Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Review - The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) by Michelle Hodkin

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2)Title: The Evolution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Pages: 544
Published: October 23rd 2012 by Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781442421790
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

Description: Mara Dyer knows she isn't crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind, and that Noah can heal with his. Mara also knows that somehow, Jude is not a hallucination. He is alive. Unfortunately, convincing her family and doctors that she's not unstable and doesn't need to be hospitalized isn't easy. The only person who actually believes her is Noah. But being with Noah is dangerous and Mara is in constant fear that she might hurt him. She needs to learn how to control her power, and fast! Together, Mara and Noah must try and figure out exactly how Jude survived when the asylum collapsed, and how he knows so much about her strange ability...before anyone else ends up dead! 

 I Give This ...

The first book really captured my attention.  Mara Dyer is an extraordinary character.  Not only does she possess a special ability that seems really hard to describe, but she's believe to be slightly mentally unstable.  A fact that I was never really sure on...Is she crazy or not?  The funny thing is, even after this book I'm not entirely sure what the answer is.

Mara has a hard time convincing those around her that she isn't crazy.  Her reactions to events tend to bring unwanted to attention.  Those around her don't understand what is happening to her and I fully understand how it can make her come across as crazy.  I often wondered if she had convinced herself that some of the things going on around her were actually happening.   I think the thing that I found most interesting is that she's so focused on finding Jude that she never stops to think about how she is coming across to others.   She has to realize that the just because she thinks she's telling her family and her doctors what they want to hear, does not mean that is what they are getting out of the conversations.  To me, she really just came across as more crazy.  

The events of this book are intense.  As often as Mara is in the custody of psychiatrists, hospitals, or under house arrest, you would think very little could manage to happen.  But Noah has the uncanny ability to infiltrate were ever she goes.   It's no surprise that his access to unlimited money can open doors.  What's also amazing is that Jude has the same kind of access but completely untraceable.   The fact that he's off the radar made wonder if she was really hallucinating everything she thought he was doing.

There are a few hints and the powers the Mara and Noah both have.  I'm curious as to what the connection is between all of them.  I'm sure there's something there.  The ending was also a complete cliffhanger.  That can't be how it actually ends...really.   Please tell me we will learn otherwise in the next book!


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