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Teen Review:Requiem by Lauren Oliver

samantha photoSamantha – Hi! I’m a 6th grader and really excited to be blogging. I LOVE to read and write so I’m most likely going to have a lot of posts. I’ll give you the most honest reviews possible. I hope you read them!

 

 

Requiem-Lauren Oliver

In our modern day world, we have many non-concrete things, like peace, friendship, and most of all, love. But, in this story there is no love. Love is claimed to be a disease, deliria. To avoid the spread of deliria, every citizen must get a procedure once they are old enough, but it doesn’t always work.  This is the world in the Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver.

A girl named Lena grew up around deliria. Her mother was killed because of it. The first book, Delirium, begins with Lena wanting nothing more than to get her procedure and be an emotionless zombie like everyone else. Lena was so set on her brain-dead goal, until she met Alex. Lena and Alex fell in love. They planned to escape to the wilds, the only place where love is allowed. When their plan went wrong, they got caught. Alex died, but Lena made it out.

A lot of stuff happens between then and the third book, but, to sum it up, Lena thought Alex died.  She fell in love with another boy named Julian in the second book, Pandemonium, and helped Julian come to the wilds with her.

Requiem begins when Lena and Alex joined a new group and discovered Alex was there. He never died, and he felt betrayed by Lena. Requiem is all about Lena and Alex coming back together, whereas, the first two books are all about their earlier time together and apart. Lena and Alex’s group decided to attack the love-free zombies. Throughout the rest of the story, they met new people and slowly fell in love again.

Do they love each other in the end? Read the story to find out.

I liked this book because it flipped back and forth from different people’s point of view. One thing would happen, and you got to hear several sides of it. Lauren Oliver really knows how to grab a reader’s attention, I couldn’t put the book down!

Blogging Birthdays

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that–on your birthday–you don’t typically find out you are a wizard (need I mention Harry Potter?), have magical fairies granting you a wish, or become a werewolf. Recently, my best friend celebrated her birthday, this past Tuesday in fact. Happy Birthday, Anna! The anticipation of being one year older is expected, but also probably very PREDICTABLE. In our ordinary lives, expecting extraordinary things to happen is probably not a normal train of thought.

In fact, birthdays, if celebrated, are usually spent with family, friends, pets, maybe even the homeless guy down the street, with some sort of candle sticking out of the dessert, (Lemon Meringue pie for you, Anna!), whatever suits your fancy. Maybe you go out, maybe you stay in, or maybe you don’t do anything at all.

However, thank goodness for imagination! Check out these titles for they will be certain to liven up your birthday as they give you a chance to jump in and enjoy some far-out, crazy, pretty awesome, or awful events that happen on these characters’ birthdays. Still, don’t go too far, you’re gonna want to come back to blow out the candles and make a wish!

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.


The Rise of the Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell

Expecting to become a super villain on his sixteenth birthday, Damien Locke, son of one of Golden City’s most notorious super villains, is horrified to discover that he may instead be destined to become a superhero.


Divergent by Veronica Roth

In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.


Unwind by Neal Shusterman

In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives “unwound” and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs–and, perhaps, save their own lives.


Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

Seventeen-year-old Violet Eden’s world is turned upside down when she falls for the sexy and aloof Lincoln and discovers he is part angel and part human. As Violet gets caught up in an ancient battle between dark and light, she must choose her path because the wrong decision could cost not only her life but her eternity.



– Colleen, CLP-Woods Run

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