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Alex PDF, ePub eBook This captivating digital original story set in the world of Lauren Oliver's New York Times bestselling Delirium series focuses on Alex, Lena's first love. When Alex sacrificed himself to save Lena, he thought he was committing himself to certain death, but what he got was almost worse. Imprisoned and tortured by the guards, his mind forces him to relive a past he would rath This captivating digital original story set in the world of Lauren Oliver's New York Times bestselling Delirium series focuses on Alex, Lena's first love. When Alex sacrificed himself to save Lena, he thought he was committing himself to certain death, but what he got was almost worse. Imprisoned and tortured by the guards, his mind forces him to relive a past he would rather forget. But in the dark he grows stronger. Both hopeful and terrified, he fights to find his way back to her and the love he still clings to. In this digital story that will appeal to fans of Delirium and welcome new admirers to its world, readers will learn of Alex's time after the events of Delirium, as well as the dark past that he has tried to forget.

30 review for Alex

  1. 4 out of 5

    MischaS_

    Blah. Blah. Blah. - Even though I love Alex this was about nothing. After reading Requiem I hoped for some answers. How did he find her? How did he feel about Lena and Julian? Where he went after he left them in the woods? What happened after the end of Requiem! Maybe I can love Alex but this novel was needless.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Belsky

    I really liked where this was going. I loved the set up of it, and the way in which we got the story of how exactly he survived, and his escape from the Crypts. However... It definitely left me wanting more. In all, the series feels unfinished to me. Much like the end of Delirium, Requiem feels like the universe as a whole has a lot more story to tell. I think Lena is done with her story, but not everyone has had a say. And I feel like the little bit at the end from Alex's point of view might be I really liked where this was going. I loved the set up of it, and the way in which we got the story of how exactly he survived, and his escape from the Crypts. However... It definitely left me wanting more. In all, the series feels unfinished to me. Much like the end of Delirium, Requiem feels like the universe as a whole has a lot more story to tell. I think Lena is done with her story, but not everyone has had a say. And I feel like the little bit at the end from Alex's point of view might be a set up for a series from his point of view. Not one starting from the beginning, of course, because that would be crazy and too much. I think it should follow his path until he finds Lena (much like it seemed to be doing in this short story) and then continue on from the point when he does find her. Because I really, desperately, want to see what he was feeling, thinking, the entire time. I want to know what happened from his point of view all through out Requiem and then I would love for it to continue on from the point where we were left off in that, and see how what happened in Portland really affected the state of the borders country-wide. I really want a version from his point of view, starting where he sees Lena again, and carrying on from there.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shar

    Okay, let me start off by saying that I was never taken by Alex. There was always something very off about him for me because he was portrayed as this "perfect" creature, and I have lots of troubles with characters that are portrayed that way. (I like rounded characters, not people without flaws). I read "Alex" a few weeks after I had already read "Requiem", (let's not start with Requiem, such a mess), and to be honest, although Alex is not one of my favorites, at least I respected him a little Okay, let me start off by saying that I was never taken by Alex. There was always something very off about him for me because he was portrayed as this "perfect" creature, and I have lots of troubles with characters that are portrayed that way. (I like rounded characters, not people without flaws). I read "Alex" a few weeks after I had already read "Requiem", (let's not start with Requiem, such a mess), and to be honest, although Alex is not one of my favorites, at least I respected him a little bit more with this short story. The story takes you back after "Delirium", and much like "Annabel", it cuts through time and tells you things about Alex's past. It was this light into Alex's past that made me appreciate him a little bit more, because he was a deeply troubled kid. He is a kid who is forced into "freedom" but never really experiences love and he likes to watch things burn, quite literally. And I liked that. Alex knows he is not perfect, (which is the antithesis of what Oliver sells you with Delirium) and I specifically liked the part in the story where he lies by omission when Lena asks to know what is his deep dark secret and he purposely avoids answering. The truth is Alex was never a "human" character in the previous books. Since you're only looking at Alex through Lena's perspective, it's really hard to envision him as a real person and not as this god-like creature in a pedestal that is really surreal. And while this story does have its flaws and I very much would've preferred to have a Pandemonium-Alex story, I really think I understand Alex's drive to be with Lena a bit more. It got him through one of the hardest experiences ever, and it honestly shows you why he has the mindset he has in Requiem. Lena was his hope, and he feels betrayed by her when they reunite. So yeah, what I'm trying to say is that "Alex" was written in such a way that it allowed me to see this paper-thin character as a semi-rounded character and allowed me to understand some of his drives and needs.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ellis

