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.
We are even free to choose the wrong thing.
When we last left Lena, she was neck deep in the Resistance, fighting for the right to love. She managed to rescue Julian from the cure and the pair were learning to love (or in Lena’s case, learning to love again). But then Alex—glorious Alex!—shows up, scarred and deeply changed. In Requiem, the final installment in Lauren Oliver’s heart-pounding dystopian trilogy, Lena is struggling with her feelings for her new love and the man she never stopped loving, all the while fighting to survive in the Wilds with Raven and their motley band of resisters.
Requiem is told through the alternating perspectives of Lena and Hana. Given that the other books were told in Lena’s voice, I was all prepared to jut out my bottom lip and pout when I saw that I was getting less of Lena’s story. I was wrong to judge so quickly. Hana’s voice offers an interesting perspective on the cure and how it changes emotions. She also has some very shocking revelations that I did not see coming. Lena’s chapters are raw and gritty. She shows us more of the Wilds, the Invalids, and both sides of love’s sharp razor: the good and the bad. As the end gets closer and closer, and Lena and Hana’s stories begin to merge, the suspense will have your ears humming with the sound of your racing heart. It is no easy feat to walk away from this book.
Oliver’s writing is once again spot on. She is a master of selective words. A few words, one carefully crafted sentence, and your heart is either flying or breaking. She tells a beautiful story.
My one complaint about this book, and it is a small one, is simply that I wanted more Alex. I fell in love with him in Delirium, and then spent all of Pandemonium mourning for him only to find out that he was miraculously alive (thank you Lauren Oliver!); I just wanted more.
Well folks, we have come to the end, but in many ways it feels like the beginning. Requiem ends powerfully, epically, streaked through with sadness and bursting with unquenchable hope. I have nothing but love for this series about a world fighting over love, and I am sorry to say goodbye to it.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (4.5/5 hearts)