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Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, 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.Requiem is told from the perspectives of both Lena and her friend Hana. They live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

391 pages, Hardcover

First published March 5, 2013

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Lauren Oliver

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Lauren Oliver is the cofounder of media and content development company Glasstown Entertainment, where she serves as the president of production. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren's bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by AwesomenessTV; Before I Fall is now a major motion picture and opened in theaters March of 2017. The sequel to Replica, titled Ringer, is her most recent novel and was released October 3rd, 2017.

Her novels for middle grade readers include The Spindlers, Liesl & Po, and the Curiosity House series, co-written with H. C. Chester. She has written one novel for adults, Rooms.

A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver divides her time between New York, Connecticut, and a variety of airport lounges. You can visit her online at www.laurenoliverbooks.com.

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42 reviews63 followers
March 13, 2013

That was awful. Completely awful. Holy hell. What happened?

Summary of Requiem: Lena leads Julian on to make Alex jealous. That's it. That's the whole book.

Lena... what happened to you? You were bland in Delirium, had this AMAZING character growth in Pandemonium, and here? You were petty and whiny and annoying. Criminy. She asked to leave behind a burned, injured, defenseless girl who had just lost her home and family all because she was jealous that Alex talked to her. Way to be a shitty person, Lena!

The Lena/Hana back and forth POV chapters were okay. Hana's story was better than Lena's story. At least Hana had some character development, unlike anyone else in the book. I didn't even like Lena anymore. Her character growth from the second book was basically stomped out. Instead of character development, she had recession of character development. Julian was totally forgettable here, his only purpose being to make Alex jealous for Lena and not having any further character development either. Guess it was all used up in Pandemonium. (SUCH GOOD CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IN PANDEMONIUM!!!! WHAT HAPPENED HERE HOLY BALLS).

Oh, and there was Alex. Alex, who was a HUGE ASSHOLE THE ENTIRE BOOK.

I can't even give this two stars. The prose was as beautiful as always, but not even that can save it. My hope that the series could be good after Pandemonium crashed down and I just. I can't. I really don't think a book has ever disappointed me so much. I probably shouldn't have gone in with such high expectations after the greatness that was Pandemonium, but I did.

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117 reviews29 followers
January 3, 2016
Warning: There might be MINOR spoilers so yea, be warned :)

When Alex and Lena were doing this...

I looked like this.

and then this..

okay I'm calm. I.am.calm.

Although Julian somewhat grew on me in Requiem, my heart still belongs to Alex. Frankly, Alex din't do a lot in this book. He is not as active as Julian who, though struggling, managed to adapt well in the Wilds. His natural leadership skills are amazing and he is really determined to prove his worth quickly. I think Lena was waaay more whiny when she first became an invalid than the rich kid Julian and I really admired him for that.
He also has the urge of protecting Lena though he is not capable of doing that. MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
On to Alex. He has another love interest here. And was trying to avoid Lena and Julian. He was not in real action here actually, mostly he was described as aloof and snobbish especially to Lena and Julian. He often hangs out with the new girl, knees touching blah blah blah. And then he saves Lena's ass. Again. Though Lena managed to save Alex too
Alex is still Alex. The one who is willing to sacrifice his own happiness for Lena's sake. The sweet sweet guy that we all love.

She and Lena made up :)

Raven, Tack, Hunter, Bram, Lu, Coral:
They're Lena's constant companions here, although not all of them made through and there is some kind of that shocks Lena.

She has a MAJOR role in this. She describes how the cure worked on her. Her feelings, or the lack thereof, and her fear that the cure didn't properly work constantly bugs her. I know I hated Hana not so long ago because of her freaking jealousy, but she kinda made up for it. She has contributed greatly to the Invalid's cause, although she is a cured person herself.

Who did Lena choose?
I love it that Oliver did not spell it out for us. She left me hanging but in a completely content way. I felt satisfied. I know Lena chose him but she is not rushing it. She loves the other one and she will take things slow, figure out how to proceed from there. How to fix things. At least that's the way I thought it meant.

Lauren Oliver:
I said it before and I'll say it again. YOU ARE A GENIUS. I don't know how you do it but you made my heart happy. You've told a wonderful story that I am sure I'll never forget it. You made Lena so strong but still realistic. She's not a superhuman, not perfect but she's brave. She loves. She cares , and she stands up for what she believes. Now that's a remarkable heroine.

OH GEEZ. THIRD BOOK!!! I hope the world won't end in 2012.

*enters the much dreaded love triangle* surprise surprise! *thousands of rolling eyes
ooh Aleeeeeeeeex! Your minimal appearance in Pandemonium is not enough!!
Anyway, the third book will be from Lena and Hana's POV.. okay.
I hope it'll be told from Alex's POV though :( But I guess this story centers more on the political stuff, not the romance dept so putting Hana's POV, being a cured one, fits right. But I kinda hate her. I like Oliver's writing, I hope this book wouldn't disappoint.
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67 reviews67 followers
June 29, 2014

Okay, I know a lot of people have read/liked my 'review' for the ending of Pandemonium and the blurb of requiem, but here's my long-awaited review of Lauren Oliver's Requiem.

I'm going to be very, very honest here. I didn't like it. Compared to the awesomeness that was Delirium, this was honestly disappointing. I hate when authors sway to far from the original plot of the series, which was exactly what Lauren Oliver has done in this latest installment.

The first book was an exciting tale about two people who were in love, and were determined to keep it that way, despite the costs. Alex and Lena's love story was thrilling and interesting, due to the circumstances of their illegal romance and having the characters experience emotions that were entirely new to them. The second book added more depth to the rebellion side to the plot, but still continued with a forbidden love story between Lena and Julian (no matter how much we may have hated Julian, it was still true to the trilogy's origins of forbidden love).

But this book felt sort of...flat. ESPECIALLY since the ending to the last book was so shocking and exciting, the way Oliver continues the story is disappointing.

Firstly, you'll have to forgive me for leaving out some detail, I read the book over a year ago and I'm only just getting around to the review. But I remember that I was really pissed that the start of this book didn't pick up right after the last book finished. I wanted to know what Lena's immediate reaction was, I wanted to know what was said after "Don't believe her.", I wanted to know their first conversation. I NEEDED TO NOW THESE THINGS BUT I NEVER GOT THE ANSWERS.

There was no spark between Alex and Lena. Their love had been so passionate and intense in the first book, and I honestly refuse to believe that the air between them was so tense. Like yeah, Julian was a big bump in the road, but knowing Alex he would have understood. She obviously believed he was dead, and grief doesn't equal 'not able to find love again'.

Overall, I just wasn't interested in the plot either. I was so focused on wanting Alex to reconcile with Lena that nothing else sparked my interest.

Also, for a book with such bland emotion and frustrating (not in the good way) plot, the ending was awful. Yes, with some books you can get away with an ending that's very brief and vague, but this series needed more. The plot was just too BIG to end like it did. It was in dire need of an explanatory epilogue.

