Requiem is the third and final book in the Delirium series, and told in dual perspectives between Lena and Hana. Though I’m sad to see this series end, I’m looking forward to whatever Lauren Oliver has in store for us next! I’ll be keeping this review short and sweet, since I don’t want to spoil anything for the series.
I think what stands out most about this series is how much the characters grow and change over the course of the series. Lena, Hana, Alex, and Julian all change, but I really appreciated Lena’s character arc. At the end of Requiem, she’s an entirely different person than the naive girl she was in Delirium. I also really liked reading from Hana’s perspective, and seeing the differences in her after she was cured, and what it was like living among the “zombies”. More than once, it made me think of the book/movie Warm Bodies (I highly recommend both versions!).
What I love most about this series is how Lauren Oliver explores all the facets of love and how it impacts our lives. Love between parent/child, friends, family, and also how being able to love changes how we generally treat each other, even strangers. This book made me think about all those aspects, long after I’d finished each book. I can’t think of another series that has resonated with me so strongly.
I fell in love with Lauren Oliver’s writing while reading Delirium. The entire series is beautifully written and masterly crafted. Though Requiem is my least favorite book of the series, I think that may be because I was expecting more romance. I was a bit surprised by the ending because there’s not a lot of closure, it’s left open. However, I was able to picture my own ending, and overall I was satisfied.
I listened to Requiem on audiobook, and really enjoyed it. I appreciated how Sarah Drew performed the book, and didn’t just simply narrate it. Though I didn’t like all her voices for the characters, I think she gave a great performance. Her tone, and the inflections of her voice captured the emotions brilliantly. I loved the interview with her at the end, and hearing what she thought of the characters and the story.
I highly recommend this series, and I can’t wait to read more from Lauren Oliver! I’m stalking her website for what’s next!