The Evolution of Mara Dyer is the second frightening, yet spellbinding book in the Mara Dyer series, written by Michelle Hodkin.
Mara Dyer knows she isn’t crazy. She may think she’s a killer and responsible for her friends’ deaths, but the one thing she knows is she has no place in a psychiatric unit. Unfortunately, convincing her family and her doctors that she isn’t crazy is difficult. It doesn’t help that her ex-boyfriend Jude seems to be staking her. The only problem is, everyone thinks he’s dead. He isn’t. And he’s out for revenge…
The only way Mara can stop Jude is if she and Noah work together. Mara can kill with her mind, and Noah can heal with his. Mara must learn to control her powers before she endangers the lives of everyone around her She and Noah must figure out what really happened on the night of the asylum collapse and how Jude seemed to know so much about her ability. But Mara must hurry… before everyone else ends up dead.
I can’t believe how much I love this series so far! This book was even better than the first one. It was scarier, had me asking more questions, and left me begging for answers. This is one of the most thrilling books I’ve ever read. It had me up until late in the night trying to solve all the mysteries in this book. Again, I was grabbed from the very first page and this book had me glued to the pages.
One of the main emotions I experience while reading this book was frustration. I was so frustrated that no one believed Mara. I was frustrated that I didn’t know whether Mara was hallucinating or whether something was actually happening. I was frustrated that Mara was considered ‘crazy’. If I felt that way, I can’t even begin to imagine how Mara felt being forced to go to a psychiatric unit when even her own mother didn’t believe Mara. I was angry that no one would listen to her, except for Noah and occasionally Daniel. I was confused as to whether Mara was hallucinating, or whether the things she saw were real. I was scared when creepy things happened to Mara. This book was even scarier than the first one. I was hugging myself, sitting in my house with every single light turned on at night, both too terrified to continue reading, yet I couldn’t take my eyes off the pages. I was trapped, wanting to know what was going to happen, but afraid I wasn’t going to be able to sleep without the light off if I kept reading. I eventually worked out that perhaps if I finished the book and everything was solved, I would feel less scared about going to sleep. It was 1am when I finished reading this book, but I didn’t feel any better or feel comforted in the slightest. Left on a massive cliff-hanger, I read the last page over and over again, hoping that another chapter was going to be there when I re-read it, saying Haha! Fooled you! Everything is going to be okay and Mara is safe and no one is actually dead, except for the people who you want to be dead! But that never happened. The closer I came to the end of the book, the more I felt like I was a big ball of emotions, rolling down a steep hill where a lake full of piranas met me at the bottom. I was frustrated, angry, terrified, and left wanting more. I can’t believe how this book ended and I know I won’t be able to stop thinking about this series until I get my hands on the next book.
Again, I loved the characters in this book. Mara seemed sure of herself and she knew exactly what she believed. She was more determined than ever to uncover Jude and prove that she wasn’t crazy. I felt like Mara was more cautious in this book as well. I guess that would be natural when your parents are constantly watching you and are willing to move you into a home of the mentally unstable and when one wrong move could mean putting yourself and your family at risk. Although Mara questioned whether she was actually crazy at times, I liked how she never doubted herself for a long time. The only thing she doubted was whether she could kiss Noah because of what she could do. I desperately hoped that this book wasn’t going to be like all the other books I’ve read where two people couldn’t touch each other because then something terrible would happen. I was pleased with how everything worked out regarding that issue. But then I started doubting Mara about all the crazy things that were happening to her. I wondered whether Jude was actually still alive. I wondered whether maybe Mara blacked out and did these creepy things, only to awake and be scared that someone was in her house. It would be really creepy if the whole time, it were Mara doing these things. Like in the first book, I was really glad Noah was in the story. Without Noah, I feel like this book would have just been depressing and I would probably have not read the second book in the series. Noah felt like an anchor in this series and I loved having him in the books. I felt like Noah and Mara have come a lot closer in this book and now trust each other a lot more. I know Noah would never do anything to hurt Mara and I know I could trust him to believe whatever Mara told him. He was really supportive. Again, I loved the conversations between Mara and Noah. They seemed so perfect together and their conversations always flowed naturally. Noah is an asset to this series.
I literally cannot fault this book. Michelle Hodkin didn’t try to be too clever with her words, unlike the first book. I loved the captivating plot and all the spine-chilling moments throughout this book. I felt a range of different emotions reading this book. I loved how this book could make me laugh at the conversations between Mara and Noah, as well as make tears of frustration run down my face. This is one of the best books I’ve read and I will be camping outside the bookshop the night before the next book is released to make sure I get my copy! I’d completely, 100% loved The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin and I’d give it a score of 9.5 out of 10. Absolutely superb.