Oh well, some books are just duds. Whatever.


~EDIT #2~ BLURB THINGY: "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 now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge."

Ha, I love how the description/blurb says NOTHING about Alex coming back. Probably JUST to torture us that wee bit more ;) But I love this, and I can't wait for Lena to meet up again with Hana.




This is what my reaction when I realised Alex was back:

and then this:

and This is what I did when I saw that it was the last page of the book:

and THIS is what I did when I saw the expected publication date of Requiem:

and this.

I hope there's someone else out there who understands that in the whole book of Pandemonium, I was basically just waiting for Alex to burst into the situation saying, "I WILL FIX EVERYTHING!".
BUT NO. He came on the very last page of the book. Now miss Lauren Oliver is making me wait an awful 8 MONTHS FOR THE NEXT BOOK.

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June 27, 2012
OMGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!! I really don't know how to express how I feel right now! ALEX!!!!
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Just when Alex finally appears in Pandemonium (I've been waiting the whole book for it to happen)... the book finishes!!!NOOO! WTH????!!Lauren really enjoys making us suffer huh? Waiting another year?? NOOOOO ...

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Julian is a really sweet kid but he just didn't grow on me as much as Alex did! I'm also disappointed in Lena because she gave up on Alex too quickly...I mean come on I know she thought he was dead and all that but still..you didn't saw him get killed so why take him as a dead man and basically forget him only half a year later????...but oh well HE IS BACK NOW FOLKS and he is going to ROCK in the third book!!! I'm sure about that!! I know as well that in the third book there will obviously be a love-triangle but I really need Lena to get back with ALEX!!!! ♥♥♥

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860 reviews394 followers
June 14, 2014
The Delirium TV SHOW has been picked up again, BY HULU. TO be aired on June 20th, 2014!

Holy shit! Delirium, by Lauren Oliver, is to become a TV Show!

The Delirium, Lauren Oliver, TV Show has it's Lena!! Lena has been cast, guys!

Click here to read 86 juicy pages of Requiem, plus an exclusive short story about ALEX!!!* (DYYING INSIDE!!)

Delirium TV Show Casting: Alex and Hana have been cast... for better or worse?


...there is another book right?

The DELIRIUM series cannot end this way, so vague and unfinished.


Disappointed doesn't begin to cover how I feel.

The beginning was slow, and the ending was rushed, sooo rushed... and unclear, and incomplete, and preachy, and not at all what I was expecting. It felt short, the whole book did.

So she went back to the wilds and lived crappily ever after? Is that what I am getting?

Felt like a bridge between books, nothing was really solved, and we were left with more questions than answers. While Pandemonium was a revelation, Requiem was the book that fell short. Guess it was too much to hope Requiem would be just as good. We get NO answers. At the end it's like nothing is resolved, not even the love triangle (that no one believed in the first place anyways).

I was already suspecting this was going to happen, when I reached the middle of the book (and a little after) and nothing significant had yet happened. We got a confrontation in the romance department (ONE! And not even after they meet face to face for the first time, woah was I pissed!), true, but other than that? Nada!!

This book was definitely dissapointing. We still get beautiful writing, and it was GREAT to get to see the characters we love again, but it felt like a bridge book. No resolution, no ENDING. Just, all left in the air...


The rest of this review shall be full of spoilers, so read if you must, I have a lot of talking to do about specific parts that pissed.me.off.

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*Now in order to read the Alex short story you would have to buy a first edition copy of Requiem. Like we weren't doing that anyways!

Edit 9/20/12


Am I the only one who is completely jealous and wants to scream at the top of her lungs to the gods because some people have already read this book and not me? AM I THE ONLY ONE?

I can't possibly be!


I know burning books is bad, but if Lena doesn't end up with Alex there will be blood. Julian was a good distraction, and hell he was so cute all around, but Alex pulls at my heart strings. Gosh that ending [Pandemonium] was awesome, the whole book was written perfectly. Lauren Oliver is very very talented. You got a fan in me.

ADD 6/30/2012:

HOLY CRAP! There is a cover, there's a cover, there's a cover!!!

I looove the photo quality, and the color, and the flowers, and EVERYTHING!! I'm just a fan that is full of love for this beautiful cover of one of my favorite series EVER.
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151 reviews61 followers
December 4, 2013
Due to unfortunate circumstances, I have dropped the rating on this book from 5 stars to a mere 2.

I’m sorry. I just pulled the rug out from under your feet, didn’t I?

Now there are many wonderful, amazing things about this book that I could talk about, however…you probably wouldn’t be reading this if you were in it for the good stuff. You would be reading the book instead. So I’m going to skip all of the fluffy, do-good particles that this book is made of, and delve deeper into the reason for my rating change.

I anticipated Requiem ever since the cliffhanger at the end of Pandemonium (which I loved, by the way) and literally counted down the days to its release (I even wrote it on my calendar. And who uses calendars anymore, amirite?)

Pandemonium was a page turner. It had everything that I’d ever wanted in a book – unique writing that seemed almost vivid and scarily real, lots of character development, and the ending just – UHHH. The ending picked you up and slammed you down right as we figure out that Alex is alive. Just before it kicks the door closed: sorry! You have to wait until the next book comes out to see what happened afterwards!.

And so I waited. Patiently, twiddling my thumbs, watching anime and crying about it, you know – the stuff I do. I re-read Delirium and Pandemonium over again, just to get myself ready for what was sure to be the most AH-MAZ-ING CONCLUSION TO ANY SERIES EVER.



Oh sure, Pandemonium can start off right where Delirium ended, but this book can’t do the same, especially when I sensed an ass-whoopin’ coming? Naw, that’s just cheap. Let us fast forward and not even care/giveashit about Lena’s first encounter with Alex, after everything that had happened between them.

But okay, yeah…chilled…I chilled down. I ignored that glaringly obvious thing that I didn’t like, and I continued.

A quarter way through: oh boy, can’t wait for some action to happen. Surely Hana’s going to do something awesome and redeem herself, or Lena’s going to kick some ass…

Half way through: Okay, the action can start any time now…uh…please? I already know who Lena’s going to end up with, but just make it work, k?

Three quarters: Umm…something? Anything? Please? It feels like this book hasn’t even started yet. Can I already be this far in?

And so, the first three quarters of this book was filled with the kind of blah-blah-blah that belongs in soap operas, with a couple raids thrown here and there. Though, as glued as I was to the amazing/flawless writing, I found myself…disappointed. Nothing major occurs, like what you’d expect in the final book. Hana’s point of view was interesting at times, but definitely not what I imagined her to sound like. Sure, she made a few character developments, but overall, Hana was another bland cured that brought almost nothing to the story line, besides a slightly creepy edge.

