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Requiem – Lauren Oliver

Requiem (Delirium, #3)Welcome to the third instalment of the Delirium Trilogy.

Here are the reviews for the first two books: Delirium & Pandemonium, which you can read if you want to, and not if you don’t want to. Whatever floats your boat.

If you like this series, please leave. You won’t want to hear this. I promise you. And trust me when I say that this review is the censored version.

By the way, there’s a load of spoilers here, so if you haven’t read it and don’t want to be spoiled, shoo! Go read it if you really want to (or again don’t, if you don’t want to).


It’s a split narrative between Hana and Lena. Hana got cured but it didn’t work, and she’s engaged to this creep who she later lets her best friend assassinate. Lena leads Julian on while being in love with Alex and is horrible to everyone and the biggest ball of angst for someone with such a mild, uninteresting situation that is never really expanded upon.Then a bunch of people die who you don’t care about.



The UK cover is gorgeous. Look at it!

I read this book mainly for the cover, and the fact that I wanted some sense of closure which I never got.


The chapter titles were in a really pretty font. They were all curly and long and swishy.

Lauren Oliver probably made a load of money off this

And that’s great for her. Congratulations for making lots of money and having a job you love. (And I realise this may sound sarcastic, but it isn’t. It’s more of a sorry I-hate-your-freaking-book-so-much-but-I’m-sure-you’re-a-lovely-person reassurance.)

The Ending Paragraph was Pretty

I absolutely hated the ending, but the narration was nice, and you shall see it in the first quote. Sometimes Lauren Oliver’s writing style really bothered me, but damn she can write. She should really try poetry, I think she’d be good at that. Less characters to screw up, more pretty words to use.

And that’s where the pros end.


I have so many cons that I can’t think of any specific order to put them in, and I’m pretty sure I can’t cover anything, but I’m going to give it a go. If you want to have a real experience of these cons, you can just read the book (and maybe you won’t think they’re cons, but I sure did).


Never Blamed for Anything

Let us recap on the story of Lena:

She and her best friend meet this guy, and she falls in love with him. She decides to rebel against the society which she grew up in even though it’s going to have devastating, horrible consequences for everyone else who isn’t her. Her entire family and her best friend are shamed for simply knowing her, and she never has to suffer from her rash choices. She abandons everyone who loves her just for one guy she barely knows, and expects THEM to apologise to HER.

For example, later, she has a conversation to Hana about how Hana sold her out, and she slaps her best friend across the face. Her best friend keeps apologising like Lena is this saint who never did anything wrong and Hana is the one who did the bad thing. But Lena LEFT Hana on her own to get cured, because Lena knew how terrible the cure was and how horrible and that was her excuse for leaving, she decided to get her best friend turned into a walking zombie. She PLANTED A BOMB in Hana’s house and didn’t get slapped. She is actively working against Hana’s entire life and is never blamed. Hana decides not to kill Lenaand treats her nicely, yet Lena is the one who is seen as nice in this situation, even though she is freaking horrible in this scene. Does she not feel the slightest bit bad about leaving her best friend in this horrible society which she is so adamantly against? Nope, apparently not. Because Lena is a terrible person.

There is an innocent, injured, traumatised girl who’s entire family and everyone she ever knew has just been brutally murdered. And Lena sees her have one chat to her ex-boyfriend who she broke up with and she tries to convince Raven to abandon this girl, who is homeless and completely helpless and nearly died. And still we like this character? I do not understand.

Always gets her Happy Ending

Yes, you can argue that lots of people die and have horrible stuff happen to them, and that Lena is affected by this, but is she really? The horrible stuff happens to everyone else, not to her. What’s the worst injury she gets in that last battle? her ear bleeds. That’s it. Raven dies in like two freaking sentences. Dani dies, though no one gives a crap about her. Pike dies, but again no one cares.

Lena gets her mum, her favourite cousin, her best friend AND her boyfriend without having to confront her actual boyfriend. She goes through NO hard situations that any other characters have to get through. She gets the easiest ride in this entire situation, others get slaughtered and go into battle that we conveniently get glossed over every time.

You know what happens in most books that make us care for other characters? They go through hard things to see a light at the end. They hit rock bottom and drag themselves back up, showing us they are as strong and determined and making us admire them. But Lena? She drifts on by all the horrible stuff, has one emotional cry-fest that lasts a sentence for no apparent reason other than she doesn’t want to visit Portland even though they have no other choice and she’s being selfish, and yet we’re supposed to admire her? No. Wrong.

