If you’re into fantasy or young adult trilogies, I’m seriously begging you give Michelle Hodkin‘s Mara Dyer series a chance! Whether you’re in need of a suspenseful, engaging series that will keep you on your toes throughout the whole story, Hodkin has you covered. I promise.
Overall, I gave The Evolution of Mara Dyer a solid 4/5 stars. As I expected, Hodkin’s second novel in the Mara Dyer series is just as satisfying as the first—The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. In the author’s follow-up to her 2011 paranormal romance, The Evolution focuses more on analyzing the dark gifts Mara has inherited. Mara’s special ability is as peculiar as it is dangerous; she has the keen sense to imagine death to anyone she wants.
Mara is met with difficulty as she attempts to envision death for Jude, her ex-boyfriend. Despite her efforts to end Jude’s life, he’s still on the prowl and continues to haunt her in Miami. Just like Mara, her current boyfriend, Noah, also wields special powers: the ability to heal and repair people. Even though they are both complete opposites of one another Mara and Noah’s bond only grows stronger throughout the story.
Picking up where the first book left off, Mara notices Jude at the police station. She starts to lose it and ends up in a psych ward. In order to escape the infirmary, Mara has to pretend as if there is nothing is wrong with her, and that Jude is not out to get her. The only time Mara is able to find solace and refuge is when she’s with Noah; he is the only one that knows about Jude’s existence and his danger to Mara. This sets up the plot for the rest of the story.
One of the biggest mind tricks going on throughout the novel is Mara begins to have dreams in which she finds herself in a jungle holding a human heart. This family takes her in, and later on, she realizes that the dreams are somehow connected to her real life.
I recommend this series if you like young adult dystopian novels with a lot of romance components to them. So far, this series has exceeded my expectations. I love the way Hodkin writes Mara’s character, and Noah’s is developed so well I could definitely picture him as if he were real. Overall, I felt Mara and Noah’s relationship made this novel worth the read—their connection is unlike any other I’ve read in the series.
Another great aspect to this book is Hodkin’s writing; she’s really careful about letting her reader get inside Mara’s head completely. She makes sure readers know Mara’s every thought and feeling as if the character was Mara herself (or at least in her shoes). Personally, I’ve always thought the best books are the ones where you feel like you are able to experience what the character is going through as if they were someone you knew in real life.
As hard as it is to start a trilogy, you can trust me when I tell you the Mara Dyer series is well worth the read. I promise once you’ve invested in Mara’s life, you’ll be clawing to get your hands on the other books in the trilogy.