At three quarters in, I couldn’t help but think…

”Is this it? It’s almost the end. Where are the explanations? Where are the revelations? It feels…empty, somehow, like a bunch of pages were ripped out. Did I buy a faulty copy? AND NOT WIN AN ARC? (I’m still frustrated about that, to be honest.)

At that point, I felt kind of ripped off. The scene with Lena and her mother made me want to tear my hair out – we were never given any explanation, any stories or view from “Bee”. What was it like in the Crypts? How had she managed to climb to the top of the ranks? In such an emotion-filled book, there was no feelings between Lena and her mother. It almost pained me to read their confrontations. Lifeless . Like the time I fell asleep on the library floor at my school after an all-nighter at a relay-for-life. (I was practically a zombie, besides being served ice cream at 3:30 a.m. and someone blasting dubstep in a vain attempt for all of us to stay awake)

But sure, I could ignore that huge punch in the face. But what I couldn’t handle – and what changed my view on this entire book – was the ending.

That FUCKING ending.

I’m sorry. I usually don’t swear in reviews, but that needed to be said. How many times have you encountered something so mind-numbingly painful that you just had to let a few choice words slip out?

And let me tell you – there is nothing more frustrating than Requiem, nay, this whole series’ ending.

Remember when we all read Breaking Dawn when we were all in that cray-cray Twilight phase? Remember how it just ended? It didn’t really have any closure. There was no fight – the fight that everyone was preparing for, that everyone was worried about, the fight that I was completely sure was about to happen – and then everyone just talks. They talk it out for fucks sake. And then it ends. Just like that. It’s like the end of Mockingjay, but worse.

That’s basically what happens in the end of Requiem. The first two books and the first ¾ of the third hype you up towards a fantastic ending that’s sure to blow your mind – or at least resolve the conflict between main characters.


It ends. You have no idea what happens to ANYONE. It actually stops halfway through the showdown – they had just barely taken the town, and then the pages run out.


But what angers me the most is the Lena/Alex/Julian triangle. It’s never resolved. It just isn’t. Lena and Alex admit their love for each other, even though Lena has been leading Julian on for this entire time and Lena never talks to Julian at the end. They tear down a wall. You never find out what happens to Hana. You don’t know if any other important characters die – what happened to Tack? Or Hunter and Bram? What about Hana’s almost-husband? Does he actually die? What about Coral? What about Lena’s mother? Her aunt? Jenny? Is Lena ever going to tell Julian that her and Alex are getting back together? What happens after they tear down the wall to the Wilds? Will they take the other towns too? There is no closure.

How hard would it have been to shove in a little scene in the end, resolving Lena/Alex/Julian, and actually telling what happens afterwards? How hard would it have been to ACTUALLY WRITE AN ENDING?


Poor Julian. Selfish Lena led him on, and then once Alex admits his love, she’ll just throw him to the side like he’s nothing. But wait – even Lena says she doesn’t know what’s going to happen next. Will she choose Alex, or Julian?


Here’s what I think happened – Mrs. Oliver was so concerned about teaching the reader a lesson that she forgot to actually have this book make sense. Her lesson - supposed lesson - is that you’re not supposed to know what happens next.

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Taking this in a lesson view, as in – “you’re not supposed to know what comes next in love - it’s a valid point. Hearty, even. But taking this from a “I-just-stuck-with-this-series-because-I-though-it-was-awesome-and-was-sorely-dissapointed-when-I-realized-that-the-author-didn’t-even-give-us-an-ending” view, it’s a bit of a dick move. The obvious strain to get this message through overshadowed the actual need to take care of her characters and portray them as something other than the means to get to an actual point (which, in my opinion, never actually came to light).

If you want something deep and semi-emotional, then this ending should suit to your needs. But the more I thought about it, and since I felt cheated, I refused to this of this as anything other than a sham.

So, as much as I loved the first two books, Requiem was a mistake. A very bad mistake, seeing as the overall rating for this book dropped from a 4.30 before it was released to almost a 3.87 after it came out.

That just goes to show that (hopefully) others feel the same way.



PlEaSe DoN’t.


(Final rating – 2.5. I’m feeling very generous this afternoon. I have been emotionally ruined. Thank you.)
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475 reviews16.2k followers
March 2, 2013
Requiem. When all good things must come to an end. A horrible, horrible end that didn’t do any justice to the series. But an end nonetheless. Requiem is like sitting down to a well-deserved, hot pie and relishing every bite until you get to the last one and die of poisoning without ever knowing why or how. There was literally a moment when I got to the last few pages, realized there wasn’t any more and freaked out. From enjoyment for insurmountable anger.

laughing, laughing, then STOP!

I am a solid believer that Lauren Oliver is a capable, talented author. I also think she’s brave. Not all authors risk venturing into unfamiliar territory. Think how common it is for an author to be writing their fourth or fifth book in a series and starting spinoffs in the same world when even that gets old. It’s clear from Delirium that Oliver was trying on something new. Uncomfortable at first, but I’d felt that in Pandemonium, she had hit her stride. Requiem, the last part of Lena’s journey, seems to have been a new challenge all in its own. One that I didn’t feel Oliver managed to surmount.

The novel is divvied up into Lena’s POV and Hannah’s POV – sometimes done with more success than other times. Overall, it wasn’t a bad series and Requiem wasn’t necessarily a bad book. It simply could never escape from the premise holding so much more promise than the story could deliver. Compared to other series in this genre, it struggled to hold its own candle. I feel bereft and let down after the promise and goodness that was Pandemonium.

There are concepts and ideas there. A tale Oliver wants to tell about love – its strengths and pitfalls. The good and the bad. You can see the reaching for it in Requiem. Then a point comes when it seems the tale is abandoned in favour of wrapping it up as soon as possible. Some might call it an open ending. To me an open ending leaves you with thoughtful questions, not a whole lot of blank spaces. To me, Requiem doesn’t have an open ending. It just stops, with little rhyme or reason.

I’m not even going to talk about anything else that happens or the characters or themes or writing or anything. I refuse. Debate or not, an ending is an ending is an ending. Just because something ended doesn’t mean you gave it an actual ending. Need further proof? Allow me to illuminate on th-

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1,045 reviews3,954 followers
February 21, 2013

For as much as I bitched about Mockingjay's epilogue, I kind of think that this book could have used one.

This will be the review of can't really say jack.

After all, how do I even talk about this book without spoilers? Warning : there are spoilers for book 2 in the comments section, so don't go there unless you've at least read up through book 2.

I can probably at least say that fans of the trilogy will want to read Requiem so they can finish out the story.

I just expected more than this and truly wish that I could give a glowing report.

So who here has read book 2? Show of hands? For those of you who have, how many of you were hoping for a bunch of time? Come on, I know I wasn't the only one.

Sorry to burst everyone's bubbles, but I'll just say, "good luck with that." Oh, he's there. But again, I expected more.
"Stop saying my name. You don't know me anymore."