Character Development

In my Pandemonium review, I said I wanted to see the transition between Lena in the “before” section, and in the “after” section, as they did not match up at all. Lena was still soft and pathetic in the “before” stories, but somehow cold and overly confident of herself in the “after” section, as though a few months had passed between these sections that we just hadn’t seen. Or the character development was incredibly stilted.

Lauren Oliver tried so hard to make Lena seem like a developed character to us readers. She made her shoot one gun, be present at a battle, save some girl’s life, like we’re supposed to think she’s essential to the rebellion, but Lena is nothing. Sure this character development would have made sense if the author was trying to show Lena still very vulnerable and weak, but no, Lena’s supposed to be a stone cold badass now, and she really wasn’t. For example:

Lena says, “I’ve lost things you can’t understand.”

That line is also used by the Doctor in Doctor Who, and let’s now see the difference between the usage of it (btw, I don’t know much about Doctor Who, since I’ve seen bits and pieces of it, but I know enough to know that Lena is talking crap).

The Doctor had to murder his entire race, including his family, his friends, and everyone he had ever loved. Over and over again he has watched people die for his cause, and yet he can do nothing to stop it, he just puts on a happy face and goes on helping people, even though he is constantly confronted by people who want to kill him, and spends his life saving planets that don’t know he exists. He has to watch his companions leave him over and over, and know each time that they’ll all die before he does.

Lena, on the other hand, ran away with her boyfriend, made friends with some rebels, and saw some people she barely knew, die.

The writing style is the type of soft, poetic writing riddled with too many similes and weird inner reflections. And I thought this airy, writing style worked for what the book was, which was a naive, uninteresting girl whose life is changed. But trying to make Lena cold and calculating with this writing style? They really don’t meld together at all.

No Interesting Personality Traits

You know those character forms you can get to plan an original character for your story? If you like writing, you have definitely heard of them, listing 50 different things you need to do to explore your character and really get to know them. If you tried filling one in for Lena, just for the things mentioned in this book, not the previous ones where she literally tells you what she likes and dislikes, I bet you most of it would be a blank piece of nothing. She has no character. She has nothing that defines her in any way.

Actually, no, let’s change that, she has two characteristics. She is naive and selfish as crap.

Her Relationship with Julian

You are now a guy with the best life ever, you have rich parents and you’re incredibly handsome. You get kidnapped. Sucks, right? But who cares, there’s this really hot girl stuck with you. You fall head over freaking heels in love with her, and you look at her naked, and you’re so in love with her that you give up everything you believe in, everything that defines who you are, just to run away with her.

Then her ex-boyfriend comes back, and you’re mega jealous of the guy because your girlfriend is obviously super duper in love with him. She leaves one night and confesses her undying love to her ex, and he straight up turns her down, so she runs back to you crying, the rebound, who she only is with to spite her former boyfriend, and you don’t get mad at her.

You comfort her.

And apparently this is normal, because Lauren Oliver never says what Julian does is bad for him, since it really is, still accepting your girlfriend even when she would gladly run of with her ex in an eye blink. The only reason she is still with you is to make him jealous, and get make out sessions on the side, and she still expects you to love her, even though she treats you like crap.

And you take it. You let her because you have no personality whatsoever, which means you do as much as a welcome mat.

That’s a toxic relationship right there.

Everyone likes Lena

If you don’t like Lena you are a character that will soon die. Remember that deal with everyone saying Julian was not part of the group because he used to support the cure? Well Lena did too, but no one ever makes fun of her. But Lauren Oliver never gives the reader any indication that Lena has now integrated into the society, it’s just… there.


My favourite character was Raven, and I didn’t even like her. That shows how much I cared for anyone in this book. When Raven died, I felt nothing. Not even a smidgen of emotion when Tack holds her dead body and whispers into her ear. Because we never see their relationship. You’d think in a 400 paged book we’d see one mention of their relationship that wasn’t a few lines of Lena telling us what happened.

If you read the dialogue with no mention of who was saying what, then I dare to to find who was talking. All of them have the exact same voice. I would have preferred clichés by this point, even though I really do hate clichés, but I prefer them over blank character slates. Pick a character from random and fill in one of those character forms. I dare you. See if you can get passed the first few lines.

Another way I found I could never empathise with these characters is that we are never shown the extent of their personality. We only see what they’re like when they’re annoyed (they all just say sh*t a lot, sometimes f*ck) or when they’re planning a plan (they’re all boring). We don’t see them in pure euphoria, sadness or anger. And if they have a spat, it is glossed over by a few lines of narration, instead of actually seeing the scene play out.