    Edit: So some of you have been asking where you can find this story. It is an extra that comes with first editions of Requiem. It's printed at the back. I have no idea if it will be released separately, but I genuinely hope so. How weird was it to read this after everything else in the series? This took place right after Delirium and it really took some effort on my part to get back into that mindset of Alex still being completely in love with Lena, while she had already completed her story arc a Edit: So some of you have been asking where you can find this story. It is an extra that comes with first editions of Requiem. It's printed at the back. I have no idea if it will be released separately, but I genuinely hope so. How weird was it to read this after everything else in the series? This took place right after Delirium and it really took some effort on my part to get back into that mindset of Alex still being completely in love with Lena, while she had already completed her story arc and was much more conflicted. I can't help but think a lot of potential was lost here and I think it's because we get Requiem Alex and not Pandemonium Alex. Honestly, the image of Alex at the end of Pandemonium is dark and I was hoping for some seriously disturbing shit to be revealed, but it seems like Oliver quickly got that over with so we could focus on the love aspect again. I get it. She probably wants to send out a message of hope and the things that make us keep hope even in the darkest of circumstances but I think it would have added a level of depth to both Requiem and Alex if we actually saw him dealing with his torture, because seriously, (view spoiler)[shaving the insides of someone's eyelids? (hide spoiler)] , I repeatedly tried to imagine that and it was horror - but good horror. Not to be masochistic here, but I wish Lauren had given more of that. Sorry Alex, nothing against you, I'm just creepy like that. What I think Oliver does very well is the little moments that make the characters and relationships come across authentic. In Delirium it was Hana shouting Lena's full name when trying to reprimand her and Alex's cute reaction of "Your middle name is Ella?". In Pandemonium it was Julian's curiosity when Lena was taking a shower, although that came across a bit creepy, but Julian was so innocent at the time that I think it was genuine curiosity. Now, in Alex it's the small things he remembers of his time with Lena. Her burping the alphabet for example. Me thinks someone has to be quite a bit in love with you for that to come across as charming, but apparently Alex is that someone. Oh well, I guess we'll just have to accept that he will forever be obsessed with that one Elizabeth Barrett Browning poem. And now someone has to make an awesome fancover for this story, because the beige/brown rectangle is seriously bothering me. Obviously, autumn leaves are a given, because 1. Alex's signature and 2. They tie in with Pandemonium's colour scheme, so time-frame wise they would match. Edit: something weird is going on with the records of this short story on goodreads. To be safe, I've added this to my Requiem review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nickyjen

    It was an OK read, however, it didn't add much to the story.. We get to know all the bad things he experienced, how he regrets some of the things he did to find Lena and his thoughts on her. It was way too short!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Booknut

    Hmph. Well...it wasn't bad. It just wasn't very exciting, either. The only way I can describe it was like reading an unfinished fanfiction - I kept waiting for something to grab me, for something to happen, or for something to show me that this novella belonged to its series...that it had that same spark. Instead, you're given a speedy first-person narration of events over 27 pages that lacks the luster of the Delirium series. Sure, I perked up at the mention of Lena. But this book did nothing to Hmph. Well...it wasn't bad. It just wasn't very exciting, either. The only way I can describe it was like reading an unfinished fanfiction - I kept waiting for something to grab me, for something to happen, or for something to show me that this novella belonged to its series...that it had that same spark. Instead, you're given a speedy first-person narration of events over 27 pages that lacks the luster of the Delirium series. Sure, I perked up at the mention of Lena. But this book did nothing to further the series. It was a little disappointing. It felt like a third limb that didn't quite connect with, or add to, the great series the novella is meant to stem from. However, I think that anyone who has read all three books in the series should give Alex a read and form their own opinions for themselves :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anjie Basi