Yes, I am frustrated. I CAN'T SAY ANYTHING WITHOUT SPOILING. I can't write the review that I want to write.

So instead, I'll make you sit and listen to elevator muzak in order to fill up some of the time in which you'd normally spend reading one of my ridiculously long reviews. Please Hold

Oh, I'm sorry, were you expecting more? Crap. Let me think for a moment. There has to be something random that I can say.

Does anyone remember my reference to the Book of Shhh in my review of book 2? Can anyone explain to me why it now appears to be a reworked Bible? I suppose the there were some previous book/chapter/verse descriptions which were similar to those in the Bible, but the reworked story of Solomon in Requiem where the baby actually gets sliced in two was HI-LA-RI-OUS disturbing.

Requiem is told in two different alternating PoV's from both Lena and Hana. Even though I didn't read the short story of Hana (2.5), I'd probably go ahead and tell you to read it, or at the very least look up a wiki or have a friend spoil it for you like I did, so you get the gist of where Hana's mind is at now.

Hana's story was eh? Lena's story was eh? The way everything collided at the end was eh? Can problems such as these be worked out with so little effort?

The ending was (I guess) sort of okay, but also annoyingly open. This is all I can mention. How about we make a deal? For everyone who is reading this trilogy, come back and tell me what you thought of that ending. Maybe I'm overreacting and you will all love it.

If you haven't started this trilogy, should you read it? Maybe. Book 1 was exciting. Book 2 was alright. Book 3 was not necessarily boring...it just all comes down to being anti-climactic for me. Maybe you won't feel the same. I have friends who enjoyed the entire trilogy. This isn't the worst dystopia I've read; that's for sure.

Btw, this is going to be a t.v. show. So if you like reading books before seeing the story play out on film, then you'll be wanting to pick this up anyway.

Sorry for the lame review. I can't get it right every time.

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4 reviews
March 10, 2013
5 Predictions:

1) Tack is possibly Julians brother. Julian stated that everyone was afraid of his brother and same thing with Tack. Julians brothers favorite book was Great Expectations and so is Tacks.

2) Alex was cured

3) Julian dies

4) Raven or Lena's mother dies

5) Lena goes back to Portland

After reading it.

I missed the romance and passion. It lacked feelings besides for conversations between Lena and her mother. The first two are by far on another level compared to this book, at least emotionally. I liked the book but what made me disappointed was all the loose ends at the end of the trilogy, what happens to Hana? Where's Jenny Rachel and her Aunt? Did Fred die? Alex or Julian? Coral or Lena? What's gonna happen when those tanks come ? The ending felt like Lauren Oliver was talking to us about our lives and it wasn't Lena at all.
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9,566 reviews56.6k followers
June 30, 2020
Requiem (Delirium #3), Lauren Oliver

The third book, Requiem, ... Lena and Hana go back and forth again - one on her way back to Portland in the throes of a love triangle and the other on her way to a marriage she may need to escape. The build-up was good.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و ششم ماه سپتامبر سال 2012میلادی

عنوان: مرثیه کتاب سوم سه گانه جنون؛ نویسنده: لورن اولیور؛ مترجم مریم مقدس؛ پریسا رضایی؛ تهران، شهر قلم، 1396؛ در در 383ص؛ فروست شیدایی کتاب سوم؛ شابک: 9786003203990؛

نقل نمونه متن: (قرار نیست همه چیز را بدانیم؛ مهم پیش رفتن است؛ درمان شده ها میخواهند همه چیز را از پیش بدانند؛ ما در عوض، باور را انتخاب کرده ایم؛ از «گریس» خواستم که مرا باور کند، همه ی ما باید باور کنیم: که دنیا به آخر نمیرسد؛ که فردایی خواهد آمد، و زندگی واقعی را خواهیم دید؛ گفته ای قدیمی، جمله ای ممنوعه از متنی که یکبار «ریون» نشانم داد، به یادم میآید: «آنکه میپرد شاید سقوط کند، اما شاید هم به پرواز درآید؛ وقت پریدن است.»)؛ پایان نقل

تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 09/04/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی
Profile Image for Noah Czerny.
40 reviews
August 10, 2016
I have never hated a cliff hanger so much in my life.


Blah. Lena better choose Alex or I will personally find a way into the book and murder her.

I mean, yeah sure, Julian's okay, I guess, if you like THAT kind of guy. But Alex. DHAFDOSIUFJEASFDJHIE. HE ALMOST DIED FOR HER!!! And no. He was so not cured. HE WAS NOT CURED. Yeah, I would look all stony and shit if the girl I ALMOST DIED FOR was kissing another guy. Wouldn't you? HE WAS NOT CURED.

If Alex and Lena aren't together, then- I can't even finish that thought. THEY WILL BE TOGETHER.

My predictions of what's going to happen:

Somehow the Resistance takes down the stupid deliria-free government.

They make a cure for the Procedure.


Then, they addopt Gracie and they become a big, happy, uncured family.

Julian doesn't die.

Hana gets her procedure reversed and gets together with him.

Raven and Tack become a BAD ASS couple and have a baby they name Blue.

Profile Image for Charlotte May.
696 reviews1,073 followers
October 26, 2019
"This is the strange way of the world, that people who simply want to love are instead forced to become warriors."

3.5 ⭐️

I've had a rocky time with this trilogy. The first book started out as way too romancy for my taste. But the last two books have really gotten down into the nitty gritty of the politics of this world and I found it much more gripping.

Lena and Julian have made it back to her friends from the Wilds, and have joined the resistance. Alex's return in book 2 pissed me off, we never really learn how he didn't actually die and how he made it back to the group. But I liked the other characters - Raven, Hunter, Bram etc. (even though they are basically background characters, could definitely have had more depth in their stories.)

What was better about Requiem is we get 2 POV's instead of just Lena's all the time (cause she can be damn irritating.) We also get a POV from Hana, Lena's old best friend. We get to see what life is like for her as a 'cured' member of society - about to be pushed into a marriage with the new mayor of Portland. I really liked Hana's character - she was strong in the face of adversity, and it's nice that we get a character's perspective from that side instead of just the resistance side.

It is an interesting dystopian world that Lauren Oliver has created here, and I will take into account the fact that this is an older YA. YA has improved drastically since this was written so I can't really fault it the same way I'd fault it if it was written in the last few years for example.

Overall, I'd say this series is definitely worth checking out. I don't think I'll reread it, but I don't regret picking them up.

"We are always being pushed and squeezed down one road or another. We have no choice but to step forward, and then step forward again, and then step forward again; suddenly we find ourselves on a road we haven't chosen at all."
Profile Image for Jessica (Goldenfurpro).
883 reviews252 followers
November 4, 2015
After Reading:
I must say, this is probably my least favorite out of the three books.
It's not horrible (Obviously, since I gave it five stars) but it took forever for the pace to pick up, for it to get interesting.

