Book Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer

Title/Author:  The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
(Mara Dyer #2)

Genre:  Young Adult, Fantasy, Supernatural, Mystery, Romance

Published:  October 23rd, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, 544 pages

How I Got This Book:  Checked it out from the library.

Why I Picked It Up?:  As soon as I finished book one of this series, I put Evolution on hold.  Despite the fact that I’m not completely in love with it, I was so excited to keep reading this series!  So I jumped in as soon as I could!

Book Jacket Blurb:  “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?”

My Review of this Work:

**Warning:  While I will keep this review spoiler free, there will inevitably be some spoilers from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Click for review).  So just skip to the Bookshelf Rating to avoid book one spoilers.**

Once again, Michelle Hodkin has done something right!  The second installment to the Mara Dyer trilogy lives up to the standard set by The Unbecoming of Mara DyerThe Evolution of Mara Dyer picks up very soon after where Book One ends.  Mara wakes up in a hospital, and her life is about to change in yet another huge way!

Right away, I noticed (and loved) that Evolution had the same great pacing and writing style as Unbecoming!  There is absolutely no break in writing intensity between books, and as a reader I GREATLY appreciate that!  Immediately I was grabbed back into Mara’s supernatural world, and it was like I never left.  I love that I can jump back into a series and it is like I never left!  That is a testament to a talent in story-telling, Ms. Hodkin!

Here is what I absolutely loved about this book:  the psychological focus!  A lot of this novel really focuses on the hallucinations and “craziness” that Mara exhibits, but this time around we get to explore these things from the psychological paradigm, which I am all about!  I love learning more about characters from every aspect of their being, and Mara grows in Evolution in so many fascinating ways!  She grows more emotionally aware of her family and begins to understand how her….let’s call it predicament…affects each member of her loving family.  But she also grows mentally as she fights the supernatural/psychological crap going on in her head.  Mara gains more strength as a character in this installment of the series, and she slowly begins to realize that she will have to fight to survive this!

And while I was on the fence in the last book about Noah, I think I have jumped to the “I like Noah” side!  The instalove quality of their relationship still irks me, but I like that Noah becomes something more than a pretty face in this book.  Noah has transformed from sly and mysterious boy to genuinely caring boy, and I really appreciate his softer side.  He stands by Mara, no questions asked, no hesitation, when a lot of boyfriends would run away screaming.  And he will do anything to keep Mara and her family safe from the threats from the outside.  So yes, I have landed on the Noah-fan side of the fence!

There were some plot turns that I didn’t quite like all that much.  Most of them have to do with the last half of the novel.  What unfolds at the retreat was once again a little out there in terms of what is introduced to the storyline towards the end of a book.  I can understand why authors do this, but as a reader I don’t really like things that just don’t make sense!  But I do realize that there is probably a greater purpose for these twists and turns, and I will reserve judgment until I finish Book Three!

I feel like this series is one that literally picks you up and plops you right in the thick of things, and you watch everything as it happens!  I really enjoy a series where I sit down to read and the next thing I know it’s two hours later and I’m 150 pages further!  Regardless of the plot flaws I see, I truly enjoyed this book even more than the last, and now I have to wait another year for the final book!  BOOOOOO!

My Bookshelf Rating:

A Middle Shelf Book!

I am still a fan of the pace and the story itself.  This book really delves into the psychological realm of Mara, and we really get a feel for how this supernatural characteristic she has affects the other aspects of her self.  I really appreciate it when, as a reader, I can gain some insight into the characters, and this novel definitely allows for that.  However, the ending….I am not completely sold on where this story is going.  But i am hoping Book Three will surprise me, and I am looking forward to seeing how this trilogy ends!

Love and Coffee Mugs,


2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer

  1. Laura Ashlee says:

    Finally getting around to reading all the posts I had starred forever ago. I'm so excited about this book, and extremely glad to here that Noah is better in this book. I want to read this soon but there are SO MANY BOOKS!

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