The truth about Mara Dyer’s dangerous and mysterious abilities continues to unravel in the New York Times bestselling sequel to the thrilling The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. 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?
Title: The Evolution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Genre: YA, Mystery/Thriller
Number of Pages: 527
Publishing Date: Oct. 23rd, 2012
This is the second book in the Mara Dyer trilogy and it follows Mara and Noah as they continue their journey through uncovering secrets and confronting the truth. To be quite honest, I wasn’t expecting this to be better than the first book in this trilogy (which I really loved). But I was definitely wrong. This book contained all of the elements of the first book and more. There was character development, lots of action, romance scenes that were executed perfectly, and side characters that were brilliantly included within the story. I really enjoyed this sequel and it’s probably one of the best sequels I’ve read so far!
The rest of this review is spoiler-free.
The plot of this book takes off right where the first book ended, which thus had the story immediately snapping into action within the first few pages. When put into comparison with the first book, this book was basically all action and twists from the first page to the last. I think that the plot of this novel was more enjoyable than the first book’s plot because there was much more of a paranormal-aspect to it that was intricately explored as this novel progressed. There are so many layers to this story that have to be deciphered by the reader whilst reading and I think that aspect adds such a thrilling mystery element to this novel.
The romance between Mara and Noah was really well-written and I loved the endless witty flirting that resided within the conversations between them. I don’t know if you could consider their relationship to be slow-burning, but it felt that way to me. Every time they would interact it became more and more obvious how much the love between them would grow and, GAH, Mara and Noah will forever be on my long list of relationships that I will always ship.
“This was the boy I loved. A little bit messy. A little bit ruined. A beautiful disaster. Just like me.”
There were some chapters that contained flashbacks/dreams and I really enjoyed those parts of the book. It added a whole new puzzle to put together alongside the ever-growing puzzle of Mara Dyer.
The plot twists that occurred were quite unexpected, so props to Michelle Hodkin for those twists and turns that I love so much! This series always keeps me guessing and I really appreciate when a series can keep me on the edge of my seat like that.
The development of Mara and Noah in this novel was quite evident and well-done. I really enjoyed seeing how they both began to display so much strength and fearlessness. As I mentioned previously, the romance between them was so well-done in this novel and I may or may not have fangirled… a lot…
“If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If we were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.”
Can we please talk about the amazing side characters within this novel? Jamie is one of my favorite side characters of all-time. He adds a much needed comic relief to such a dark story and this novel definitely wouldn’t be the same without him. Mara’s brother, Daniel, is one of my favorite characters from this series. He always says certain things or brings up certain subjects that add such an ironic twist to the story itself and I find that to be a really clever move by the author.
I absolutely adore Michelle Hodkin’s writing style. It captivates you and is so detailed and intricate that I could probably read her grocery list and still be enthralled by it. I love how there will be these paragraphs full of detail and then there will be these short sentences that clearly display Mara’s thought process and, when combined, it makes for a really captivating story. Her writing has this ever-present wicked sense of dark humor (which I absolutely love), but in certain scenes where humor either isn’t necessary or it wouldn’t be appropriate, it disappears seamlessly. In short, Michelle Hodkin’s writing style is definitely unique and riveting.
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel! It was an amazing sequel and it definitely lived up to the high expectations that were left after the ending of the first book. The plot was full of twists, the characters were great, the romance was very well done, and the writing style was absolutely seamless.
So, have any of you read The Evolution of Mara Dyer? What are your thoughts on it? Comment below!