Author: Michelle Hodkin
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Source: received for review – thanks, Simon and Schuster!
Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.
Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived.
This trilogy has surprised me all the way through. I don’t know what to think.
I’m, I’m kind 0f lost for words right now. I just. Hmm. This is going to be an interesting review, isn’t it?
Let’s start with Mara.
So just in case you’re unaware (and, hello, her name’s in the title), Mara is our main character. She changes a WHOLE lot during this trilogy and sometimes I felt alienated from her. That wasn’t necessarily in a bad way, but I felt like the changes in her personality needed more explanation.
Basically? She scared the shit out of me.
BUT it was in a different way to the second book. The second book was creepy because of external things. This book was terrifying because of Mara herself, and the way we’re essentially reading a villain’s point of view.
There is a lot of blood. And retribution. Thank goodness it wasn’t detailed or I probably would have thrown up. But Mara becomes quite a violent person and some of her choices are…questionable to say the least.
I liked the complexity of Mara’s character, though. In fact I love the complexity of the entire series, which brings me to my second point.
There’s a lot of Freudian/psychological/scientific/philosophical crap going on.
Okay, I didn’t understand nothing. I understood some things. For example, I understood that a LOT of thought went into the creation of the biological/genetic/psychological aspects of this book, and Michelle Hodkin has clearly done her research thoroughly. If I were to read it again, I’m sure I would be amazed at how the pieces fit together.
Unfortunately it was a while in between reading the first two and the third, so it didn’t quite have the desired effect.
But anyway, I loved those psychological things best, despite not quite understanding them. I’ve always been fascinated with the dynamics of villains and heroes, and the grey area between them – this series delves right into that grey area. Sure, it’s uncomfortable sometimes, but it made me think. Sometimes you don’t want to think while you’re reading, but in this case, it had my brain whirring.
It’s not quite like any other book.
If you’re looking for a book that does the OPPOSITE of condescending to teenagers, this is your book. I’m constantly blown away by how it’s not like ANY other YA book out there.
I know, I know, every book’s original, yadda yadda, but there are varying degrees of originality, and this one tops them all.
I don’t know. I guess because of the many (MANY) plot twists in this book, I was hoping for an ending that totally blew everything out of the water. An ending that I would NEVER have guessed and that changed everything.
Unfortunately that wasn’t what I got, and I’ve got to admit it was disappointing. It was nice enough, I guess, but there were no risks in it. And I guess that’s a risk in itself, but…yeah. It wasn’t an ending I personally enjoyed.
And obviously Michelle Hodkin isn’t going to be able to please everyone, so it’s not the book, it’s me.
Oh, and by the way? I found the perfect gif for Mara.