This book is mostly about the Resistance fighting back (HOORAH!!) but they can't just barge in and fight! They must plan first! Making most of the novel planing, not fighting.
And we all now that planing is that as fun as fighting...

Of course it's not all planning!
Since, very much like the last book, this book has alternating chapters.
Except this time it's alternating between Lena and Hana.
While I liked hearing about what's going on in Hana's life, it made the pace of the book slower. Not much is going on in Hana's life (actually, a lot is happening but nothing that seems to entertain me...)

Now that I got all of that out of the way, let me talk about what is of most importance...
We are all aware that this is the last book.
And being the last book, it needs to have a good ending.
While the ending did leave a few questions unanswered
But I did like how it ended.
It brought a sense that things are going to get better.
(forgive me for being cliche but...)To me this is the best kind of ending.

And while I am sad to see this series go...
I will be very unhappy if this series continues, since I know when a book series needs to end (Cassandra Clare doesn't though. Sorry, had to get it out there) and after that ending, I know it is time for me to let this series go.

Until the TV show premieres...
Hopefully they won't ruin it...

P.S. Forgive me if this "review made no sense

Before Reading:

It's number 1 on the list of things I hate

I would feel so much better if I was able to read a sneak peek
like 1 chapter
maybe 2
maybe 3....

I really really really really really really want this book
and am I the only one sensing a love triangle in this book?
I wish those love triangles were never born!!!!!

OH MY HOLY FREXING DONUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
IT'S HERE!!!!!

*screams of joy*

Didn't the release date used to be February?!!!!!!
Now it's March!!!!


In March...
3 months from now...
Profile Image for Andrea.
157 reviews182 followers
March 4, 2013
I don't know, I don't know what to do with my life right now, all I know is that right now I can't rate/review this book. I just can't.

Two days after:

Okay, okay I'm cool. I'm cool. I think I can do this.

And as painful as it is, I'm gonna give this book 2.5 stars.

Well, this book was a major disappointment, it got nothing solved! I kinda wish this book was a joke and that this was like Part 1 of 2 of the final book as the movies are made now.

You know when you wait for like a big ending getting everything solved and see who the heroine choose and if the rebellion wins over or get defeated by the government or something to get a closure? And then get NOTHING! Its really disappointing.

For God's sake, It took me almost 5 days to finish it when I could easily have read it in one night. It just didn't hooked me. I think it lacked a good plot. It was just boring.

I won't say anything else, that's it, I'm done with this book.

Original review before reading:
I need this NOW. I will build a time machine so i can fast forward to feb 2013 so i wouldn't wait much.

'Cause I NEED to know what happens with Lena and Alex and Julian. I hope Lena stays with Alex so she can give me Julian hahaha
Profile Image for Courtney.
379 reviews2 followers
March 6, 2013
A year?!?! Really?!?! After how the last book ended they really expect me to wait a year to find out what happens! I think I might die :(


Ok. Wait WTF?! That wasn't the end was it? That was probably the stupidest ending of a book ever! It was more like the start to a spin-off series or a lame ass cliff hanger for book 4. I'm so so so disappointed in Lauren Oliver. This is one of my favorite series and she just ruined it! Nothing, absolutely nothing was resolved. Love triangle? Still going strong. Rebellion? Yah that's still happening too. If I had known that this was how the series would end I would have never bothered...
Profile Image for kari.
848 reviews
June 30, 2015
Don’t you just love it when you get to the end of a series, close that back cover, sigh contentedly, think of stars and sunshine, regret that you no longer get to spend time in that world with those characters, but feel enclosed in a shining bubble of contentment and happiness for that wonderful ending, hugging the book with joy?
Well, if that is what you’re hoping for with this book, you are in for one whopping disappointment, my friend.
Nothing and I mean a sum total of not a single thing, is actually resolved or completed or even just finished. I'm curious whether or not this was going to be the ending before this series was picked up for television.
How can this series be just this, a love triangle that has a kind of sort of, but who knows, resolution, maybe? How could this happen? That is a serious question. I truly don’t understand what happened.
Let me just describe something that happened the other day and see how you feel. Okay, ready?
“So, getting out of bed, looked out at the red-streaked sky, reminding me of the blood-shot eyes of my Uncle Morty who always smells of elderberries and turpentine when we would visit him down the Jersey shore where he has lived since retiring from his job at the pickle factory, went downstairs and had breakfast. Getting my bicycle with the red string on the handlebars so as not to confuse it with my best friend’s identical bicycle that does not have string, I rode east to Jones Road, continuing south until I turned left onto Smith Boulevard where the houses start to look somewhat shabby. I went on until I came to a small alley between a boarded up chiropodist, no one cares for their feet these days, and a grocery. I went down the alley emerging on Adams Avenue where I once met a boy with freckles who smiled at me making me think of swimming in the warm waters of the bay with the salty spray splashing in my eyes and followed Adams until I finally turned west toward the better areas of town where the houses are bigger and better kept.”
Is that interesting? Or are you saying quit wasting my time and tell the story already? Well, that is the story, my bicycling trip. Wait, you thought it might be about the strange world I'm living in, my fight for survival? No, it is about where I go and how I get there, what streets I take and how I feel going there, how the air smells, how I enjoy the wind in my face, the bumpy or smooth pavement, the taste of the salt spray as I near the ocean, the creaking of the trees, the birdsong or lack of birdsong, my commentary on the housing.
Is this off subject? NO. My point is that in this whole series there is tons of bicycling, walking, trudging through the woods/Wilds, driving(Hana) and just droning on and on about things that are so boring and add not one iota to the story. Do you really care what street she is on? Or how the houses look, for the fifteenth time? Or how the trudging in the woods today feels different from the trudging in the woods yesterday or last week? In fact, I’d say that if all of that minutiae was removed or even mildly tightened, what you’d have here would be one book instead of three.
Please note, that I did not say one GOOD book, but just one book.
Okay, back on track.
I began this trilogy/misery because I read Before I Fall and thought Oliver had something special to her writing. Now, I just think she has wasted my time with this drivel about nothing more than a love triangle and not one that was EVER believable.
I want characters who grow during the course of a story, whether a single book or a series. Growth. Change. Dare I say, even maturity.
None of that happens here and, in my opinion, Lena becomes much less of an admirable person by the series end than in the beginning. Oh, is that the overall message? Love makes you into a selfish user? How sad.
Her constant use of Julian to make herself feel better about Alex, how are we supposed to congratulate her for that? Oh, well done you, Lena.
One of the things I liked the very least was that she spared no time or thought for Alex. Once he was caught she just walked/ran off. This guy gave his life for her, to save her, or so she believes,(She knows better, doesn’t she? She knows her own mother was supposedly immediately executed but in reality survived many years in jail before escaping *Note: And why, exactly is she so pissed off at her mother? It isn’t like she purposely went to jail or that she could have just come home to get Lena when she escaped.*)but she cannot even bother to try to find out if he is alive.
I so hoped that the second book would be Lena coming into her own, investigating what happened to Alex, finding a way to free him or at least get a message to him that she is okay. But she leaves him behind like a sweaty pair of gym socks left on the bathroom floor.
The third book I was longing to read about Alex and Lena being reunited after his escape(with or without her help) with some resolution to the situation. I would have loved to have some understanding along the way of why their world is at it is. It still makes not one jot of sense that love is outlawed and that the government, which it would seem is struggling to keep peace, feed, house and clothe its citizenry, would waste resources battling with those on the outside who have nothing.
What I still don't understand is the reasoning behind love being outlawed. I mean, if you really wanted to solve the society/world's problems why not outlaw hate? If you could surgically alter the brain then why would you not get rid of hate? A world without hate = a much better place. And even putting that argument aside, how about just explaining at some point WHY this decision was made? Nothing in this world makes the first bit of sense.
And, why would those who don't want to be cured be any kind of a threat to the government that they would waste time killing them? I mean, these people DON'T EVEN HAVE EATING UTENSILS!!! IF they can't even organize themselves enough to find some spoons, for gosh sakes, then they probably pose no threat to the government if left alone. Does this make any kind of sense at all? No, it really doesn't. I think I am the most disgusted with this series as I thought it held a lot of promise. Now, not so much.
And the love triangle. Not for one single minute did I ever believe in the love between Julian and Lena. It never worked because it was so obvious he was nothing more than a stand-in, shoved at us in the second book. Yes, I did say shoved because it is so handy that Lena just happened to be conveniently imprisoned with Julian, the first not-gay or attached boy she's been alone with since leaving civilization. The depth of her feelings would seem to be oh, I'm here and he's here and what was the name of that guy who DIED FOR ME, the guy whom I can't even seem to remember that I liked or that he existed?
Additionally, Lena never does anything that isn’t in her own interest. She doesn’t grow and care about the world around her. She cares about herself and what she needs. Perhaps that is human nature and that is what we all do, I don't know. She doesn’t cling to Julian out of love for him or because he needs her, but because he makes her feel better over Alex. Blech.
Until there is this epiphany, page 328: "I will never love Julian like I love Alex." What a surprise. Didn't we know that all along? For gosh sakes, she is stupid, too stupid to realize that the boy who was willing to give up his life for her, who was shot while saving her, was imprisoned, was tortured, just might be a little bit irritated to see her show up all kissy-face with a new guy within months of losing him. And that this boy might then say something to hurt her, something like that he never loved her. Idiot.

