Author: Lauren Oliver
Pages: 391 (+28 page Alex short story so about 419)
Release Date: March 5th 2013
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.
THE THREE R's
That ending was just.--no! Ms. Oliver, Why? If Delirium, Pandemonium and Requiem were combined into just one book then I wouldn't mind so much but for three books (three years), the climax had been building up and then you gave me that "I will make a pact with you: I will do it if you will do it, always and forever. Take down the walls."
Hana? Maybe. She was the star of this book.
Even crazy Fred had a better ending in mind.
Deal: I will forget Requiem ever happen and you will never write another anti-climatic sort-of-ending like that ever again.
I really did not like the love "triangle" A.K.A. the way Lena kept using Julian to make herself feel better. Frankly, Alex should have been left dead and Lena allowed to move on with Julian or...something other than this mess.
Still I trudged along with this train wreck only to find that ending? No! It wasn't profound or open-ended, it was anti-climatic-last-minute-hand-wrangling-because-you-did-not-know-what-to-write-next and (I suspect) this book was not supposed to be a trilogy but someone wanted more money.
Someone: Hey, Lauren. Remember that manuscript...De...Dilirium?
Someone: Whatever. Well, trilogies are selling now-a-days (big money) so we would like to expand it into three.
Lauren: I'm not sure...
Someone: Don't worry, you only have to write two good ones, the third one can be crap. They'll buy it because they have no choice. Just make sure the third one is really huge so that when we get a movie deal, we can split it into two.
Lauren: I'm sort of busy working on another book, Panic.
Someone: Panic? Brilliant idea. That's a good title for the second book. Don't worry. We'll call it Pandemonium, no one will notice. Also, for Panic, if it sells well enough we can make a trilogy out of it. What do you think of Tranic? Franic? No? I'll leave you to write--Manic?
That said, this book wasn't a total failure. I remain dazzled by Lauren Oliver's ability to make the words leap off the page and straight into my soul. The imagery is fantastic. A visual wonderland. Still, this book has lost some of the glitter, revealing the dithering one-legged dying plot limping along to the strides of its former glory.