The Evolution of Mara Dyer

Title: The Evolution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 23, 2012
Pages: 544
Genre: Contemporary/paranormal
Source: Amazon
Rating: 5/5
Picture Perfect: completely
Protagonist Pizzaz: through the roof
Va va va voice: dark and dramatic
Mph: 500

Summary from Goodreads–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?

Picture Perfect: completely
Yet again, the cover designer for this series delivers perfection. It’s dramatic and dark, a mirror image of Hodkin’s voice as well as the story.

Protagonist Pizzaz: through the roof
How could you read this book and not love Mara Dyer? She’s complex as all hell, functioning as not just a plot mover like some female characters in today’s young adult lit, but as one damn good character. Hodkin expertly creates doubt in the reader about Mara’s sanity. She creates a character we want to root for but also one whose reliability is extremely questionable, making Mara all the more interesting. Hodkin also describes Mara’s (supposed) insanity perfectly, leading the reader through all of Mara’s doubts and certainties and cracks as though she’d lived them herself. Mara Dyer’s uniqueness as a character is something that simply cannot be overlooked and makes the series even more compelling.

Va va va voice: dark and dramatic
The Evolution is much darker than its predecessor, but what else would you expect when our beloved protagonist is stuck in a mental institution? Hodkin’s writing in this book is even more flawless than The Unbecoming, lyrical but moving but page-turning all at the same time. Hodkin is fast becoming a true expert at her craft.

Mph: 500
This book is the definition of page turning. With a new twist on practically every page, readers initially put off by the length will be surprised when they devour the book in one sitting. If I had one criticism though, it probably would be related to pace, only because sometimes I felt like I had just caught my breath after running up and down the hall of my dorm a few times before a new dramatic development emerged.

In conclusion, damn. Just damn, damn damn. Damn the ending, damn the fact that we have to wait for the final installment, damn all you silly people who haven’t read it. Trust me, it’s worth it.

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