Saturday, January 12, 2013
Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Requiem by Lauren Oliver
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. 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
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It’s unavoidable these talks on teams, of Julian or Alex? Alex or Julian. So, I’m more than relieved about where the author took things, but a little lost about the alternate point of view chosen in this one. When I read book two, I was fuzzy on the details but jumped in anyway. No surprise, I did the same here… and since I’d not bothered with either of the novellas I struggled in placing who Hana was and why she mattered. One thing is certain, she’s different from Lena. It’s a difference that made her sometimes more interesting than the other lead.
In book one, Lena had me thinking love struck girl. In book two, she had me confused with her girl unsure of what she'd gotten herself in to. Adjusting, if you will. Here, there’s an insistence of being a different girl completely; she’s understandably tougher, but with moments of vulnerability too.
*Oliver doesn’t take the obvious path by settling questions on who the girl’s going to end up with because really isn’t there so much more in this one? Instead she takes her time on that aspect, and allows for more things to come about. As said, she’s new girl in new world, but getting used to it (a little,) and doing that she separates old Lean from present one.
*There’s a different sort of urgency from the first with their new love and us against the world thing. There’s also a different feel from the adjustment that Lena was going through in the second or even the back and forth going on in that one, the one between her past and her present. Here’s it’s all new Lena feels like a new girl; it’s a fact she insists on herself. Plus it’s true, for which I’m very appreciative. Because less girl on cloud nine, all in love and follow the boy, she’s not that here at all.
*Love interests. Does it matter? I mean, really? The second book had me feeling “Unnecessary complication, my friend.” Did it not suffice to be in a world where love’s a disease and those who disagreed with no choice but opt out of society escaping to the wild? The love complication felt a trifle.. ergh, triflein the face of all that. And then that ending happened. That one had me flashing back to all the YA’s I’d read over the years. Oh noes, LOVED TRIANGLE. Except the way it worked out here, well… it wasn’t badly done at all. Instead of going the obvious route, here she shows people change in the good and the bad, and it’s that bit I bought out of this aspect of the story.
*All the people Lena’s life coming out bringing a little bit then a little more, making the world more balanced in view. There’s Bee, Raven, Pippa and whole slew of character who are of a certain opinion. But zero in on Lena on one side and we see Hana on the other. Or are they? On the opposite sides, that is? The doubts that surfaced had me buying into both their stories more and more. That there’s an uncertainty in their positions … it’s an uncertainty that made the both of them more believable.
The Not so Good (or maybe not)
Having not read the novellas, then having picked the first up oh so long ago, and then with the second one having little mention of Hana, maybe sticking an unexpected alternate voice here wasn’t so good. I was unclear on how important she was and how big a role she’d play in things. That said, I have to admit it clever. Choosing her, I mean as a balance is allowed by her voice. It’s not all the cure is a bad bad thing now. There’s basis and what feels like a choice because for her it’s numbing things instead of being drowned in emotion.
Also, I’m still not sure about bits of this… like the cure numbing things down to a certain level, removing a certain emotion with instances in this a showing key player with rather strong moments, Fred in particular. ) Or why the ‘zombies’ were capable of disgust (hate?) and yet not the opposite. I mean, there’s that thin line and all that jazz, right? But hey, this made for an interesting read.
OK way to answer the love question, but outside that there’s an even more interesting bridging of views that balanced out the story.
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