Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #1
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: YA Paranormal
Summary (from Goodreads)
Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
What’s Good About It
It’s been a while since a book kept me up until the small hours of the morning. Granted, they don’t get many opportunities to, as it only ever happens when the Boyfriend is out or away for the night, but there have been a few occasions lately where the chance has been there, but I spent the time doing the normal thing and sleeping instead.
Mara Dyer hooked me from the first chapter and wouldn’t let go. It was the sort of book that demanded I kept reading until I literally couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore, then sleep the minimum required time before getting back to reading again. I finished it in an evening and a morning, bent double sat in a camping chair while waiting for something to soak in the new house. I snatched pages in between – while waiting for the bathroom, while waiting for my toast – like some sort of drug addict seeking a hit whenever no one is looking.
The prose is beautiful, the characters interesting and well realised. The whole premise was fascinating, especially when it became quite clear this wasn’t a contemporary with paranormal overtures.
I’ve hesitantly put the genre here as YA Paranormal, but there are definite moments of horror creeping into the narrative. It’s unnerving in places – the shaky world Mara exists in, where reality and and unreality have had the edges blurred by hallucinations, is a frighting one, and it’s discomfiting how you are never sure if what Mara experiences is real or not.
An eerie read that will have you questioning such concepts as ‘sanity’, and will leave you a little too spooked to have a bath late at night for a while. Can’t wait for book number two!
What’s Not So Good
Well, I wasn’t expecting it to be the first in a series (don’t know where I got that impression) so it was a little disappointing when it wasn’t a complete story… but on the other hand there will be another book or two, so yay!
Oh! and the prologue was an annoying waste of time. It gave away a bit too much, I thought. I would have preferred not to have it.