Oliver, Lauren. Requiem: Delirium.
3Q * 4P * S
Oliver, Lauren. Requiem: Delirium. HarperCollins, 2013. 432p. $18.99. 978-0-06-201453-5.
In this final book of the Delirium trilogy, Lena's first love, Alex, is alive after surviving a gunshot wound and months of imprisonment, and her new love, Julian, leaves behind his life in the city to be with her. Despite the awkward tension between them, the three must work together with the Resistance movement to stay alive in the Wilds amid bombs and patrols of regulators. When Lena discovers an impending attack on an Invalid refugee camp, the Resistance is thrown into full-scale war. Meanwhile, Hana Tate prepares for her wedding to the seemingly perfect Fred Hargrove. Fred, about to be installed as Mayor of Portland, expects unyielding support from his pair. Recently cured, Hana knows her role, yet she continues to dwell on memories of her friendship with Lena. As Fred speaks of his plans for the city, Hana wonders about his first pair and her questions lead to sinister answers at the same time that the war arrives in Portland. As walls are torn down and secrets exposed, will the dreaded amor deliria nervosa prove to be the cause of everyone's suffering or the one thing that can save them all?
For a story about passion and conviction, there is little of either. With Lena distancing herself from both Alex and Julian, Oliver never grapples with the messiness of the love triangle, propelling the characters into a battle over love without examining their motives. Hana emerges as the more interesting protagonist for her apparent resistance to the cure. For readers who care, Oliver's Delirium Stories, published separately, may offer the insight that is lacking here.--Joanna Lima.