    My favorite short story of the Delirium trilogy. I thought it was the best written from all the short stories. I loved being able to see more of Alex's childhood even if it wasn't a lot. We got to love him more. I decided to read it before reading Requiem, which I felt was a right choice because it helped me sympathize with him in Requiem. I know that after Requiem there was an overwhelming amount of hate towards Alex because of how he treated Lena and honestly, I think it's justified and his sh My favorite short story of the Delirium trilogy. I thought it was the best written from all the short stories. I loved being able to see more of Alex's childhood even if it wasn't a lot. We got to love him more. I decided to read it before reading Requiem, which I felt was a right choice because it helped me sympathize with him in Requiem. I know that after Requiem there was an overwhelming amount of hate towards Alex because of how he treated Lena and honestly, I think it's justified and his short story further exemplified that for me. I also think that if the same thing happened to me, I would act the way Alex did but probably more vindictive. I've gotten into many arguments about Alex in Requiem and I still stand by them haha. I think what Alex went through in the short story was the same thing Lena went through in Pandemonium (albeit Alex had less details but a little bit more gruesome). By this I mean, both not knowing the other person's fate, if they were alive or dead. I can really go on and on and defend Alex until the death of me but I will spare you haha.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ferdy

    Mildly interesting to get Alex's POV about his time in the crypts and his escape from them. His story would have been far more enjoyable though if he hadn't sounded like a male version of Lena, both of them were so boring and angsty.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Usually, I am not a fan of in-between novels but this one was great! Alex, has always been my favourite character in the Delirium series, and having a book in his perspective was a dream come true for me. It tells the story of what happened to Alex after he, supposedly died at the end of Delirium and also shows hints of his past. His hard and painful journey as well as dark past is shown in a way we could never have imagined. In Delirium we hardly get a look into Alex's past and his character is Usually, I am not a fan of in-between novels but this one was great! Alex, has always been my favourite character in the Delirium series, and having a book in his perspective was a dream come true for me. It tells the story of what happened to Alex after he, supposedly died at the end of Delirium and also shows hints of his past. His hard and painful journey as well as dark past is shown in a way we could never have imagined. In Delirium we hardly get a look into Alex's past and his character is shown as the perfect, beautiful and romantic person who any reader would instantly like, but this one shows a completely different side of him. We see a much darker Alex who has made some serious mistakes, and being from the Wilds to the Crypts and back to the Wilds his story gets darker and darker with glimpses of an Alex we never knew. None the less, we see that his love for Lena never wavers and the Alex we know and fell in love with in Delirium still exists somewhere. Overall, it was great reading this, after the not-so-great Requiem and I do recommend every Delirium fan to read it as it gives us a chance, one more time to get into the mind of an amazing character and sadly, for the ever last time.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Garima

    The Delirium series is officially over, and I'm now heartbroken. I seriously don't know what to do with myself anymore. Although, his book should have definitely been 2.6 or something, because it ended right before the ending of Pandemonium. Anyways, this book was written so beautifully, like all of Lauren Oliver's books. It was really nice to get a story in Alex's POV, and it makes kind of wish the whole series was in his POV. He's such an interesting and complex character with a bit of a darke The Delirium series is officially over, and I'm now heartbroken. I seriously don't know what to do with myself anymore. Although, his book should have definitely been 2.6 or something, because it ended right before the ending of Pandemonium. Anyways, this book was written so beautifully, like all of Lauren Oliver's books. It was really nice to get a story in Alex's POV, and it makes kind of wish the whole series was in his POV. He's such an interesting and complex character with a bit of a darker past. I really liked the bits of childhood flashbacks that Oliver provided for us. They were fit into the story well and helped give us more of an understanding of Alex. My favorite part of this book was all the comparisons that Lauren Oliver made. They described everything perfectly. I loved how she used some of Alex's flashbacks to describe his current emotions. The beginning section really drew me into the story immediately. The only thing that I found lacking in this short story was Alex's transition from Delirium to Requiem. In Requiem, Lena mentions that Alex has changed, and the reader definitely sees a darker and more harder side of him. I was kind hoping that we'd be able to see more of what made him like that. Other than that, this was a beautiful story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sunny

