Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Book Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Title: The Evolution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer (#2)
Published: 28th February 2013
Source: Library

Mara Dyer knows she isn't crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind, and that Noah can heal with his. Mara also knows that somehow, Jude is not a hallucination. He is alive. Unfortunately, convincing her family and doctors that she's not unstable and doesn't need to be hospitalised isn't easy. The only person who actually believes her is Noah. But being with Noah is dangerous and Mara is in constant fear that she might hurt him. She needs to learn how to control her power, and fast! Together, Mara and Noah must try and figure out exactly how Jude survived when the asylum collapsed, and how he knows so much about her strange ability...before anyone else ends up dead!

Woah ... This book was such a roller coaster ride! I was gasping for air every other page which is not recommended when in class, just saying. This book is a piece of art that Ms Hodkin should indeed be proud of. If you thought the first book was good, you'll find that this book is outstanding.

One of the many conventions that makes this novel what it is is the mysterious element. As soon as you think you know what's going on, Ms Hodkin switches it up and you're left where you started; in I don't know-ville.

Another element that makes this novel what it is is the dialogue. Even though the plot is really creepy and even terrifying at points, the dialogue will immanently crack you up. Both Mara and Noah's characters are fantastically funny.

The character development throughout this series is astonishing. Noah goes from a care-free rebel in book one to a caring and affectionate person in book two which, if it were another author, would be difficult to do but Ms Hodkin can do it flawlessly. Some authors can learn a thing or two from her.

The ending was so spectacular and crazy and unexpected. I didn't see anything coming which is great because normally within the first hundred pages of a book I can tell what the ending would be but I love it when authors do the unexpected! I was left with my jaw hanging wide open when I finished this book!

In conclusion, this is a fantastic sequel and a breathtaking novel. I need the final book to see how Ms Hodkin will conclude this fantastic series.

Infinity/5 stars!

Hagar Manssour