During the big battle she isn’t planning to help, but to go off and do what she wants. She doesn’t consider if that action will be good for those involved or cause them harm, but it is what she wants.

There are two perspectives to the story: Lena and Hana. The reason I almost gave this two stars instead of one is that, the two POVs, was a good idea. Hana's is actually the more interesting of the two, in my opinion, although I don't like Hana so tough to feel too sorry for her. Yep, I guessed what she had done waaaaaaaaaay back when.
All in all, this series is a supreme waste of time and paper. I had high hopes for it, but was completely let down and I doubt I’d be convinced to read this author again.
Sorry this review is so rambling, but my disgust is so great that it was hard to organize my thoughts effectively.
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944 reviews1,109 followers
March 15, 2013

I was going to give this one star because the ending was ridiculous, actually the whole book was ridiculous… But because I'm really nice, I decided to add an extra star. Your welcome, Lauren Oliver.

For those who haven't read Requiem. Here's a breakdown:

Lena: Alex no dead. What I do? It be painful.

Alex: I no dead Lena. You be evul whore. Why you no grieve forever when you be thinking I being dead? I never loving you! I always hating you now!

Julian: Huh?

Lena: Alex no wuv me. Me so sad. I know… I using the Julian, making the Alex jealous. That teach him to no love me.

Alex: I like new girl now. It okay I move on with new person but Lena whore for moving on. It no matter she thought I be dead. It no matter at all.

Lena: I hate new girl. I act like bitch to everyone because Alex not wanting me. Me being so sad.

Julian: Huh?

Alex: I run away. I liking the drama. It making me the sexier.

Lena: Oh noes! Alex go again. I be so in loving with him. It okay. I still be having the Julian, he be being my backup.

Julian: Huh?

Lena: I guess I be helping everyone fight bad guys because I being bwave. Why my life so hard? Oh I forgotted my cousin I abandon-did. I be going save her now.

Alex: Lena, I be loving you now. You be loving me?

Lena: I be loving you but also be loving the Julian. I go now help everyone fight bad guys.

Alex: Okay then, I be seeing you.

Lena: Bye bye.

Julian: Huh?

The end.

Random notes/thoughts:

-In the first half Lena and the rest of the Invalids did nothing — they just plodded along in the Wilds arguing about what to do next. All they ended up doing was walking from one place to the next — it was boring. There was more action in the second half when Lena/the Invalids and the Resistance start to fight back — that was a bit more interesting.

-Lena and Hana both took turns narrating. I did find their voices quite similar, which shouldn't have been the case 1. Because they were obviously two different characters and 2. Because Hana had the operation to more or less make her emotionless — so either Hana had too much emotion or Lena just had a robotic POV. Even though they sounded similar, Hana was more likeable.
I didn't see what Hana's POV added to the overall story — it was just her monologuing about random stuff, getting ready for her wedding and being suspicious of her soon to be husband. It wasn't really needed — it didn't affect Lena's story or the big showdown at the end.

-Not enough Lena/Alex scenes.

-Lena was immensely unlikeable. She was vile — she's easily one of my most hated YA heroines ever. All she did was whine, feel sorry for herself and bitch about everyone and everything. She treated Julian awfully — if he was being nice to her she would complain, if he wasn't constantly up her arse she'd complain, if he volunteered to do something risky to prove himself she'd complain and if he helped the group she'd complain. She was a bitch.
She was completely pathetic and petty when it came to Alex. Instead of fighting for him, she did nothing but whine about him not loving her. And then she'd use Julian to make him jealous — she was awful.
She was a total cow to Coral - I wouldn't have minded her vile attitude if Coral had actually done something to deserve it but she hadn't.

-I hated Alex too. I could get why he was angry but he still treated Lena like rubbish. She genuinely thought Alex was dead, that's the only reason she moved on. What did he want her to do, grieve for him for the rest of her life? It's obvious that she would never have been with Julian if she suspected he was alive. I found it dumb that he was moaning about Lena moving on yet he had no problem moving on with Coral straight away. He was a hypocrite.

-The only characters that were likeable in the ridiculous love square were Julian and Coral - Lena and Alex selfishly used them so they could play games with each other.

-The reunion between Lena and Annabel was rubbish. I wanted tears, pain, anger and years of bitterness but all I got was a small hissy fit and then nothing. They literally talked for a couple of minutes and then became best friends. I expected Lena to be angry for a long while but she got over her anger as soon as her mum gave her some half arse, lame non-explanation for abandoning her/not contacting her sooner.

