Audiobook Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #3)

bookcover_home_requiem2x_newI got derailed from my original TBR pile this month, but I do not regret it one bit. The last installment of The Delirium Trilogy, Requiem is just as interesting as the previous two volumes.

This volume, just like Pandemonium, is written in a different format. Instead of being told only from Lena’s point of view this volume alternates between Lena in the Wilds with the Resistance and Hana about to marry Fred Hardgrove.

This is a special treat as an audiobook, because Sarah Drew gets to find the voice the voice of a torn and divided Lena and the cured and spacey Hana.

The chapters that featured Hana’s voice were really interesting to listen to. At the end of Delirium I found myself wondering about a couple of the people that Lena left behind. Getting to see them, and to have a resolution with the some of the characters that I found the most endearing was a real treat.

Lena’s chapters sound raw. They are full of emotion and conviction. When I reviewed Pandemonium I said that I liked the way that Lena was taking action. She wasn’t moping about leaving Alex behind, but in this one she has to confront the walls she’s built up around herself.

Requiem is as much a story about confronting the consequences of your choices and breaking down the walls that protect us.

The audiobook of Requiem includes a final chapter where Sarah Drew talks a bit about how she creates her character and what she loves about Lauren Oliver’s books. The beautifully crafted story isn’t so much about overthrowing a government as it is about humanity and giving yourself permission to love.

What makes The Delirium Trilogy special is the fact that Lauren Oliver crafts each installment so perfectly.

Many trilogies are told just from one first-person perspective and although I’ve enjoyed them, I feel like the scope of the story is limited by the character.

As a writer, I know that when you choose the first person voice your character can only know what they would through their profession and life experiences. So it made sense that we followed Lena and experienced her time in the Resistance as she would.

By following the initial experience of falling in love with Delirium, seeing Lena’s rebirth in Pandemonium, and ultimately bringing the story home with two narrators in Requiem, Oliver is able to create a unique experience that keeps us in touch with the world she’s created at large, while still keeping the story of an average girl at its center.

However, I am way to inquisitive and I take everything a step too far. I found myself asking a lot of stories about how the world at large works.

Once, I came to the end of the series I found myself worried that the Resistance didn’t have a clear enemy.

When we were in Portland, Maine in Delirium, and New York City in Pandemonium there was a clear enemy. Even Requiem came back to Fred Hardgrove as a nemesis.

I understand the goals of the Resistance. They want The Cure discontinued and the walls to come down, but who exactly is supposed to help make that happen? There is no symbolic figure they’re trying to take down.

But, then I realized that none of this matters.

What becomes really clear by the end of the end this series is that it isn’t about the world as a whole, it’s about Lena and Lena’s journey. At the end of this series, Lena is content, happy and starting to take steps into the right direction.

The last few moments of the book leaves the characters content and hopeful. The battle isn’t over, but the battle isn’t easy so why should it be reduced to these three stories.

Lena isn’t even the center of the battle, she’s a soldier in the fight. Her fight is internal and she’s won her fight.

However, I am still curious about the world of Delirium.  That’s why I am glad Lauren Oliver has published Delirium Stories detailing perspectives from Hana, Annabel, Raven, and Alex.

It sounds amazing and I am hoping it will enrich the world and give some fresh perspectives on certain events.


Requiem is now available. You can purchase the audiobook from Audible and iTunes

You can also purchase a physical paper copy through your local independent bookseller, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon

Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

8 thoughts on “Audiobook Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #3)

  1. Oh my gosh I totally loved this book. I read it a while ago and I really think I need to read it again because although I really enjoyed it the first time around, I’m thinking back on it and it was a lot more complicated that I had thought. The fact that Lena isn’t really the reason for the battle makes it so unique because she’s not more special than everyone else. And oh my gosh that ending though…. THE FEELS ARE COMING BACK.\


    1. I know right? The ending just left my jaw on the floor. But I am thinking about the world Oliver created and it is definitely one she can revisit from another perspective. Maybe even a different coast. There is a larger world than just Lena and Lena wasn’t the center of the fight. That’s what I think worked really well with this series. She didn’t try to make one girl solve the problems of an entire civilization.

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      1. Absolutely! Haha yes! It made perfect sense and was much more relatable; everyone can relate to being one of the army, but being the center of it? Most people can’t.


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