Putting out there now that this post will contain spoilers for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer* and The Evolution of Mara Dyer*, which are the first two books in this trilogy. I will include a small spoiler at the end, but I’ll put it inside a blurred box, so you have to click to read it. Basically, I just thought one aspect of the story was incredible, but it is the last line of the book, so it may give stuff away. I would read the review, read the book, then come back and read it again with the spoilers, if you’re trying to keep your mind clear when you’re reading it.
Now let’s get started!
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THE RETRIBUTION OF MARA DYER
“The villain is the hero of her own story.”
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance/Mystery
Themes: Mental illness, mental powers, romance, death
Publisher: Simon & Shuester Books for Young Readers
Days I took to Read: 3
ABOUT THE BOOK
Noah can’t be dead, Mara refuses to think so. After everything that happened at Horizon’s, the deaths that Jude is trying to pin on her, the torture she’s undergoing in the facility, Mara doesn’t know how much more she can take. But she knows one thing — she will find Noah, because even if she loses herself in the process, she will not lose him.
WhOO this book was a whirlwind. Again, read it within a few days and was left gaping when I reached the last page. Mara finally learns that she, Noah, Jamie, and all the other students at Horizon’s were not being treated for their diseases — they were being tested for them. This book is finally the conclusion that we were all waiting for, because it’ll finally give us the answers to all the hundreds of questions that the previous two books posed, right?
By the time I reached the end of this book, I was still left a little unsatisfied. I feel like the rest of the series tried to bite off more than it could chew, and perhaps wasn’t able to accomplish everything that it needed to within only three books. Science fiction is a bit of a doozy, especially when it involves the whole genetics-coding thing within a plot only three books long. As much as I loved this series, I think I would have loved it even more if it was a longer series, maybe even four books at least.
Now, that’s not to say that everything wasn’t explained, per say, it was, for the most part. But I think it was explained in the same way that trying to tell a ten year old the history of Europe in thirty minutes — they may be able to get a grasp on the gist of everything, but they’re not going to be able to get deep and delve into why everything happened. That’s what I would have liked to see more of. I think it might even be fun to read a novella from Kells’ or Jude’s perspective, to get a better grip on the whole genetics thing.
This book did have a few chapters from Noah’s perspective, which was a little jarring, but I did like it. I absolutely LOVED the last few chapters, when it went back and forth every few paragraphs. That’s saying a lot, because switching that much usually isn’t that easy to do. However, I loved the feel of it, and it almost felt like a rhythm when I reached the end of that section.
This next point is just a spoiler for the last line of the book — even though it doesn’t really tell you anything about the plot, but I thought it would be considerate to include, just in case. Click through if you don’t mind!
Really, it’s a little hard to review this book fully without going into too many spoilers, because as I told a friend of mine, it’s pretty much a book entirely made up of spoilers. In short, I’d definitely say you should check this series out. It’s got the perfect amount of thrill and romance for me, along with some weird psychological horror-y type stuff, which I absolutely adored. It’s pretty fast-paced, so you won’t find yourself lagging on any chapters before you finish.
I’ll be adding this to my “to be re-read” list, and I hope you guys can check it out!