    I haven't read the other short-stories in the Delirium series, so I wasn't sure what to expect. But, half-way through Requiem I was itching to know what Alex did when he left Lena and Julian in the middle of the night. Dammit, this book still didn't answer that question. It tells Alex's story - from his own POV - during the period between being caught at the end of Delirium but before he meets up with Lena at the end of Pandemonium.j In 27 pages. At the end of my copy of Requium. It was fun. It was I haven't read the other short-stories in the Delirium series, so I wasn't sure what to expect. But, half-way through Requiem I was itching to know what Alex did when he left Lena and Julian in the middle of the night. Dammit, this book still didn't answer that question. It tells Alex's story - from his own POV - during the period between being caught at the end of Delirium but before he meets up with Lena at the end of Pandemonium.j In 27 pages. At the end of my copy of Requium. It was fun. It was decent. But it didn't answer my question.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Erika Custodio

    So in this book is how Alex escaped during the bombing in the Crypts, survived the Wilds and finally made it out to White Plains, where Lena is. Not bad. I did understand why he treated Lena off when he returned in Requiem. After all that he's been through, it's Lena that kept him going. Then when he finally got to where Lena is, the first thing he saw was Lena and Julian kissing. I understand his reasons now. But, can't blame Lena altogether. It happens.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐

    Ugh reading this after already having read the other two books is hard because you KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. I'm glad I'm reading these again after a few years though because I am in an entirely different place in my life and I think that I will have a very different perspective on things (still in a good and probably more thoughtful way). Four stars because of my love for Alex, of course.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chelsy Ryan

    I love Alex's POV! It made me smile alot how he just describes Lena. So beautiful. I love Alex so much...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (leaninglights)

    Really good! I just wanted a bit more but overall I really enjoyed it and enjoyed better a bit more of Lauren's writing :)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    *May contain spoilers* This was a short story which was only available in the first print runs of Lauren Oliver's Requiem. I'm hoping that it is reprinted for everyone who has yet to read it so that you can all enjoy it. The short story gives us a glimpse into the childhood of Alex, the torture he underwent in the Crypts, how he escaped and his slow path towards reuniting with Lena once again. I really enjoyed this. It was fascinating to see how he grew up in The Wilds and how he developed some py *May contain spoilers* This was a short story which was only available in the first print runs of Lauren Oliver's Requiem. I'm hoping that it is reprinted for everyone who has yet to read it so that you can all enjoy it. The short story gives us a glimpse into the childhood of Alex, the torture he underwent in the Crypts, how he escaped and his slow path towards reuniting with Lena once again. I really enjoyed this. It was fascinating to see how he grew up in The Wilds and how he developed some pyromaniac tendencies. His shock at his 'new' life in Portland - sleeping on the floor over the bed - and the horrendous torture he underwent. It was gruesome to read some of the details featured and it made me appreciate his character and strength so much more. It was great to read the bombing and mass breakout of The Crypts from the point of view of a prisoner and to read how he succeeded in escaping. The language and world building was once again flawless - I've come to expect nothing less from Ms. Oliver. Definitely one of the best authors I've come across in awhile. Another plus was seeing how in love with Lena Alex is. She is always on his mind and is what keeps him going through the torture. Once he is back in The Wilds he is single mindedly motivated in tracking down Lena. It was infuriating to see him wishing her well and to move on... completely different from the Alex we meet at the end of Pandemonium! This once again ends before Requiem begins, leaving a big gap in the narrative. Very frustrating but still a very, very enjoyable read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I read the Delirium trilogy years ago, I read this novella but didn't remember it.. I also never marked it on Goodreads… I've read it now though!! It was really good. I liked reading from Alex's POV. We didn't really get to see what happened to him after the events that happened in the trilogy. I enjoyed this novella.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Luke

    I read Alex as part of Requiem — it was included as bonus content — but I will allow it to stand on its own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    -A

    of course I loved this and of course I cried

  20. 4 out of 5

    Valentina

    Incredible how a few pages can make me so sad.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Yolanda Sfetsos

