I'm very excited about my pick this week because it is a book written by one of my current favorite YA authors, Lauren Oliver. She is probably best known for her Delirium trilogy, of which we only have the third one left to go! My pick this week is Requiem, the final book in the Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver.
Goodreads book description: 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. Of Pandemonium, ALA Booklist noted that “like all successful second volumes, this expands the world and ups the stakes, setting us up for the big finale.”
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.
Why I am excited: I loved the second novel, Pandemonium, which focused on a more fierce and courageous Lena (which made her more interesting to follow), and we met a wonderful new character, Julian, who was everything I wanted Alex to be in the first book. I am thrilled we get to see Hana again, who was the most interesting character in the first book,and am glad to see she gets her own voice in the end.
Why I am worried: I didn't enjoy the first book as much because to me, it was too much development, and I didn't believe the premise. I thought Alex was a bland, boring love interest. This opinion is likely in the minority, and I think she'll probably end up with him, which to me, will be disappointing.
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