Michelle Hodkin: The Evolution of Mara Dyer

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Make sure to read my review for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer first!

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? 

Hmmmm…

Well, the intrigue certainly picks up in this book. If you like unreliable narration, you’ll really like this one. Evolution takes place in and out of Horizons–a mental care facility where Mara is sent to be rehabilitated for her “delusions.” Even we as the readers don’t know whether to believe what she is trying so hard to prove to herself is real, and this book is a roller coaster of emotion. It still has quite a bit of magical realism, mixed in with the psychological twists and turns.

I can’t make up my mind how I feel about the way Hodkin is using mental illness as a plot device. On one hand, it really works–you can absolutely feel the paranoia that is layered through the narration. What is real and what is not real? Mara never is absolutely sure, and she starts losing time in this section of the trilogy. On the other hand, is this truly representative of someone with PTSD? Does the magical realism element take away from that experience and exploit it instead? I’m not sure.

The romantic relationship has built a more solid footing in this book, though I find it a little unlikely. Noah is more protective rather than possessive now, and while he could take full advantage of Mara’s desire to go all the way–he’s holding back sexy time until she’s not doing it out of fear. It’s torture for the readers, but it’s also a responsible move that makes me feel less uncomfortable about them. However, I raise my eyebrows quite a bit about how often he is allowed to spend the night. It’s weird, right?

One more in this series, and while my butt is firmly in my seat, I am interested to see where it takes me.

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