Do not read this. If you don’t want to know what happens. SPOILER ALERT!! I’m serious. This will ruin the book for you. Do not click. And if you do… it’s on you. Just sayin’.
**Spoilers start here. I hate to write down spoilers, but honestly I can’t get on with my day until I get this out.
I am extremely disappointed in this book. The only reason I’m not giving it less than 3 stars is because I truly enjoy Oliver’s beautiful writing. She has a way with descriptions and words to suck you right in and keep you reading until the last infuriating word.
That being said if I had not purchased the Kindle version I would have thrown this book right out the window when I was done. Or possibly mailed it back to Oliver shred in tiny little pieces.
My first issue (which I think is actually my own) I didn’t read Delirium and Pandemonium right before I read Requiem. I forgot a lot and was, at first, lost in the Wilds and the characters it held.
My second issue lies in the back and forth between Alex and Julian and the addition of Coral. As if a triangle wasn’t enough yes, please let’s make it a foursome and it was already clear that Coral wasn’t a threat but girls being girls Lena thought she was.
Issue number three, her mom. It was this huge shock in Pandemonium and wasn’t addressed until the last third of the book. WTF? Then all of a sudden they have a talk and all is good in mommy/daughter land? I call bull shit.
Issue four all the building and building for nothing. It was all for nothing. The ending fell so flat and short that I was left staring at my Kindle thinking someone had played a cruel joke on me.
She doesn’t choose Alex or Julian. The war is still going on. No resolution whatsoever.
While I can understand the point she was trying to make with her stating over and over again to “tear down the walls” it came too little too late. It wasn’t the main theme (in my humble opinion) in the trilogy. It seemed at this point in the book to be a cop out. Maybe she loved them both but in the end you have to choose. She chose freedom, she chose to love, even if that meant living in the Wilds but in the end she couldn’t pick a boy? She couldn’t say YOU (insert Alex or Julian) I choose YOU. Again. I’m calling bullshit.
I quite enjoyed Hana’s POV. Seeing the role she played in Lena’s & Alex’s getting caught and how she dealt with her guilt and how she actually helped the resistance despite being cured was a great addition to the book.
Also I think her maliciously killing Raven was so not needed.
This book ruined the series for me.
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