Title: The Evolution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Series: The Mara Dyer Trilogy
Previous Book(s) Review(s):
1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Date Started: January 20
Date Finished: January 24
Format: ebook from the digital library
The last we left Mara Dyer, she had just used her powers to convince a deranged woman to shoot her own father. She couldn’t live with herself and went to the police station to confess to everything that she has done. But while she was there, she saw her ex-boyfriend Jude – the one she though died in the asylum collapse. The one who almost sexually abused her. When Evolution begins, Mara Dyer is waking up in a psychiatric hospital where her mother and older brother are trying to convince her that it is for the best that she go through treatment. Because Jude died in the collapse, the only thing they could find of him were his hands.
But Mara knows better. She knows that her illusions aren’t that real and the only person who still believes her is Noah. Noah swears that he will continue to help Mara out, even as they try to figure out what their powers mean and whether or not Mara’s fear about killing him is really the truth. But it’s not always as easy as it seems. Mara is getting worse. The medication that is supposed to be helping her seems to be doing the opposite. She has started to sleep walk and her appearance is subtly changing.
Jude is also now stalking her, and he is really stalking her. He somehow obtained a key to her house and is taking pictures of her and leaving her dead animals. And as a condition of staying home, Mara is going to a special school that will help her through her traumatic experiences, and a classmate seems to have it out for her even though she doesn’t know why.
There aren’t enough words to describe how much I loved this book. Usually sequels to books I loved don’t live up to my high expectations, but this one did that and more. Mara’s story gets more intriguing with each new page. And that boyfriend of hers! There were moments when they were together that I actually had to put my tablet aside and remind myself to breathe. He got so hot and heavy that I started to question whether or not this was a YA novel. You don’t usually see that kind of language. Mhm. Delicious.
The ending again left me on the edge of my seat and if it weren’t for the fact that my shelves are practically filled to bursting as it is, I would go out and get the next book instead of being #10 on the waiting list for the digital library.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Mara is an amazing character and her family dynamic was just downright refreshing. Noah Shaw needs to actually exist and I’m dying to know what happens next and how all of this ends. Consider my already high expectations heightened again.
Bookshelf worthy? I f someone could give me winning lottery numbers so I can get a bigger house with a bigger room with more shelves, that would be awesome.