The conclusion to the Mara Dyer trilogy had lots of retribution

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Author: Michelle Hodkin

Genre: paranormal/thriller

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.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

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., 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.

Only problem?

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.

You’re welcome.

Rating: 4/5 Wonderkitties


6 thoughts on “The conclusion to the Mara Dyer trilogy had lots of retribution

  1. I will be sure to look it up. Also, I finished reading Since You’ve Been Gone before I read this blog post. Great book, great post! Happy New Year’s Eve/New Year, depending on when you read this. Have an excellent day!

  2. HAHA. Oh gosh, that gif is perfect! Well, at least the title lives up to its contents, right? I’m actually really looking forward to reading this one! The first one was very “meh” for me, the second a lot better, so I’m hoping that this will be an even further improvement. As for Mara… I can’t say I never really liked her. She was a little… disturbing, you know? And it sounds like she gets even more so in this one. xD Still, I can’t wait to see what this book has the offer. 🙂

  3. I think it’s all her scientific sprinklings that left behind footprints and that’s the only way I pieced together the ending before hand. They were so subtle but definitely ingenious. I LOVED IT. I knew the ending would be off-putting for many but hey, I’m glad that you loved the series overall YAYY! And that was such a Mara gif!

  4. I’ve been hearing a lot about this trilogy, and I’m not sure what to think of it. It sounds interesting, that’s for sure! And this Mara… she’s scaring me already. BUT. I might end up reading them, hehe. 🙂

  5. I’ve always had mixed feelings when it comes to Mara…one moment I’m absolutely in love with her and the second she scares the absolute shit out of me. This book has long been waiting on my shelf and I guess its next in line for the throne of currently reading. I’m glad there are plot twists, exactly what I was expecting, but I’ll make sure not to set my expectations high for the end. Thanks for the warning, and lovely review 🙂

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