Book: The Evolution Of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release date: February 28, 2013
Page count: 527
Genres: young adult, fantasy, romance, mystery, horror, suspense
Mara Dyer knows she isn’t crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind, and that Noah can heal with his. Mara also knows that somehow, Jude is not a hallucination. He is alive. Unfortunately, convincing her family and doctors that she’s not unstable and doesn’t need to be hospitalised isn’t easy. The only person who actually believes her is Noah. But being with Noah is dangerous and Mara is in constant fear that she might hurt him. She needs to learn how to control her power, and fast! Together, Mara and Noah must try and figure out exactly how Jude survived when the asylum collapsed, and how he knows so much about her strange ability…before anyone else ends up dead!
A lot of the time sequels often feel dull compared to the first book in the series, thankfully this book is not one of those. This book is equally as good if not better than the first book. At first I was put off reading this trilogy because of the fact that Mara is an unreliable narrator and we still don’t know weather or not to trust her, but now that same reason is why I love the trilogy so much. I want everything that’s happened to Mara to be real because she has Noah but there’s a part of me that thinks I’m going to get to the end of the third book and find out that she really is crazy. The fact that I question everything that happens to Mara to me adds to the overall experience of reading this book. Hodkin’s writing is hauntingly beautiful, every sentence flows from the page. The story feels smooth with no awkward lags in any of the chapters. I wanted to devour this book in one sitting but I also wanted to read it as slowly as possible to savior the story and the characters I love so deeply. The flashbacks in the book are written so well that I honestly felt as though I had been transported to another time and place completely. Noah and Mara are unconditionally in love with each other, so much so that it’s as if they are one anthers shadows. If one takes a step then the other follows as gracefully as a dancer, they would go to the end of the earth in order to save one another. This book is full of suspense and often had me fearful of reading it in the dark, there were so many unexpected and unique twists and turns in the story whilst Noah and Mara were trying to figure out how their abilities came about and the secrets about their families. Last but certainly not least, the ending HOLY SHIT was it good, I had tears in my eyes and my heart in my mouth for a good hour after finishing the book and I desperately need the final book now.