-The ending was lame. It literally stopped in a middle of a scene. There was no closure or answers.

-Did Raven die? What was the point of making Raven pregnant in her novella when it wasn't bought up or even hinted at in Requiem. It seemed like the only reason Lauren Oliver made her pregnant was so her death could be tragic. Ugh.

-The lame love triangle didn't have a satisfying conclusion. Sure, Lena said she loved Alex more than Julian but does that mean she dumped Julian for Alex? I wanted to see a break up scene and a proper reunion scene.

-What happened to Rachel? Why didn't Annabel talk about helping Rachel? I know Rachel was cured but why would Annabel still abandon her and not think about her. It was weird. Annabel was a bitch — she just seemed to write off her daughters so she could play hero.

-What happened to Jenny and Lena's aunt and uncle?

-Was the rest of the world like America?

-Did the Invalids and Resistance manage to take over Portland? Or were they beaten? What happened in the other cities?

-What happened to Hana? Did her treatment fail? Does she just carry on walking around in her wedding dress for the rest of her life?

-What happened to Julian? Wasn't he meant to be dying or something? If Lena dumps him, how does he cope?

Just WTF. Either Lauren Oliver couldn't be bothered or she was trying to make the ending high brow and profound or some rubbish. She should have realised that she's writing books that revolve around lame world building, a crappy plot and teenage angst… Not to mention the fact that at least half of her readers were only reading for the love triangle. She's not writing some thought provoking literary masterpiece that's left open ended and mysterious because it suits the theme of book… Nope, she's writing a YA series that's main focus is arguably the love triangle. The least she could have done was give a satisfying resolution to the Alex/Lean/Julian drama. For shame, Lauren Oliver. For shame.
Profile Image for Ninoska Goris.
261 reviews159 followers
October 3, 2018
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Puedo decir que este libro tiene uno de los peores finales que he leído. Todo queda sin definir, toda la acción está en las últimas páginas.

Con el único personaje que conecté fue con Julián, ni siquiera con Lena, quien en este libro es más insegura que inclusive en el primero.

Está narrado desde los puntos de vista de Lena y Hana.


I can say that this book has one of the worst endings I've read. Everything remains undefined, all the action is in the last pages.

The only character that I connected with was with Julian, not even with Lena, who in this book is more insecure than even in the first.

It is narrated from the points of view of Lena and Hana.
Profile Image for Jessy MelodyofBooks.
224 reviews1,568 followers
May 8, 2019
Das Ende der Reihe? XD hallo?? Das ist doch kein Ende... irgendwie hört die Geschichte gefühlt einfach auf. Wer hasst offene enden ebenso sehr wie ich??
Profile Image for Beatriz.
831 reviews706 followers
February 6, 2022
Abordé el último libro de esta trilogía con bastante recelo, principalmente porque había leído muchos comentarios desfavorables respecto del desenlace, y después de la frustración que me causó Leal de Veronica Roth, esperaba cualquier cosa. Pero como recién había acabado Pandemonium, aproveché el impulso.

La verdad, a mí esta entrega me ha encantado, tanto que la encuentro la mejor de las tres. A diferencia de los dos primeros libros, que leí en forma bastante pausada, éste no lo podía soltar. Concuerdo en que deja demasiados frentes abiertos. Al final nunca supimos más de este sistema tan represor, aparte de lo que sucedía en ciertas ciudades y con líderes que podrían considerarse como “mandos medios”. Sin embargo, si pensamos que leemos los acontecimientos desde la primera persona de Lena y la información que ella tiene a su alcance, tiene sentido que se mantenga algo de incertidumbre. Por otra parte, creo que la decisión que a muchos nos tenía mordiéndonos las uñas (si, Álex o Julián) quedó suficientemente resuelta y clara, aunque un Epílogo no hubiera estado de más.

Me pareció un acierto incorporar la voz de Hana en capítulos alternados, los disfruté tanto o más que los de Lena, sobre todo por los secretos que develó respecto del final del primer libro y su participación en el final de éste.

A mi parecer, el único punto negativo es que nunca quedan suficientemente claros los motivos del actuar de Álex cuando se reencuentra con Lena y por qué cambia tan fácilmente hacia el final. Se intenta explicar con una historia que se menciona varias veces en el libro, el juicio del rey Salomón, pero sigue sin convencerme.
Profile Image for Jamie.
3 reviews1 follower
Want to read
May 5, 2012
********Warning, spoilers for Pandemonium in passage below*********

I'm gonna be blunt and put it out there. I don't like Julian. Sure, he's nice and all that, but he's not Alex. Julian is sheltered and too much of an important figure to be involved in Lena's romantic affairs. He's inexperienced, knows nothing on how to survive in The Wild. While Alex helped Lena, Julian is the one that needs the taking care of. He's much weaker than Alex.
My heart literally skipped like 5 beats when I read the ending of Pandemonium. It went pang, and it was like I saw his hair and heard his low voice.
I guess I knew all along that Alex wasn't dead. It was a small, hopeful spark in my heart and when Julian came into the story I got kinda mad. I'm kinda attached to Alex, alright?
All I can think about right now is the word "Run" that Alex said when he was caught. Not "Save me" but "Run". He sacrificed his life for her and didn't think once about himself. No wonder his eyes were all stony when he caught them kissing and making promises.
Last of all, I cannot believe I have to wait another year for the third book.
Lena better get back with Alex, or else. Julian can go marry Sarah or something.
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227 reviews243 followers
January 28, 2013
2.5 stars.

I'm not sure I know what to say about this one.

While I was only mildly impressed with Delirium, and found Lena to be a weak and indecisive character, I was incredibly impressed with her development in Pandemonium. Lena grew into a strong, determined character, with a cause far greater than somewhat ordinary teenage love.

In Requiem all the momentum built in Pandemonium was halted. Despite the all out war brewing between the Regulators and the Invalids, the main focus of the story was Lena's feelings for Alex and Julian--which changed every other chapter or so.

I found Requiem to be incredibly flat and boring, even with the many fighting scenes. They all seemed recycled, and took a backseat to Lena's dithering about the two boys.

And the ending? The nicest word I have for it is abrupt. All in all, a disappointing conclusion to a promising series.

3 reviews
March 28, 2013
When I finished Pandemonium . . .

OMFG I HATE LOVE TRIANGLES, someone please tell me why they exist!!! D:<

In the end when Alex came back I was just like

NOOO I like Julian with Lena . . . I feel like the only one though : (

I never really liked Alex that much, I don't really know why :p.
I like Julian though. & then when I really thought he died I was like Lena is finally happy again! But then Alex came back xO. She finally moves on - and she's happy!!!- and then BAM he's back NOOOOO.

