Saturday, 3 January 2015

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

       First post of the new year! I know I'm late and I wasn't able to make a post like I did last year, but Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everybody!

Author: Michelle Hodkin
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 528
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Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 23 2013


        Mara wakes up in a psychiatric ward sure that Jude is still alive despite the people that are insisting that seeing Jude was just a hallucination. Of course Mara's family wants to help her get better so they put her in an program to see if she would be best suited for in-patient care or out-patient care. Horizons is filled with people with all different kinds of issues, some more severe than others. Mara knows that she doesn't belong there. She has to get out, she has to find out what is happening with Jude and she has to sort out all of the other weird occurrences in her life and figure out if Jude is behind them, and if he is, why is he doing them. Mara knows she isn't crazy, but it'll take a lot to convince all of the people around her.

       Jamie makes a comeback! After being expelled from Croyden, his parents placed him at Horizons. He's taller and without dreadlocks, but I'm ecstatic that Jamie is back, (Even if he is dreadlockless) him being my favourite character in the first book.

       Stella is another person at Horizons, she can almost pass for stable. I wish that a little bit more attention would have been payed to her considering that she is quite important.

       Phoebe is pretty much the complete opposite of Stella. Meaning, that she is entirely unstable. She is absolutely aggravating, Which, is probably what the author meant to do. So props to Hodkin.

Noah and Mara
       Noah and Mara are indeed still dating, but they are always very cautious with what they do physically, considering the Mara-maybe-almost-killing-Noah-while-they-were-making-out-although-it-might-have-just-been-a-hallucination-thing. I respect the fact that are constantly acknowledging what happened because even though Noah refuses to admit it, Mara is dangerous, being with each other is dangerous. However it makes me happy that they know that something could happen and don't throw themselves at each other because Omigodwe'resoinloveandIcouldn'thelpit.

       Mara didn't have any hallucinations in this book, which was fine. I think it was a good decision to stop the consistent hallucinations although I am aware that hallucinations are a very serious thing for people that suffer from PTSD. Now Mara sleepwalks, which is an interesting change.

       Some chapters are labeled "Before" and are set in India. I believe they are dreams of some sort, and it is not Mara living them, I think it's Mara watching to see what unfolds. Usually I am not a fan of things that cut into the story, but the way that these "before" chapters are written is interesting and didn't bore me at all.

        The ending was not something that I expected. Like, at all. It was done well though. A lot of times twist endings like this one upset me because so much changes to quickly and then I have so many questions, but I liked thin ending, although it isn't something that I expected.

       I think I like the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer better than this one, but that is not to say that The Evolution of Mara Dyer is not great as well. It progressed nicely, and I am very excited, (and a little sad) to read the final book.