Summary from Goodreads:
They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.
But we are still here.
And there are more of us every day.
Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way 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 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.
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.
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.
I have had many ups and downs with this series but I couldn’t wait to read the conclusion. I’m always interested in seeing how dystopian novels will end because lets face it, you never really know what will continue to happen in a dystopian world once the last page is read and turned.
I have to say that Requiem is split into two parts for me…
The Beginning Half:
This half of the story was rather boring to be honest. There wasn’t much of anything happening and it was different to have Lena’s story suddenly split into chapters of Lena and Hana. I wasn’t really use to seeing Hana’s pov but I did find her parts to be the more interesting during the first half. I felt that Lena and her gang had given up. They were just moving from place to place in the Wilds really doubting what they were even fighting for. Plus add in the fact that Alex was a complete asshole during this part and you have something that puts the reader off. I even complained to Bianca that I wasn’t sure I was even going to finish the book. Everything I had once loved about all of the characters suddenly seemed gone. The characters read really flat to me and they lacked that spark they once had. Everyone was just sitting around feeling sorry for themselves, everyone had forgotten that they were fighting for the right to love freely and not be part of such a set society that mandates who you can marry, how many children you can have, and the fact that after you are cured you do not feel emotions as strongly or even at all!
The End Half:
The book did pick up and I felt the characters did gather a little more strength for their cause and that everything was really coming together. I enjoyed watching both Hana and Lena step into their roles a little more. They didn’t seem to go through a whole lot of character growth, more they just went back to being the strong girls we knew in the earlier books. The girls who were both lost in the beginning half suddenly were able to remember what they stood for and begin being themselves again. I’m glad that both of them gained their backbone again because the world they live in is certainly a hard one no matter what side of the “wall” you are on. These girls needed to be strong for the joy, happiness, sorrow, heartbreaks, and love that they would hopefully experience in life.
Overall, I feel this book is a statement piece more than anything else. I feel that Lauren Oliver didn’t really focus on her characters anymore. I feel Oliver had a clear message from the start of the series about love and what you are willing to do for that love. I feel like this book was more of Oliver telling teens how to feel about such a strong topic instead of it being about her characters and the story the characters had to tell. Lena and Hana seemed like means to an end in this book, they were there to showcase Oliver’s platform. While I did enjoy the message of the book and agree with it, the book did suffer at times because Oliver did not seemed to be focused on a teen story anymore. This book came across feeling more adult and more of a nonfiction piece at times.