Waiting on Wednesday: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  Its purpose is to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting:

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Expected release date: March 5, 2013

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. Of Pandemonium, ALA Booklist noted that “like all successful second volumes, this expands the world and ups the stakes, setting us up for the big finale.”

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

(summary via Goodreads)

Much as I struggled with the first book in Oliver’s trilogy, the second one won me over.  I couldn’t put it down.  While the central premise of the books is still stretches the limits of credulity, there’s no denying that Oliver has crafted a riveting story.  Despite the last book’s silly, obvious cliffhanger, I have to find out what happens next–and how Lena’s story will conclude.  I can’t wait for this one–March is still a long ways away, though.

What are you waiting on this week?

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