The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her. I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame.
Lauren Oliver sets Lena on a dangerous course that hurtles through the unregulated Wilds and into the heart of a growing resistance movement. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.
As far as sequels go this one was just okay for me. While I thought it a decent follow-up, it was no where near as interesting and compelling as Delirium. Lena has escaped into the Wilds while her boyfriend Alex has been captured. This story switches between the past and how Lena fell in with the resistance, and the present showing the current mission she’s on for the resistance.
I’m going to try and make this quick. As I said before, while this story was decent, I had two major issues with it that really worked my nerves. First and foremost, this book seemed to be so much more dramatic than its predecessor. Like unnecessarily dramatic in places that didn’t make sense to me. And with Lena and Julian being overly dramatic, I found myself annoyed with them on many occasions.
Second issue is I just don’t believe the romance. How on God’s green earth is Lena in love with this kid in a matter of a couple of weeks? Especially after having loved Alex so deeply and knowing it took them quite a bit of time to get to that level in the first place. And all of a sudden she’s stuck in captivity with Julian for a week or two and they’re in love? Really? While I could understand Julian falling so quickly being he’d always been so sheltered, I couldn’t understand Lena falling too. To me it just made her seem fickle.
Overall, not nearly as interesting as the first and in some aspects quite unbelievable. I’m hoping Requiem will redeem this one because it was only ok.
Filed in: Dystopian, Mini Reviews, Young Adult Tags: Review, Young Adult