Lena’s big outbreak of emotion? A page. If you don’t count her making up with her mother. If you’re going to have your character breakdown, I want a chapter of it. I want to see it fully formed, because it is an important part of a story. But we are given no details of this breakdown other than a standard description of crying, which just sounds like what any crying feels like.

And the rest of the tension is no better. Pippa’s gang getting slaughtered? Recounted on it later. The bomb going off? Just mention it later. All the interactions were calm conversations with “tension”, and by that I mean “intense” glances and melodramatic statements.

The Love Triangle

I did not give two craps about the love triangle.

1. I did not care about any of the characters with blank personalities.
2. I did not care about any of the relationships because they were both initiated and carried out so badly that neither of them seemed like love. They seemed like creepy coaxing of naive people who didn’t know anything about love, and made me feel really uncomfortable. For example, Lena at the start was this naive girl following anything anyone told her about the society, meets Alex, he lures her into the world and because of her innocence and naivety, she believes him. And the exact same thing happens between Lena and Julian.
3. There was nothing compelling about the love triangle as it is very obvious that Lena likes Alex, and is only using Julian as a rebound. However we are somehow meant to feel conflict.
4. I hate love triangles with an absolute passion.
5. I did not understand why either of the guys actually liked Lena.
6. It seemed more like a plot device for one of the dullest books I’ve ever read, than for actual character development, as, you know, none of these characters actually develop.
7. Julian’s only purpose is to be part of the love triangle. Does he do anything else of importance? No. Which makes him a pretty worthless character.

Plot & Setting

One of the reasons I gave both Delirium and Pandemonium much higher ratings than this book will ever achieve, is because they were middle books. They had potential to grow. This world had potential to explode into awesome, as we have learned in every last book of a dystopian series, there is always some sort of war or battle at the end. And who knows, this battle between good and evil could have been epic.

It did not live up to my low expectations.

The main reason it seemed so pathetic to me is probably because I was not paying very much attention as I was so damn bored. But I don’t think they defeated the society. I can’t even remember the ending; what was going on or why they were taking a wall down. And they barely finished it. They barely said anything about what was actually happening because Lena saw Hana instead.

Another problem is that Lauren Oliver never takes advantage to show us anything that’s happening in this world, or the extent of this world. The problem with first person perspective is that we miss a large chunk of world building, however when Hana’s voice was introduced, I became interested in seeing more of the world. But of course Hana’s cure did not work and so we never get to see what it’s actually like to be cured, or what’s so bad about it. I really don’t see what’s so bad about getting paired up and cured, as Lauren Oliver constantly tells us it’s bad without ever showing us. We never see how bad the Wilds is, because Lena spends a lot more time talking about her love problems instead of the hardships. We never see any happy moments between them, no comradeship or friendship between any of these characters to give the Wilds any sort of personality.

And quite honestly, there were so many potential plot points that could have been so much better, and so easy to do, for example:

From Hana’s perspective, either make her cured or show people that have been cured with bad effects. Everyone that’s been cured seems pretty happy, whereas in the wilds everyone is really angsty.

Give Hana a better match. I’ve always preferred shades of grey (around fifty of them ;)) to black and white storytelling. The Wilds was good, and the Cure was bad. If we’d seen the cure actually in action, rather than the extreme of bad which was Hana’s situation, then we could have seen that even when Hana had the perfect life, the Cure was still faulted. Giving Hana the worst pairing possible gave the idea that in a good pairing, the Cure was awesome and everything went well.

When Cassandra was mentioned, I was convinced that she was going to be Raven (btw, I have not read the Raven short story, which is probably why). It would have been a good connection to make Hana find Lena and to get to know Raven’s backstory and why Raven got chosen to lead even though she’s so young. I suppose this was all covered in the short story, but as I hadn’t read it, I never felt a conclusion to Raven’s story through just the books alone. And I don’t think we should have to read companion books to feel the series is complete.

Even in a small scene, like Hana faking her ID with a photocopy, why does everything go smoothly? Storytelling grabs tension when something goes wrong, as iterated by the Dark Knight. People don’t panic when something goes according to plan, no matter how bad the plan is; if something goes wrong, if there’s chaos, that’s when people freak out. Get someone to squint closer at the picture, and Hana to leg it out of there. Get someone to recognise her going into crypts. Get Cassandra not to conveniently give all the answers.

