Book Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

13643567Title: The Evolution of Mara Dyer

Author: Michelle Hodkin

Format/Length: paperback/320 pages

Publisher/Date Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/October 23rd 2012

Category/Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal

Source: My awesome library

Description: 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?

3/5 stars —


Now, I don’t know whether it was because I’d recently hit a patch of mediocre books before I’d read this, but I read this more than the first in the series. (Wow. This week seems to be a week for reviewing books better than their sequels!) All right — so it wasn’t amazing. Some of it made my roll my eyes, and I had a few qualms about it . . . but whatever, I enjoyed it.

cat animated GIF

I just had to put this gif here. I found it hilarious.

But anyway, back onto the novel.

Hodkin captures Mara’s sense of fear and confusion well.

For me, the best aspect to these novels — though I hadn’t remembered much of the first in the series, I do remember this — is how thrilling, and sometimes confusing they can be. What Mara sees isn’t always what is there. She hallucinates; she has this power she can’t control, and the author captures Mara’s confusion in her abilities as well as she struggles to come to terms with the events of the previous novel very well. (No spoilers, don’t worry, but if you’re read the first in the series, you’ll know what I mean.) I loved the fact that for me, there wasn’t a dull moment in this novel. There was always some new intrigue that kept me on the edge of my seat.

Parts of this novel was set in an institution. With other “crazy” people.

That was awesome, and though it only made up some parts of the novel, I wished there had been more. Parts of the novel were slightly horror-ish or at the very least definitely gave off a creep factor which I really liked. After reading this novel I then came to the conclusion that it would be cool if there were more YA novels set in asylums and/or mental institutions. Get writing, authors!

Or maybe I should write one. Hmm . . .

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The characters were a little . . . bland.

They were okay, I suppose, but my issue with it was that I didn’t feel very strongly toward them. They weren’t likeable, and at the same time they weren’t really unlikeable, either. And maybe that’s a good thing? For me, though, they tended to fall into that “meh, I don’t really care what happens to you” sort of area, which isn’t great for the reader. I consider Mara to be a bit of a dull character — her powers are the only thing remotely interesting about her, and of course as the novel was centred about them that makes sense, but I wish the author could have delved deeper into her character. Noah, too, fell into this category of me not really caring about him.

But all in all this was an enjoyable read. I will be interested to see how the trilogy concludes.


6 thoughts on “Book Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

  1. I can’t stop watching that cat gif. :) I’m not great with horror stories, so I’ll probably pass on this one. This book sounds a lot like We Were Liars in that it is often confusing. When it came to reading We Were Liars, I could barely tell what was real and what wasn’t. Oh, I’ll just let you read it. It’s hard to explain without giving anything away.

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