Book Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer

Book Review: The Evolution of Mara DyerThe Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #2
Published by Simon and Schuster on February 28th 2013
Pages: 544
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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?


The Evolution of Mara Dyer is the second book about Mara Dyer, supposed crazy teenager, only she’s not. For some reason she has these powers, although admittedly she seems to have killed a few of her friends and several animals. So of course, she’s a little crazy even though the reason people think she is such is somewhat accounted for. Following the first book, Mara wakes up in the hospital and seems to be on track to a residential home. She tries to keep herself calm and figure out a way to get home sooner than later. She manages to convince her mother into outpatient day school. Noah tries to keep her grounded as they figure out what her ex-non-dead-boyfriend is doing and wants from Mara.

So, there were some problems with this second book. Out of left field Mara starts having these flashback visions, taking her back in time. I’m not sure where this is leading yet, but there’s another book yet to come. It fits but it seems sort of dramatic since there was nothing of this nature in the first book. Of course, I listened to them back to back, so maybe I’m forgetting something. I found the situations intriguing but also distracting, as there was enough going on beyond that.

At the beginning of the book, Mara discovers that her powers may be hereditary and that her grandmother supposedly killed herself. Then also there’s a big reveal towards the end of the book that really made me go “what the heck is going on!”. I feel like this was a set up for more questions than answers given. There also was a lot of sexual tension between Mara and Noah that I honestly enjoyed (guilty pleasure) and the narrator of the book makes Noah sound so amazingly delicious…

Back on topic, I’m starting to see the wider picture here, as Mara and Noah are not the only two with special powers. I’m not sure exactly what direction this is leading in, but I’m definitely intrigued into what will happen next. Despite the flaws, the audiobook was a compelling read and I found myself finding excuses to listen in for hours.


The second volume in this series leads to more questions and some interesting plot directions. Lots of swoon-worthy scenes mixed in with the mystery and intrigue.

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