The Ending

In an ending, I expect the author to wrap up all the loose ends, answer all the questions, and leave the characters at a summarised ending and reaching a conclusion where all the relationships are defined and their future is obvious. I know some people prefer open endings, but I absolutely hate them. The story never feels complete without a proper conclusion.

This is the laziest ending I’ve ever read. It didn’t even answer the love triangle, which was, unfortunately, the main focal point of the entire book. We don’t know if Lena survives. The next line could easily and realistically be: “And then I am shot in the head.” And now we’ll never know. This book really needed an epilogue, just to get a final resolution.

There’s probably some sort of conclusion in some short story somewhere, but I have no inclination or desire to read it. I am done with this series. I am finished and happy about it.

Quotes (because, admittedly, they’re really pretty. Even though the writing style completely uprooted the tone,  they are definitely much better without the plot dragging them down)

  • “Take down the walls.
    That is, after all, the whole point.
    You do not know what will happen if you take down the walls; you cannot see through to the other side, don’t know whether it will bring freedom or ruin, resolution or chaos. It might be paradise or destruction.
    Take down the walls.
    Otherwise you must live closely, in fear, building barricades against the unknown, saying prayers against the darkness, speaking verse of terror and tightness.
    Otherwise you may never know hell; but you will not find heaven, either. You will not know fresh air and flying.
    All of you, wherever you are: in your spiny cities, or your one bump towns. Find it, the hard stuff, the links of metal and chink, the fragments of stone filling you stomach.
    And pull, and pull, and pull.
    I will make a pact with you: I will do it if you will do it, always and forever.
    Take down the walls.”
  • “This is what amazes me: that people are new every day. That they are never the same. You must always invent them, and they must always invent themselves, too.”
  • “Of course. That’s what people do in a disordered world, a world of freedom and choice: they leave when they want. They disappear, they come back, they leave again. And you are left to pick up the pieces on your own.”
  • “This is the past: It drifts, it gathers. If you are not careful, it will bury you.”


The aspects of Delirium and Pandemonium that I liked, I now disliked in Requiem. Lauren Oliver’s writing style, while pretty in short bursts, really needs to be used sparingly. The onslaught of this narration really is not suited to the third book of a dystopian trilogy, one that was intended to have action and suspense, but fell flat on it’s face. The characters were completely unlikeable, the setting was never fully fleshed out, and the plot was downright bad.

I think Lauren Oliver should stick to contemporary novels, or poetry. I think if she wrote light, romantic fluff with some philosophical reflection I would enjoy it a whole lot more than an attempt at action and adventure that fails at being interesting. (side note: I do own “Before I Fall”, which is supposed to be a whole lot better than Delirium, so we’ll see.)

It took me two weeks to read this, when usually a book takes a day or two. And I’ve been lazing around for the last two weeks, procrastinating from any work, and with practically no commitments. I could have flew through this book, but I consistently put it off.

Rating: 1 shuriken star. Read it if you… I don’t know, read it if you think you’d still enjoy it after seeing this review in which I spoilt the entire book for you. Don’t read it if you don’t want to. I don’t know. Do whatever you want. Just don’t blame me for the cause.

The Scorpio Races – Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio RacesI had mixed feelings before reading this book.

A while ago, I tried reading Shiver – probably the most well-known book by Maggie Stiefvater – and never finished it. I got up to chapter 2 and never went any further. It certainly wasn’t boring, but it wasn’t interesting, either. I had to return it to the library, and never had the compulsion to take it out again.

But The Scorpio Races was on sale, so I bought it. And this is what happened.

Plot Summary

People race flesh-eating horses and try not to die.

Fine, I’ll give you the official blurb from my copy of the book:

Every year, the Scorpio Races are run on the beaches of Skarmouth. Every year, the sea washes blood from the sand. To race the savage water horses can mean death, but the danger is irresistible. (Awesome, right?)

When Puck enters the races to save her family, she is (and this is where the summary becomes terrible and cliché and completely misleading) drawn to the mysterious Sean, the only person on the island capable of taming the beasts.

Even if they stay together, can they stay alive? (It sounds exactly like a bad YA romance now, doesn’t it?)

A breathtaking ride that will make your heart race. (And even more misleading information was given out on the damn UK edition)



That blurb (I’m looking at you up there) is incredibly misleading.

First of all, Sean isn’t exactly mysterious. I mean, he’s sort of mysterious to Puck – in that brooding, silent way – but half the book is told from his perspective. Yep, we spend half of this 400+ page book in this guy’s head, listening to his thoughts and fears and ambitions and emotions. Doesn’t make him very mysterious to us.

