The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

If you have read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, this review is spoiler free.

The Evolution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Genre: Young Adult
Format: ebook
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 10-23-12
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? – 
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This installment of Mara Dyer’s story starts almost exactly where book one ended.  Mara made her choice, despite the consequences, and finds that things have quickly gotten more confusing and, well, more surreal.  Reading this series will turn you into someone who believes no one and that’s a good approach for this twisty, inventive and truly spooky story.  There is a stark contrast between the seemingly normal Mara that is navigating a bump in her teen life and the Mara that is slowly starting to question her own sanity and is desperately trying to find answers without letting on that she’s searching.  That double life that she’s leading really helps set the mood and I found myself feeling exhausted just reading about it.  I also really liked getting to know Mara’s mother.  As a family mystery is revealed, I really started to wonder if Mrs. Dyer might have some of the answers that Mara is looking for.  Oh, but then there’s Noah.  Our friend Noah, who is sexy, snarky and vulnerable, was very well developed as a character in this book.  Where he was a love interest before, I began to really understand why he and Mara needed each other.  Their interactions were emotional, very sexy, and really added something to a story that was already extremely compelling.

Michelle Hodkin is very, very good at creating a sort of false stability.  Just when you think that you are getting a handle on what is going on and perhaps even formulating a theory, she pulls the floor out from under you and you are hurtling through space with nothing to stop you.  Every corner I turned in this story had a new and frightening element in it.  I really felt as if I understood Mara’s sense of emotional and mental vertigo because the story was so well told. It’s eeriness should not be underestimated, either, and I definitely had some trouble settling down enough to sleep after I finished.  The questions that I had at the end of book one were only partially answered and, I know it might seem impossible, there are even more questions, now.  This was an amazing and riveting sequel and I regret that I finished it so quickly because now I have nothing to to do but wait and wonder how this story will resolve.

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143 responses to “The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

  1. oh wow I really do need to pick this one up as soon as possible!! The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was such a confusing read for me but at the same time it was addicting and different, and weird, and just all around creepy and amazing, but I’m guessing this is even better!!!

    great review!

    – Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  2. i am so curious to see how this series will end! although i didn’t LOVE this book, it really is compelling & mysterious. wonderful review. 🙂

  3. I love Michelle and the Mara series so much. This book had me so stressed out and my heart was literally in my throat several times. Good stuff!

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