Title: The Evolution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #2
Genre: YA Paranormal
Summary (from Goodreads)
Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She used to think her problems were all in her head.
She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.
In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?
It was with a heavy dose of uncertainty that I picked this up. On the one hand, I loved The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and couldn’t wait to get started with the sequel. On the other, I’ve read a lot of YA second instalments lately that have fallen so far from the mark of the first book that I was almost anticipating disappointment.
I shouldn’t have worried.
Hodkin returns with her heady blend of romance, psychological horror and mystery that enthralled me the first time. Stakes are raised and poor Mara finds herself in the awful position where even her close family don’t believe her. No one does. Except for Noah.
I like the relationship between Mara and Noah. I’ve seen some reviewers criticise them of being ‘dangerously co-dependent’ but wouldn’t you be in that situation? No one believing in the truth except that one person would be enough to make me dangerously co-dependent on them. But Mara doesn’t give up everything to be with Noah – she needs him, sure, but her family is so important to her too, and when left in the impossible position of having none of her family think she’s sane she tries her hardest to persuade them otherwise.
At its heart, this is a story about a teenaged girl fighting to be normal – something I think all teenagers do, to different levels of success. It’s just being teenaged taken through to a horrific, frightening level, and I think that’s why it’s so eerie and chilling to read: it plays right into a bunch of fears we can all remember having. We might not have strange powers, but I doubt there are many people out there who don’t know the isolation and loneliness of being ‘different.’
Evolution delivers just enough answers to leave you satisfied, but waiting for the next one. (October? That’s just mean!) And it’s one of the best books I’ve read so far this year.