And also, the blurb makes it sound like this entire book is going to pivot around their romance (which it does not. I counted two kisses total, and both are extremely short). The story is really about family and friendship and loyalty and fighting gender roles and the power of the underdog and so on and so on. The romance does not hold very much gravity towards the story, which is a nice change in YA fiction.

And lastly, it’s not a fast book. It’s not action packed and full of the races, it’s mostly the build-up towards the races that matters. It’s how the races affect the characters and how the races reflect the attitude of the island as a whole. It’s a lot of world building and it’s very atmospheric with character development and a really interesting back story; not just battle scenes and race scenes and bloody fight scenes.

No Sequel

The rational part of me is happy. The book doesn’t make sense to be part of a series, it’s centred around the races and how they affect this one storyline and it’s very inclusive and ties up all the ends. I prefer an author to take the decision and know when to end their story or stop writing about their world instead of carry it on and on and on until it’s dragging and repetitive and irrelevant. (e.g. what I’m worried The Mortal Instruments will turn into, since Cassandra Clare plans to end up with a lot of freaking books just based around shadowhunters. Three was enough, six was more than enough, but now…)

Please welcome irrational me to the stage, who is going to speak. And irrational me begs for more about Puck and Sean and the entire world because it was so intense and evocative and emotionally investing and I fell in love with the characters, even the hateful ones like the Malverns, because they were all so real with little quirks and traits and were so well developed. And, most importantly, completely believable. At least a little novella to maybe just to see how our characters are doing?


Puck and Sean were kind of indistinguishable. Not in terms of personality, in terms of their Point of Views. At times, I lost track of who was speaking and what was happening, or I’d think I knew and then suddenly they’d talk about themselves in a different gender and I’d get confused. But it wasn’t really much of an issue.

The Name “Puck”

Can someone please explain to me how you get “Puck” from “Kate”? I was really hoping that name would be explained, but nope.


I will put it this way, if I stay up late reading a book, I know that that book is good. The only times I will do that is if I either get really hooked, the book is so fast paced that I can’t bear to put it down, or the storyline keeps ending in cliffhangers.

The book was neither fast paced, nor riddled with cliffhangers.

And when I finished it, damn, I felt empty. I felt so out of touch with the reality of the world, so out of touch sitting in my room, isntead of the gloomy beaches in Thisby, that I went back to reread the last chapter, just because I didn’t want to leave the amazing, immersive world of The Scorpio Races.


The book was incredibly atmospheric. I really want to reread it, not only because I loved it, but also because I want to know how Maggie Stiefvater created such an intense, chilling mood, and made me feel like it was really on this cold, unwelcoming beach, looking out to the dangerous sea. It was all so incredibly vivid, incredibly real, and so completely addicting. She has a brilliant way with creating such wonderful imagery, that in some ways it reminded me of The Night Circus, another book with gorgeous language and very clear pictures. Maggie Stiefvater is certainly a very very good writer.

Another way that it’s similar to the Night Circus, is what the book centres around. Really, Puck and Sean are minor characters in this book, the main being the Scorpio Races. As they show, the Island is a character. It is harsh and unforgiving and dangerous, but Puck loves it all the same, the way Sean loves the beastly creatures that are the water horses (I would give it the proper name, but frankly, my bookshelf is too far away and I’m feeling particularly lazy at the moment).


I really loved how the book felt like a fairytale. Again, I don’t know how, and I don’t know what Maggie Stiefvater did to make it feel that way. I loved Thisby, this island that seemed timeless, and it’s strange customs and it’s mystical, mysterious, gothic quality that it had. I haven’t read a lot of Fairytale-esque books, but of the ones I have read, I’ve always loved. So maybe it’s my own personal taste that made me love the dark fairytale this is.

Love Triangle

You may wonder why this is in the Pros section. Most times, I absolutely despise the love triangle. But this time, it wasn’t a typical love triangle, but something much, much better.

Puck needs to win the race because she’s extremely poor and soon to be evicted from her home. It’s her last, desperate chance to be able to support her family. Sean’s favourite horse is Corr, who he absolutely loves, and the owner will only let Sean buy his horse if Sean wins. Puck’s not torn between Sean and another sexy guy, she’s torn between him and her love for her family. Because they can’t both win, so inevitably, one of them is going to lose something they love.