    I just finished the trilogy and this story was in the back of Requiem, so I thought I'd give it a go. Once again, the writing's nice and while the story does fill in what happened to Alex after Lena goes over the wall, it wasn't fantastic. It provided a few answers but felt kinda rushed--like it was racing to the end so we'd know where it fit in with the rest of the trilogy. I likes Alex in the first book so I was curious but this is just another okay story.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aurélie (Exploring Pages)

    More reviews on my blog, Exploring Pages. "Let me tell you something about dying: it's not as bad as they say. It's the coming-back-to-life part that hurts." ― Lauren Oliver, Alex Not only did Alex bring me back to the world I loved so dearly, but also to Lauren Oliver's remarkable and beautiful writing style. Despite the story being something completely different I did not expect at all, the writing surely made up for it. I love how the author can turn the most cruel things and the most dark stori More reviews on my blog, Exploring Pages. "Let me tell you something about dying: it's not as bad as they say. It's the coming-back-to-life part that hurts." ― Lauren Oliver, Alex Not only did Alex bring me back to the world I loved so dearly, but also to Lauren Oliver's remarkable and beautiful writing style. Despite the story being something completely different I did not expect at all, the writing surely made up for it. I love how the author can turn the most cruel things and the most dark stories - such as this one - into something so beautiful to read. To start with the story itself, I equally loved and hated how surprised I am. While I did expect to read from the point of view of Alex, Lena's first love interest who I dislike, I didn't expect to encounter a story set directly after the events of the first book in the series, Delirium. Blame me for not having read the synopsis properly, but I first thought it would take place after Requiem, so it could finally give the series that satisfactory ending. My biggest wish wasn't granted, and it did have some impact on how much I enjoyed the story. Still, it turned out to be better than expected. Alex isn't the character who I love dearly. At least, not when you compare it to the rest of the Delirium fandom. I belonged to the little group of Julena, and therefore hated the appearance of Alex in the third and final book. Yet I feel like this novella has made me look at him in a very different way than the novels did. Being in this guy's head is nothing compared the the perspective of Lena. He tells his story so you cannot help but feel compassionate. Now I only want to see more of him, read more from his perspective. If only Lauren Oliver could write another short story of when he meets Lena again. *puppy dog eyes* All in all, I'm just mostly surprised with Alex. If you've been avoiding this one for a while now, do pick it up. I highly recommend it for every Delirium fan out there.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    The Crypts, a dangerous place, a place for the sick. For the people who suffer from Amor Deliria Nervosa, or love for short. The Crypts is a huge prison/mental hospital combo. The sickness isn't in the tiny cells that smell like urine, shit, vomit, and worse. The sickness isn't in the people who lay against the cells filthy walls, screaming, crying, praying and begging for death. The real sickness, the real disease, walks the halls of the Crypts. The disease is in the Regulators who patrol the h The Crypts, a dangerous place, a place for the sick. For the people who suffer from Amor Deliria Nervosa, or love for short. The Crypts is a huge prison/mental hospital combo. The sickness isn't in the tiny cells that smell like urine, shit, vomit, and worse. The sickness isn't in the people who lay against the cells filthy walls, screaming, crying, praying and begging for death. The real sickness, the real disease, walks the halls of the Crypts. The disease is in the Regulators who patrol the halls, the receptionist in the front lobby, the doctors and nurses, they are the truly sick ones. They are violent and uncaring, They are animals. I think the procedure that everyone is supposed to get at eighteen somehow disables the empathy part of the brain. How else can you explain what Raven said in Pandemonium about deliria babies being burned for fear of the disease spreading through the soil? That should say it all, how they can club people over the heads and break bones and set vicious dogs on them, and for what? listening to a little music and having fun? Alex tells us his short but torturous five months in the Crypts. It's a pretty fast story and Alex talks mostly about Lena, so you don't hear about all the torture he must have went through. Whether the cured know it or not, they are the diseased ones, we are not. We are not infected with love, we're brimming with it! And it's way better than being trapped in a lie until the day you die. A great short read. I loved hearing Alex's side of the story. Five stars for this love infected story!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sasha (seetheworldwithbooks)

