Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Evolution of Mara Dyer

Author: Michelle Hodkin

Source: Library

Summary: (goodreads)

 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?

Review: As a huge fan of the first book in this series, I thought I was set to adore the second one  as well. But there were some major cons for me in this story. Although the overall plot was still magnificent and ambitious, the execution for this book faltered way too many times to ignore it.

Way too many things were placed in coincidentally to help keep the ball rolling and it was unrealistic even in this paranormal environment. Did anybody count how many times Mara blacks out? It was so many that I lost track. I don't know if there is supposed to be a secret reason why and maybe all will be revealed in the third book, but it was ridiculous. Mara would black out at the most inopportune times to seemingly make the story longer.

When I look back, I don't feel like much of anything happened in this novel. It was so much of the characters running around and randomly creating new problems to solve. I think this would have been better as one large, stand-alone book instead of a series.

Emotionally, this was an intense part of Mara's story. The psychology is so tangled up that at times I wasn't sure if Mara was a reliable narrator. I even wondered if she had imagined some scenes because of what a nervous wreck she becomes. Her dependence on Noah borders on clingy, which is somewhat understandable given her predicament, but mostly it was just unrealistic.

The ending is tragic, but I cannot say that I cared too much about what happened after Mara blacks out for the umpteenth time. I anxiously awaited this sequel and wanted so much to love it, but those ridiculous plot twists buried the possibility of a five star review.

Nevertheless, The Evolution of Mara Dyer can still provide an exciting tour of the troubled mind and if fans loved the first, then you will at least have some closure (very little, but some) in this one.

But I'm not sure how much more story is left for a third.

Rating: 1 2 3 3.5 4 5

Other Books in the Series:

1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
3. The Retribution of Mara Dyer (To Be Released October 22nd, 2013)

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