Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She used to think her problems were all in her head.
She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.
In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?
Words cannot express how thrilling it was to read the sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Michelle Hodkin strikes again with The Evolution of Mara Dyer; this time with an even more mysterious and complex plot, complete with steamy romance, well-developed protagonists, and writing that will keep you turning the page for more.
Since Unbecoming ended with a cliffhanger, I delved right into Evolution, waiting to see what would happen. What I didn’t expect, though, was to eagerly finish the whole 544 pages in one day. Let me tell you, I can’t handle psycho-thriller books especially since I’m the type of person to jump out of her seat and hide in the covers when there’s a suspicious sound in the dead of night, but both Unbecoming and Evolution balanced the scary, creepy stuff, romance, and thrill so perfectly that though I had to keep looking over my shoulder to make sure there wasn’t someone (*cough* Jude *cough*) holding a huge, bloody axe poised right above my head, I literally couldn’t stop reading.
Mara seriously evolved (pun intended) during the course of the book, her paranoia growing stronger and stronger as her hallucinations became more realistic. At first, Mara pretended and lied (a lot) to keep her from being kept full-time in Horizons, a mental facility. Problem was, Mara couldn’t hide them anymore-they were too serious-and her family thought she was going mad, especially after a deliberate attack. Placed in a mental facility with an uber-annoying girl, Phoebe, Mara has to survive there without her super sweet and understanding boyfriend, Noah and Daniel, practically the only family member who still thinks she’s (slightly) sane. (Did I mention that Daniel is an awesome, caring, older brother? One scene with him and Mara was so sweet it almost made me tear up. Best big brother in a story ever.) But of course, Jamie, the trusty friend, shows up, and more surprises come along the way. (And more heart attacks and thrills too)
What lies in the ending will surely shock you, make you crawl under your bed and rock yourself into a state of madness that no one else can understand unless they read the book, but let me tell you this one thing. The realization you will get at the last part of the book ties most of the loose ends together and gives you one hard smack in the face as you find out why all those events in both books happened. I need The Retribution of Mara Dyer now!
The Evolution of Mara Dyer is a book you need to pick up NOW. It doesn’t have an overused plot, it has a complex protagonist, romance that makes you giggle, scenes that give you goosebumps, and a whole chunk of awesomeness contained in one book. Definitely a five out of five.