    “How did I love her? Let me count the ways. The freckles on her nose like the shadow of a shadow; the way she chewed on her lower lip when she walked and how when she ran she looked like she was born going fast and how she fit perfectly against my chest OH MY BABY ALEX. DO YOU REMEMBER OUR FUCKIN HOT HERO WHO GAVE UP HIS LIFE FOR LENA IN DELIRIUM? HERE'S HIS SIDE STORY AND IT'S TOTALLY AWESOME! How she always made up words during Scrabble. Hyddym (secret music). Grofp (cafeteria food). Quaw (the so “How did I love her? Let me count the ways. The freckles on her nose like the shadow of a shadow; the way she chewed on her lower lip when she walked and how when she ran she looked like she was born going fast and how she fit perfectly against my chest OH MY BABY ALEX. DO YOU REMEMBER OUR FUCKIN HOT HERO WHO GAVE UP HIS LIFE FOR LENA IN DELIRIUM? HERE'S HIS SIDE STORY AND IT'S TOTALLY AWESOME! How she always made up words during Scrabble. Hyddym (secret music). Grofp (cafeteria food). Quaw (the sound a baby duck makes). How she burped her way through the alphabet once, and I laughed so hard I spat out soda through my nose. I DONT CARE IF HE'S A DOUCHE IN REQUIEM. HE'S DONE IT FOR LENA ANYWAY. HE'S STILL MY FAVORITE, ON TOP WITH WILLIAM HERONDALE, A, WARNER AND DAY. I WILL FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER AND EVEEERRRRR LOVE ALEX. And how she looked at me like I could save her from everything bad in the world. This was my secret: she was the one who saved me.” YES HE'S STILL IN LOVE WITH LENA AND HE'S DONE ANYTHING TO FIND HER AND HE JUST WANTS HER TO BE HAPPY. HE DOESN'T CARE IF THAT'S HURTED HIM TO SEE LENA WITH ANOTHER GUY, HE JUST WANTS LENA TO MOVE ON CAUSE HE THOUGHT SHE WILL BE HAPPIER WITH JULIAN THAN HIM. THAT'S WHY HE'S BEING SO COLD, GUYS, BUT READING THIS, YOU'LL KNOW FOR SURE THAT: HE. IS. TOTALLY. IN. LOVE. WITH. LENA.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kimmy

    Because this novella was published at the end of Requiem, I thought it would be about Alex's life after Requiem. Maybe find out if Alex and Lena ended up together....but no. Alex's story picks up at the end of Delirium and starts in The Crypts after he is caught escaping. Time for another round of disappointment. It was weird having to go back to the mindset of Post-Delirium. And after reading Requiem it was weird to remember that Alex actually loved Lena at one point in his life. What can you e Because this novella was published at the end of Requiem, I thought it would be about Alex's life after Requiem. Maybe find out if Alex and Lena ended up together....but no. Alex's story picks up at the end of Delirium and starts in The Crypts after he is caught escaping. Time for another round of disappointment. It was weird having to go back to the mindset of Post-Delirium. And after reading Requiem it was weird to remember that Alex actually loved Lena at one point in his life. What can you expect from this novella? It has a lot of Alex reminiscing about the past. So, more than anything you get a better understanding of Alex's character rather than a short story. The actual story follows Alex in The Crypts and his escape and a little of his time trying to find Lena. Some novellas actually add to the story and you need to read them to understand what is happening but not this one. It's just something you can read if you're really broken up about the fact that this series ended. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. It's was meh.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    I personally think that this short story should have been #2.75 instead of #3.5 so that Requiem's ending could be the total ending of the series. BUT, the ending to this novella was also good considering it is the actual last book to the series. Anyway, it was awesome to finally see Alex's adventure before bumbing into Lena and Julian in the second book(uh-oh hehehehe). Since this was the last book, I thought it'd have to do more with the 3rd book in the series; about Alex's feelings when he knew I personally think that this short story should have been #2.75 instead of #3.5 so that Requiem's ending could be the total ending of the series. BUT, the ending to this novella was also good considering it is the actual last book to the series. Anyway, it was awesome to finally see Alex's adventure before bumbing into Lena and Julian in the second book(uh-oh hehehehe). Since this was the last book, I thought it'd have to do more with the 3rd book in the series; about Alex's feelings when he knew that Lena was with Julian and how he really felt when he told Lena that he never loved her (total lie obviously due to the ending of Requiem) "...But how could anyone who's ever seen a summer--big explosions of green and skies lit up electric with splashy sunsets, a riot of flowers and wind that smells like honey--pick the snow?" P.S. Although this isn't really related to Alex, I don't see why anyone hated the ending to Requiem? It was the perfect ending!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Márcia Rodrigues

