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Requiem by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #3)

3 Stars

We wanted the freedom to love. We wanted the freedom to choose. Now we have to fight for it.

At the conclusion of a beloved trilogy, we see not an end but a beginning. It’s been a while since I’ve read this but yesterday I decided to skim it and finally resolved to write a review. I know a lot of fans were disappointed by Requiem. It wasn’t perfectly concluded, no final resolution was offered and the love triangle barely had its rightful “endgame”. I can’t blame people to be disappointed. At first, I was too, but as I absorbed the ending through time I realized this was probably how it was supposed to end. Requiem was a cliffhanger, an absolute cliffhanger, but it was one that made sense. This was a world set by rules for many generations and people were just beginning to break through. Revolution doesn’t happen overnight, and a change this big takes time. Rome wasn’t built in a day. At the last page of the book, many readers will be left wondering, What now? I asked myself that too, but answered myself back with “exactly”.

That is after all, the whole point. You do not know what will happen if you take down the walls; you cannot see through to the other side, don’t know whether it will bring freedom or ruin, resolution or chaos. It might be paradise or destruction. Take down the walls.

Life is all about taking risks. It’s like preparing to go off an edge blindfolded. You don’t know what will happen if you jump, but you jump anyway. This entire book, this entire story, it may be set in a dystopian world but its main core was love. The ending somehow reflected that. When you love someone, you break down your walls, you let that person in. You might get hurt, you just might be making the worst decision in your life and setting yourself up for total destruction—but you do anyway, because if you get it right, then it’ll all be worth it. After all, isn’t that what love is all about?

Take down the walls.

You don’t know what will happen if you jump, but you jump anyway.

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Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #2)

3 Stars

Live free or die.

Note: Finished this book last July 2012

I remember loving Delirium, the first book of the series, and how refreshed I was on the simplicity of its plot being just a Dystopian love story. Well, somehow Pandemonium negated all of the things I loved from the first novel. Pandemonium totally jumped into the typical Dystopian formula. The simplicity of the first book was eradicated and the story now focused on the greater scope of the world, the life outside, the Invalids, the Resistance… basically the complex reality beyond Lena’s Portland hometown.

I was hoping for a simpler sequel but I suppose it’s inevitable for a Dystopian novel to just remain as a simple love story. Eventually, we’ll have to go further and delve into the politics and all that.

In this book we learn that there are different types of Invalids: The Resistance, Scavengers, and the people who dwell underground. Rejects who were driven to hiding to keep the surface “perfect”.

If you want something, if you take it for your own, you’ll always be taking it from someone else. That’s a rule too. And something must die so that others can live.

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Delirium by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #1)

4 Stars

I know that life isn’t life if you just float through it. I know that the whole point—the only point—is to find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go.

I reviewed this February 2013 but I forgot to blog about it so I’m posting it now.

A dystopian love story. My first thoughts were, “Hmm, this seems interesting.” I’m used to reading dystopian fiction, but mostly concerning larger plots, so this was a fairly fresh approach for me.

 

Love: It will kill you and save you, both.


Amor Deliria Nervosa, Love, is a disease. Honestly, comparing to most dystopian novels, Delirium has a far simpler no-nonsense plot. To be blunt, it’s simply a love story set in a dystopian society. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t any good. It was quite nice, actually.

  • Delirium has most of the Dystopian staples:
  • Controlled environment
  • Contained settlements/country
  • Predetermined matches/scientifically arranged marriages
  • Strict system and Science-based government

What was new was the theme regarding love. Basically, Lena, the main protagonist, used to be a firm believer of the system. She believed in order, uniformity, and the cure. She believed that a world without love was a better one. That Love was indeed a disease. Until she fell in love.

Most things, even the greatest movements on earth, have their beginnings in something small. An earthquake that shatters a city might begin with a tremor, a tremble, a breath.

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A Beautiful Wedding by Jamie Mcguire

1 star

Sometimes, the best endings are those that leave room for imagination.

That’s exactly what I thought after reading this novella. I wish Jamie Mcguire just stopped at Walking Disaster because I felt that the first two books already concluded the way they should have. Beautiful Wedding just killed all the charm that ending had. Filling in every single bit of information missing from the other two books was a total miss for me. I felt like readers were deprived of imagining and filling in the missing bits for themselves. I was hugely disappointed with this novella, especially concerning Abby’s reasons for marrying Travis. I just ended up feeling bad for Travis instead of being happy for the two of them.

There is a point of telling too much, and this was telling too much.

Know when to stop. If you don’t want to spoil the spark that Beautiful and Walking gave you, skip reading this novella. Trust me, it’s better that way.

Read my other reviews for Jamie Mcguire’s books:
Beautiful Oblivion
Walking Disaster
Beautiful Disaster
 

Review: Eleanor & Park

4 Stars

“Tell us, why has Romeo and Juliet survived four hundred years?”
“Because,” he said quietly, looking at his desk, “because people want to remember what it’s like to be young? And in love?”

Young love. It’s something we’ve all experienced and got a taste of, something most of us have forgotten… a distant memory, a whisper, a soft melody from the past. Reading Eleanor & Park was like going back to that childhood, when everything was so simple yet important, and when love was just… love.

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Walking Disaster by Jamie Mcguire

4 Stars

I’m love with Travis fucking Maddox. There, I said it.

Yes, I just finished Beautiful Disaster yesterday in one sitting, and today I devoured Walking Disaster in three effing hours. I couldn’t help it. I needed to. I loved this fictional tortured bad boy that much.

Sometime between the moment I turned the first page of Beautiful and the last page of Walking, I fell in love with him.

“One of these days you’re going to fall in love, son. Don’t settle for just anyone. Choose the girl that doesn’t come easy, the one you have to fight for, and then never stop fighting. Never.”

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Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Mcguire

4 Stars

I need my own Travis Maddox right now. Dammit, where’s my own Travis Maddox?!

Kidding. Well, okay, not really.

I was such a girl while reading this. My emotions see-sawed from annoyed, excited, angry, really annoyed to giddy butterflies. Beautiful Disaster was like Pride and Prejudice mixed with the passion and intensity of Crossfire, sprinkled with a little Sarah Dessen.

“It’s dangerous to need someone that much. You’re trying to save him and he’s hoping you can. You two are a disaster.” I smiled at the ceiling. “It doesn’t matter what or why it is. When it’s good, Kara… it’s beautiful.”

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