Now i just don't know what's going to happen to everyone. .-.
I kind of wish Alex hadn't returned and then there'd be no love triangle and Julian and Lena would live happily ever after and they'd help the resistance conquer the DFA and the cure! & Lena and Julian would end up together and she'd be reunited with her mom and Raven and Tack would be together : D But noooooooo

Ahhh what's going to happen?!?! I NEED THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW!!! D:<
WHY do I have to wait until March!? We better not die this year!!!!!
267 reviews1 follower
March 7, 2013
Well, I really want this book.
Really badly. Really badly. Really badly. I don't even know how to express how much I want this book.
I want to know what happens.
And as morbid as this is, I kind of hope Julian dies, so that Lena's choice is so much easier.

Just, um, forget about that last part.

UPDATE: What's up with the old ladies up there? They aren't fierce or anything. Why'd I put them there??? NOW GIMME THIS BOOK ALREADY. I'VE WAITED LIKE A YEAR. JUST COME ON...GRRR GIMMEEE IT'S ALREADY WRITTEN ANYWAYS. WHY CAN'T WE JUST HAVE IT?


I would probably do almost anything to be able to read it. NLLASFDKJ.
I seriously need this.
I mean with the last book ending the way it ended, I was about to punch a hole in the wall.
I wanted Alex to show up the whole time, and when he finally decides to make his appearance, she was "in love" with Julian.

I mean the last word in the entire book was "Alex."

Well, needless to say, I really want this book.


After reading:
11 reviews
Want to read
May 18, 2012
Okay ... I just finished reading pandemonium ... literally two seconds ago ... AND

I really really REALLY want her to end up with Julian!!
I dont like Alex(sorry)

With Alex she didnt have to fight it .. she just got swept up in the throes of a whirlwind romance.

With Julian, she fought it, she denied it and she STILL started to fall for him.

She went back for JULIAN! she didnt go back for Alex (speaks volumes me thinks)

When I was reading the Lena/Julian moments I got a warm fuzzy happy feeling in my chest that I didnt get when I was reading Lena/Alex.

And I know that Alex took a few bullets for her and everything ... but chances are he wouldve been able to escape because of the sympathisers. Julian didnt hae that option, he went into that room with the certainty that he would die, and he was willing to die so that he could keep his memories of him and Lena.

I was acually kinda gutted when Alex turned up coz now shes going to be all conflicted and crap. When i was reading Delirium Alex didnt melt me the way that Julian did in Pandemonium. I absoultly love how clueless Julian is and yet he still follows Lena blindly ... just like Lena did with Alex.

And now that Alex has been all screwed up by the Crypts I dont think he is going to be very nice. I think Lena deserves the safe bet who makes her feel good about herself after everything she has been through and that safe bet is Julian. End Of.

Ill be gutted if she ends up with Alex but I am looking forward to her being re-united with her mother.
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1,054 reviews732 followers
August 6, 2014
For as much shit as the end of this book got from everyone,
I thought it was pretty perfect. I didn't think it was unfair at all. Open, yes, but some easy inferences tell you everything you need to know.

I got just what I wanted from my favorite characters, and I won't lie: I was pretty excited about Lena's choice in the end.

Oliver's beautiful, beautiful writing never hurts, either.

Lauren Oliver says, in a tweet to me:

"I won't say a word! V proud of that book, though. I made some unconventional choices and I'm excited about it"

AHHH! She made unconventional choices! Don't you love when authors do that and it's not just Mrs. Predictable writing a book?

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Author 3 books101k followers
March 12, 2013
Just posted my booktalk with detailed discussion: http://youtu.be/Kgpz7kS2HpA ! Love this world, loved where it was going, but I don't feel any closure, which has left me feeling less enthused with the series as a whole.
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190 reviews453 followers
March 28, 2013
3.5 stars


I'm going to start pleading my case here.

First of all, I have to admit that I find this a genuinely authentic theme for a dystopian trilogy. Some readers may consider it obscenely absurd. Idiotic. Daft. Pick one.

Not me.

It's actually very clever.

Can you honestly guarantee that with the rate things are going, something like this would be impossible to occur?
I mean, hear this humanity.
If dividing mankind into pre-determined factions to avoid social inconsistencies and emotional fallouts, or throwing together kids in a bloodthirsty arena competition to the death to "teach a lesson" to the disobedient lot does not work out, why not do something like this?

Why not perform one simple surgery to subdue all feelings of love, compassion, friendship and create one big family of catatonic coach potatoes? There goes your next plan, world.

For me this particular lay-out of the plot worked perfectly.
The heroine, Lena, really seems to grasp the seriousness of the situation.

My mouth is so dry; the sun is so blinding. I look away, toward the hundreds and hundreds of people who have been
driven out of their homes, out of their lives, to this place of dust and dirtiness, all because they wanted the power to feel, to think, to choose for themselves. They couldn’t have known that even this was a lie—that we never really choose, not entirely. We are always being pushed and squeezed down one road or another. We have no choice but to step forward, and then step forward again, and then step forward again; suddenly we find ourselves on a road we haven’t chosen at all.
But maybe happiness isn’t in the choosing. Maybe it’s in the fiction, in the pretending: that wherever we have ended up is where we intended to be all along.

But the thing is that, the two previous books built on the fact that this whole resistance, this whole rebellion, had one objective.
Being able to choose. To love.
And not just love a partner or a husband and a wife.
But to love a son, or a daughter, a mother, a sister and so on.
People were being persecuted for showing sympathies towards their own kids.

So, where is this element of love in this final book?
There is this one love interest, Alex, who is in love with Lena but I just can't see it almost anywhere, and there is this other love interest, Julian, whose love I can see and who ends up alone after choosing to leave behind everything he knew his entire life to chase the freedom of making his own choices.

So I'm left feeling like:

Because the book has ended, and most importantly the trilogy has ended, and I'm thinking:

Thankfully, the final words somewhat salvage it.

Take down the walls.
That is, after all, the whole point. You do not know what will happen if you take down the walls; you cannot see through to the other side, don’t know whether it will bring freedom or ruin, resolution or chaos. It might be paradise or destruction.
Take down the walls.
Otherwise you must live closely, in fear, building barricades against the unknown, saying prayers against the darkness, speaking verse of terror and tightness.
Otherwise you may never know hell; but you will not find heaven, either. You will not know fresh air and flying.

I guess that's it.

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10 reviews
March 27, 2012
I read the end of Pandemonium and there was a moment when I seriously thought I was dead. (some spoilers, okay). As soon as they said an escapee from the Crypts I was like "ALEX! ALEX ALEX ALEX!" And when he showed up, I was like "OH MY SWEET LORD! YOU HAVE SAVED US" and then I was like... Julian..

I am so confused by my emotions right now. Why? Why do this to us Lauren? Do you enjoy watching us suffer another YEAR while we wait for the next one. I feel like I might die.

Can't one of them die to make it easier? No, that's a lie.

can't I cuddle them both?

Oh god. Please, come quickly to us.
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