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Book Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer blew my mind last year; so my expectations were worrisome-ly high for The Evolution of Mara Dyer.

I needn’t have worried – my mind was blown yet again. Michelle Hodkin knows how it’s done.

Book Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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Title & Author: The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer Trilogy) by Michelle Hodkin

Genre: YA Fantasy – Paranormal, Thriller

Release Date: October 23, 2012

Series: #2 in the Mara Dyer series

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

How I Got the Book: Bought

Description:

“Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.

She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.

They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.

She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?”

Creepy and Confusing – In a Good Way

WARNING!!!!This review contains spoilers for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Read at your own risk!


What I’ve come to love about the Mara Dyer series is the unreliability of Mara as a narrator. Just like in the first book, Mara is trying to figure out what’s happening to her (cuz you know, things are just getting worse), and she’s having visions/episodes all over again.

This time it’s for different reasons and about different things, but I still wasn’t sure most of the time if I could trust what she was saying. This is mainly because she is:

  1. On serious medication
  2. Still unsure about her mental powers to kill
  3. Experiencing visions that she believes are real but no one else knows about/can confirm
  4. Sorta a psycho

Because you feel like you can’t always trust Mara, it makes for a very tense, charged read. I really loved that feeling because it’s hard to maintain, yet Hodkin pulled it off.

The Plot Thickens

Another reason The Evolution of Mara Dyer is a strong sequel is because it doesn’t rehash the same problems different ways. Some one-demential stories seem to change up the situations but the storyline is basically the same: fight the new bad guy, struggle, repeat.

This book threw some wrenches into my idea of what was going on and kept it in line with the story’s progression. They weren’t wrenches for wrenches sake.

Bonus: You get to see the softer, more vulnerable side of Noah, which made me love him that much more.

Bonus for Floridians: I love that the story is set in Miami. Hearing random shoutouts about Florida weather (humid), drivers (crazy) and random sea life (one of my friends works at SeaWorld) was awesome and authentically Fla.

OVERALL:

What an excellent and satisfying sequel in the Mara Dyer series.The Evolution of Mara Dyer pushed past the sophomore slump and delivered something thrilling, suspenseful and steamy.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.