And that is why I love this conflict so much. Even though both of them really do like each other (it’s more like adorable, awkward teenage romance than full-blown starcrossed love that will beat the universe), their bonds of friendship and family are far more important.


The minor characters were all brilliantly three dimensional. Sometimes crass and scary and dangerous and idiotic and hypocritical and manipulative, but possessing good qualities like loyalty and kindness and generosity…etc. They were all developed and distinguishable, instead of bland clichés made to make the main characters look better.

Puck and Sean were brilliant and very believable. They were realistic and actually likeable, which is a nice change to what usually happens with me and characters. And they felt really three dimensional; they didn’t take one cliché and build around it like most books do, even my favourite books, as it’s very hard not to do that. But they felt like real, breathing, living people. And their love of wild, dangerous things was a really nice aspect. We can see how much Sean cares for the water horses, how he devotes his entire life to understanding and caring for them, even though they could kill him. We see Puck’s complete longing to stay on the harsh island forever, and how she is unable to understand why people would want to leave. It echoed the whole reason why the races exist in the first place, because the people couldn’t resist the temptation of danger.

Believable Romance

I actually routed for Puck and Sean to get together. Puck feels awkward and unsure when talking to Sean, and vice versa, but they also bicker and disagree and it’s nice to see something that could realistically happen. And their relationship is actually built on liking each other’s personality, and lots of long talks, instead of a conversation then ten make out scenes like a lot of YA romance. It’s the type of romance I would reread because it’s not really heavily spread on or nauseatingly sugary, as we see that they value their friendship and respect even more than their romance.


  • “You leave nothing to assumption,” Dory Maud says. “You swallow her with your eyes. I’m surprised there’s any of her left for the rest of us to see.”
  • “It’s easy to convince men to love you, Puck. All you have to do is be a mountain they have to climb or a poem they don’t understand.”
  • “The sky and the sand and the sea and Corr.”
  • “Shhhhhh, shhhhhh, says the sea, but I don’t believe her.”
  • “We are shoulder to shoulder due to the size of the cab, and if Gratton is made of flour and potatoes, Sean is made of stone and driftwood and possibly those prickly anemones that sometimes wash up on shore.”
  • “There are too many people on horseback today trying to prove themselves, trying to prepare, trying to get faster. They haven’t discovered yet that it’s not the fastest who make it to race day.
    You only have to be the fastest of those who are left.”


I was contemplating how to rate this. I knew it would be high, since I loved it, but I didn’t know how high. My instant thought was 5 shuriken stars, but I was reluctant. But really, there’s nothing substantial I didn’t like about the book. Just thinking about it makes me want to reread it (I reread some of it to put off work and it was still as awesome as the first time), and I loved the many themes touched upon, as well as the characters, the entire atmosphere and the world building of this fantasy setting. So what the hell, I’m going to give it 5 shuriken stars, because the more I think about it, the more it is one of my favourite books.

Ten things I’d want during the Apocalypse

This has been inspired by James Dashner from The Kill Order where he does his own list.

So first, lets determine what type of Apocalypse it is.

Since this is me being me, and I am a tree hugger- exactly how I started my English oral in year 8 (I am a tree hugger and I am proud to be one), so anyway, this Apocalypse is going to be about the sea levels rising and drowning and killing everyone because the ice from the ice caps have melted.

Side note: How is “hugger” not a word?! It’s underlined in red and is really annoying me… 😦

So without further ado, my top ten! (probably, maybe, maybe not in order. You can decide.)

  1. My friends and family- but not the annoying ones 😛
  2. Two lifetime worth of books- one for reading, and the other for burning to keep warm, even though it is a sin to burn books 😦 That’s why I have two copies of everything!
  3. A huge mansion in Scotland, because when all the ice caps melt, it won’t affect parts of Scotland, and because once the temperatures rise, Scotland would be perfect.
  4. A magic bag full of food of any sort. Failing that, a magic bag full of cookies.
  5. A ship. Like Noah’s ark but without the animals and the effort which went into building it.
  6. A invisibility cloak to shut me out from the evil government (sorry, idea stolen from James Dashner!)
  7. A teleporting machine, for obvious reasons
  8. A zapping machine, like in the Kill Order which disintegrates a person when shot at. But not just for people, because the shark population will rise I guess 😛
  9. SEEDS!!! For Trees!!! So I can carry on with my hugging obsession with trees!
  10. A freezing machine so I can slowly freeze the water back to snow again!

Although this is a fun top ten “review” there is a edge of seriousness behind it, as I decided on a Apocalypse that is probably going to happen 😦