    "Sometimes I think maybe they were right all along, the people on the other side in Zombieland. Maybe it would be better if we didn’t love. If we didn’t lose, either. If we didn’t get our hearts stomped on, shattered; if we didn’t have to patch and repatch until we’re like Frankenstein monsters, all sewn together and bound up by who knows what. If we could just float along, like snow. That’s what Zombieland is: frozen, calm, quiet. It’s the world after a blizzard, the peacefulness that comes with it, the "Sometimes I think maybe they were right all along, the people on the other side in Zombieland. Maybe it would be better if we didn’t love. If we didn’t lose, either. If we didn’t get our hearts stomped on, shattered; if we didn’t have to patch and repatch until we’re like Frankenstein monsters, all sewn together and bound up by who knows what. If we could just float along, like snow. That’s what Zombieland is: frozen, calm, quiet. It’s the world after a blizzard, the peacefulness that comes with it, the muffled silence and the sense that nothing in the world is moving. It’s beautiful, in its own way. Maybe we’d be better off. But how could anyone who’s ever seen a summer—big explosions of green and skies lit up electric with splashy sunsets, a riot of flowers and wind that smells like honey—pick the snow?"

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This short story published at the end of Requiem was a welcome surprise. It only slightly took the sting out of the ending of the book. This short story explores what Alex went through in the Crypts, things he never spoke out loud. It also explores the journey that brought him to the warehouse at the end of Pandemonium. I've always been a big supporter of Alex. He's been my favorite since the beginning. He's the reason I cried the entire way through Pandemonium. So seeing his point-of-view and how This short story published at the end of Requiem was a welcome surprise. It only slightly took the sting out of the ending of the book. This short story explores what Alex went through in the Crypts, things he never spoke out loud. It also explores the journey that brought him to the warehouse at the end of Pandemonium. I've always been a big supporter of Alex. He's been my favorite since the beginning. He's the reason I cried the entire way through Pandemonium. So seeing his point-of-view and how he thought was a treasure. But it was also a great experience to see how those thoughts carried him through the events of his life. I love that boy. Forever.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Isabella

    I liked reading about what happened to Alex while he was away from Lena, but I wanted more! I wanted to see his reaction to seeing Lena again, but it stopped RIGHT as he went to find her. Even so, being able to understand how far Alex went to escape the prison and find Lena again, made me love him more. In Requiem, I was Team Julian because he was adorable and I hated Alex's attitude. This short story kind of redeemed him for me and made me rethink my Team a little. Although I'm still hoping for I liked reading about what happened to Alex while he was away from Lena, but I wanted more! I wanted to see his reaction to seeing Lena again, but it stopped RIGHT as he went to find her. Even so, being able to understand how far Alex went to escape the prison and find Lena again, made me love him more. In Requiem, I was Team Julian because he was adorable and I hated Alex's attitude. This short story kind of redeemed him for me and made me rethink my Team a little. Although I'm still hoping for some closure with one more story set after the end of Requiem!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Berna

    I like to read about moments of his life in the Wild. We get a better glance of him, knowing him a little better and different from what we've seen. I LOVE the way he thinks and express himself. So beautiful how he narrated the ways he loved her, and how he described being without her as 'burning alive'. The descriptions of what has been done to him on the Crypts twisted my stomach. So sad, but perfectly pictured how inhuman we can become at times.

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