no other compensation was received.
Date published: 2013-03-05

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