View from the window seat:
Lena and Julian finally escape to the Wilds…but the Wilds aren’t the safe haven they used to be. There have been massive crackdowns by the government and many Invalids have been eradicated. Lena fights for her life and her freedom to love alongside the Resistance. Meanwhile, Hana remains safely closeted in Portland as the mayor’s fiancee. Lena and Hana live on opposite sides of the divide, but soon they will collide in unexpected ways.
Before Requiem made its way into my mailbox, I heard disturbing murmurs on the winds of the book blogging world. A bad ending to the series, bloggers whispered in the safe, spoiler-free Wilds. Disappointment, they shuddered. So I picked up Requiem cautiously. I was surprised when I started flying through it, but Lauren Oliver’s expert and lovely prose pulled me in as it did in the two previous books. I fell into the familiar cadence of Lena’s thoughts, enjoying the alternating view that is Hana’s cured voice. Though nothing much really happens through the first like two-thirds of the book, I was still entertained. Pish-posh, I thought at my trusted bloggers’ reviews. This isn’t disappointing at all! I must be in the minority again like when I said I didn’t like Shatter Me, only this time I’m the only one who does like the book.
So there I was, blithely flipping through pages, caught up in the action when…there was no more action. The book freaking stopped. I should’ve heeded the warnings, folks. This is a severe case of the-resolution-that-wasn’t. Because seriously…the book ends so abruptly, I felt that nothing was resolved. There was no closure. Conflicts weren’t sorted out.
I was really disappointed when Lena and Hana finally met up again. I felt it was rushed and not as emotionally impressive as it should’ve been. I liked reading Hana’s POV. I thought it was a strong aspect of this novel, to narrate from a cured’s perspective. But when they collide, it’s just meh.
I was also annoyed with Lena much of the time for how she treats Julian. Basically, she treats him like shit the whole time. I’ve been team Julian, and I’m still team Julian after this book. I think the Alex situation was a cop-out in terms of romance, and it’s a concept that bothers me when it comes to relationships. I wish I could explain this better, but I don’t want to be spoiler-y. The fact is, I still think Julian is the better man, and nothing will convince me otherwise.
Requiem was, simply put, a disappointment.