Requiem - Lauren Oliver Genre: YA Dystopian, Last book of TrilogyRating*: 3-3.5 stars*First Thoughts*There's just so much that I can say about this book without being hammered by my friends and followers alike or spoiling what actually happens to each of the characters. It's not that I disliked this series or the book in anyway. A 3 rating from me is as good as a 4 star rating from fanatical screaming fans who would take toe jam on wheat bread from the author if she was to ask what people wanted from her.I actually found myself cheering for Julian and Hana in this book, rather than Lena and Alex. Julian is a character that changes the most, and the one that you have to feel for regardless of who you wanted Alex to end up with in the end. Alex, for a time, wasn't a factor at all in this story. The parts he did play was the brooding, uncaring, and confused Alex that I didn't want to see. There a more than a few new characters introduced in this last book including Coral, and Pippa, and most of them are key ingredients to the final showdown.Hana has a lot to atone for after betraying Alex and Lena in the first book. Hana ends up playing a major role in this book when it's all said and done. From the start, we see a totally different Hana who has been "cured" from Amor deliria nervosa. This, in theory, could have been Lena had she not fled Portland and ended up in the Wild. We see Hana struggling with her new identity and still having feelings and thoughts about things she should have to worry about any longer. She even becomes aware that her new husband to be isn't all that he's cracked up to be. Let it be said that I really hated Fred. Let there be no mistake that if you are looking for a villainous bastard, look no further than Fred and those like him who are evil incarnate.It's sad when a trilogy or series ends because you have no clue what is going to happen to the characters that you have followed since the beginning. Not every character survives until the end of this book, and I think you will be surprised who falls and who lives.Needless to say, I'm actually torn over my rating. Oliver absolutely knows how to write and her world building is phenomenal. The secondary characters are all important to the overall series including Lena's long lost mother Bee, and not just Lena, Alex, Hana, and Julian. However, this book actually doesn't feel like the last book of this series. It feels as though there is still more story to tell, and that other characters will step up and play their roles prominently. *Recvd via Edelweiss on 12/11/2012* Releases March 5th 2013 by HarperTeen