Requiem, the Page-Turning Conclusion to the Delirium Trilogy

Image from www.laurenoliverbooks.comBy Taylor Whittemore

Lauren Oliver’s conclusion to the Delirium Trilogy, titled Requiem, came out in March 2013. This ties together the previous two books, titled Delirium and Pandemonium, in a high paced, suspenseful novel that will have the reader constantly turning the pages until they are finished.

The Delirium Trilogy takes place in a futuristic, dystopian society where love is considered a dangerous disease and can only be removed once the citizens are cured at the age of eighteen. Crucial characters include the main protagonist, Lena Haloway, and supporting characters Alex Sheathes, Julian Fineman, and Hana Tate. There are also several other characters that are interwoven throughout these novels.

The Delirium Trilogy began with Delirium, the beginning of Lena’s story. This novel is filled with unpredictable plot twists that make your head spin and rich character relationships that add another dimension to the novel. The story was continued in Pandemonium, which had less action but introduced additional places and characters that added to the novel’s depth. Pandemonium was concluded with a riveting cliffhanger that left the reader begging for more.

Lauren Oliver, the author of the Delirium Trilogy, has a distinctive writing style and voice. She varies her sentence structure and excels in description, using words to create a world that is completely unique with its own laws of government and distinctive individuals with separate motives. Her descriptions of her characters give them distinctive mannerisms and a realistic quality desired by readers. Oliver describes the action scenes in a way that the reader can easily visualize in their minds, a clear picture with the interactions of these characters.

Requiem’s plot started immediately at an intriguing moment for it provided an explanation and continuation for Pandemonium’s bewildering finale. From there, the action rose in an elaborate series of twists and heart wrenching moments. The character relationships make up a large amount of the plot for this novel, and though some of them were very three-dimensional and had a lot of depth, others lacked the development the readers were seeking to make up part of the plot.

Requiem was published by HarperCollins, where the official summary is, “While Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland.” When in hardcover print, it is 432 pages, and it is only 281 pages while in eBook format for the Barnes and Noble’s Nook.

Because this is the conclusion of the trilogy, fans are feeling the usual sense of loss that comes with the ending of a series they treasure. However, this is not the end for the fans of the Delirium Trilogy, for there are three novellas that follow individual characters, Hana, Raven, and Annabel. In addition, Fox is also in production of making the trilogy into a television show, starring Emma Roberts, Gregg Sulkin, and Daren Kagasoff, providing that the pilot is accepted.

production of making the trilogy into a television show, starring Emma Roberts, Gregg Sulkin, and Daren Kagasoff, providing that the pilot is accepted.

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