I recently finished the final book in the “Delirium” trilogy by Lauren Oliver. The last book in the series is named, “Requiem.”
I have to say that I liked this book. However, my favorite book out of the bunch is still the first book named, “Delirium.”
One of the things that I loved about “Requiem” was the love triangle between the main character named Lena and two boys. The two boys are named: Alex and Julian Fineman.
Alex was in “Delirium” but was barely in the second book in the series named, “Pandemonium.” I was glad to see him back on the page.
Alex is a strong person. However, he does not always act kind or friendly. Still, he is a strong and a smart person who always does what he needs to do to survive. He thinks on his feet, he questions authority, and he takes bold chances.
Lena met Julian in the second book in the trilogy when Alex was missing. I liked Julian a lot in “Pandemonium”… however, at the end-of-the-day I hoped that Lena and Alex ended up together.
Julian is different from Alex. He is kinder and more thoughtful. He also loves Lena and even confesses his feelings to her. However, though Julian and Lena have many scenes together I still felt like Lena would be better off with Alex. There’s nothing wrong with Julian. I just don’t think Lena and Julian belong together the same way that Lena and Alex do.
However, there were a couple of negative things that I found in, “Requiem.” One negative thing that I found in this book was the book’s pace. “Requiem” sometimes slows when I think it would be better for the book to keep going in a fluid pace. There are also other instances in the book where I wished the author wrote more detail.
Another thing that bothered me about this book was its pessimistic tone. This book is similar to “Pandemonium,” the second book in the “Delirium” series, because of its dark subject matter. There were times when I did not feel like picking up “Requiem” to continue to read where I left off because the events in the book were too sad and depressing.
Despite these critiques, there is one stand-out thing that I liked about “Requiem” and the “Delirium” trilogy in general: the prose. Lauren Oliver writes with beautiful description. Lena is a kind and a thoughtful person. Her insight into the world around her was both beautiful and poetic.
Overall, I enjoyed, “Requiem.” Still, I have to give this book a 3-star rating. It was a great book in certain ways… but it was too somber to be something that I’d like to pick up again to read.
Always with infinite love,