Review : The Retribution of Mara Dyer, Michelle Hodkin


Did you ever read a book that left you speechless, staring at an empty void for seconds, minutes even, after you closed the book ? Well, The Retribution of Mara Dyer is one of those books. I absolutely loved the series right from the beginning, and was waiting eagerly for its conclusion. Waiting a year more than expected  was so worth it.

For those of you who have no idea of what this trilogy is, let me walk you in, and, hopefully, you’ll want to dive right into it. It all starts in 2011 with The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. And, first of all, check out that synopsis : doesn’t it leave you eager to get your hands on that?! Right away, we fall into a series full of questions, with a hint of mystery, and just the right touch of horror that gets you grabbing your covers in anticipation, and, well, fear. All characters are full of life and endearing, despite their freakness we don’t understand, but feel drawn to. Let me warn you, though : this is not a series for the squeamish. If you like being kept up at night, wondering about what the hell is happening in that masterpiece ; and, let’s be honest, being a bit scared about all of it, then, this is for you.

Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, September 27th, 2011.

The story continues in The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and it just gets better and better; deeper inside of the characters’ family history, and into the mystery. As in the first book, the story is perfectly paced, with all the right touches of action/mystery/horror/romance/whathehellishappeningicantbreathe. And, oh my god, the ending leaves you on the cliffhanger of your life.

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.

Michelle Hodkin, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, October 23rd, 2012.

Now, let me tell you about its breathtaking conclusion. More into horror than those last two ones, more into suspense, romance, more into, well, everything than before. I can safely say that, despite all we can say about endings sometimes being disappointing, this was not the case here. You can feel the intensity during all the book, it left me breathless at times, especially towards the end, where it was just so hard to take, I had to make breaks, to take it all in. The main questions find answers in this well-plotted book, with just the right pace. The alchemy between all the characters is great, all the pop-culture references got me smiling and even laughing at dramatic times. At the edge of my seat until the very end, I left completely  satisfied of this ending I had waited for so long.

The Mara Dyer series is definitely something you want to pick up, if you’re looking for a gut-wrenching, scary, intense read that keeps you up at night. Written with a beautiful prose, leaving you with quotes in your head, and scars in your heart ; this goes straight to my favorite’s shelf.

Find Michelle Hodkin on her twitter account, her goodreads where you can ask her questions. And, if, like me, you are fascinated about this trilogy, learn more about it, and the real story behind it, here.

Michelle Hodkin, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, November 4th, 2014. 


Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

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