The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2)
By Michelle Hodkin
Summary: The truth about Mara Dyer’s dangerous and mysterious abilities continues to unravel in the New York Times bestselling sequel to the thrilling The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. 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?
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Original review posted on October 17, 2013 here.
Wow. The Evolution of Mara Dyer was absolutely amazing. I enjoyed the first book, but it was nothing compared to this one. I was floored by the complexity and intelligence of the plot, which sprouted from the events in book 1. I love the mood and feelings I got while reading. Was Mara crazy? Or was whatever was happening to her crazy? What is in her mind? What is real? Who is Mara Dyer? I loved not knowing. I loved the unreliable narrator. It was brilliant!
Honestly, I had no idea where the plot would go. It was just as plausible that Mara was crazy as it was that the events were real and no one knew about them. I didn’t know where the author was going, but the book dripped with paranoia and I loved the mystery. Some things could be explained by her sleepwalking. Something was happening to her. But was it ALL in her head? Or was any of it in her head?
I absolutely loved Mara’s character. I loved her narration, the fact that she was unreliable, the way she described the world around her, her love for Noah, the easy banter she had with her brother, the love she had for every member of her family, and her bravery. I admired her, I felt scared for her, and I wanted to get to the bottom of the mystery with her. Michelle Hodkin really created a fabulous premise with the Mara Dyer series because she is both likable and kind of crazy. The way the other characters in the book watch her and the way she feels watched makes my spine tingle. I felt like I was going mad while reading it, but in a good way. The wheels in my brain were constantly turning. Some moments, Mara was such a teenager that it made me smile and other moments, she was so deep and wise that it shocked me.
The Mara Dyer series is a must read. It is full of intrigue, paranoia, the supernatural, mystery, romance, friendship, family, identity, and much, much more. I liked the first book, but The Evolution of Mara Dyer was so phenomenal, it’s now a favorite and a series I’m anxiously and impatiently waiting to be finished. I find it so amazing to come across these types of YA novels that are so smart and well written and yet capture so many teenage elements at the same time.
“…plopped down at the table across from my mother, who was sitting her laptop. I rested my head on my arms and sighed dramatically.
‘What’s up?’ she asked.
‘Why are boys so annoying?’
She chuckled. ‘You know what my mother used to say?’
I shook my head, still in position.
‘Boys are stupid and girls are trouble.’
Truer words were never spoken.”
“His eyes and voice were defiant. ‘If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If we were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.’”
“My throat burned with tears I wanted to cry but wouldn’t. I knew she loved me. She just didn’t believe me. I understood why, but it hurt like hell just the same.”
“You will love him to ruins.”
It must be a trend where I’m always a tad cautious when it comes to the first book in a series. I rated the first book a conservative 4 stars because, let’s be honest, without having read the rest at the time, how could I have known whether the series would get better or follow the traditional YA trilogy pattern of a downward spiral?
I know now that the entire trilogy is indeed 1 story arc that makes sense and is really good, so I’m not as floored by how great the second book was these days, but it was still really good and I think it might be my favorite in the trilogy because I honestly wasn’t sure if Mara was crazy.
I love when there are unreliable narrators and I loved not knowing what was really happening. I thought, with some skepticism, that Mara was as crazy as a bag of marbles and Noah was just humoring her because he loved her and their abilities were unrelated to her fracturing mind. Even though I know what happens, I still felt the same way reading it a second time.
I highly recommend the trilogy.