Parents' Guide to

Requiem

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Gripping finale is good but leaves readers wanting more.

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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Not the best conclusion

Requiem wasn’t anything special, but it kept me hooked and I enjoyed both Hana and Lean’s perspectives. The thing holding it back from a solid four star rating was the inconclusive ending. None of the characters get good closure, and it seems like Lauren Oliver just threw in a line about not needing to know what happens and called it a day. There was also a lot of swearing, as well as descriptive scenes of death and violence. Over all great book, bad conclusion.

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Readers hoping for the same swoon factor as in the original book will be disappointed. This third book is more preoccupied with its young heroine’s personal journey in a horrific dystopian society than which guy she'll end up choosing. Even though Lena thinks about her feelings for Alex and Julian all the time, their reality is too grim and confusing (not to mention focused on fighting the regulators) to allow for the kind of thrilling romance that hooked some readers in Delirium.

Readers who don't mind the fact that the romance is present but not overwhelming will find themselves unable to put the book down, even though there are enough plot holes and unanswered questions to make the ending feel abrupt and unexpected. If you think there will be some magical epilogue spelling out everything that happens to these characters, think again. Oliver isn't one for easy answers or thorough explanations; it's the big themes about love, sacrifice, freedom, and choice that she wants readers to take away, not just the "Lena and Alex" storyline.

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