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August 18, 2014

Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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?
I know what you're thinking--it's about time, right? Ish reviewed this over a year ago now, yet here I am, seriously lagging it to the point that I had to reread book one, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, before cracking this open. Let me tell you, I'm mentally kicking myself for not having done so a long time ago.

It has been at least a few years since I first began reading this series. As soon as I began Evolution, I remembered why I initially loved the Mara Dyer books so much. It's so easy to forget that protagonist Mara and her love interest Noah are just seventeen. Both are such strong characters, brilliantly witty despite all they've been through, and literally a match made in literary heaven.

One thing I did not expect from this book was the level of psychological intensity. Think the first novel was bad with the ouija boards and frightening flashbacks? Evolution was ten steps up from that. Not once was I able to see what was coming next, and it got to the point where I had to genuinely consider whether or not reading before bed was a good idea. That said, I still absolutely loved the fact that words on a page had the power to give me chills just as well as images on a screen could.

There is really no good way to sum up this book without spoiling something, so I'll just say that if you opt to read it (and you should), you will not be disappointed. The only qualm I had was the length; maybe a few pages or scenes could have been cut, but overall, it was so well written that I didn't always notice. I'm so, so excited to see what happens in the final book, The Retribution of Mara Dyer.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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