The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
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.
*Warning: I doubt that I can write this review without spoilers. And there will almost definitely be spoilers for the first book.
This is the second book in the Mara Dyer series/trilogy/chronicles, and it follows a huge cliffhanger/plot twist from the first book. If you haven’t read the first book, I encourage you to and then come back and read this review. Also, this review may get taken over by my love for Noah at some point.
Pretty cover! It’s so lovely. And it’s actually got some relevance to the story if you think about it. Unless you haven’t read the book and so it won’t mean anything. I also love the colours of the whole piece and the way it’s framed and it’s so perfect! It suits this book so well.
The plot of this book was mind blowing. It didn’t slow down for a moment, and it was full of an insane amount of plot twists. Seriously. But even though there was so much going on, it wasn’t too much. It’s surprisingly hard to write this review without spoilers, and so I cannot elaborate too much on the plot. One really good thing about this book was the return of a character who left pretty early in the first book. That was certainly a high point of the book. The climax of the book was definitely the best part, with plenty of plot twists going on even then, and the ending was a brilliant cliffhanger.
I adore the majority of the characters in the Mara Dyer series. Mara herself is a very strong character who wants to do things herself, but is also ready to accept help from Noah and her family. As the heroine of the book, she’s very likeable, and I felt awful for her in half the situations she ended up in. The other half were Noah-related so I totally envied her there. Speaking of Noah, he is perfect. The thing about Noah’s character is that, even though he doesn’t seem like a particularly nice guy at the beginning of the series, you grow to love him. And in this book you really see how he needs Mara and she needs him. He’s always there for her, and he’s pretty much always ready to drop everything and help her out. I mean, he goes to the extremes to help her out. And he has such a back story too, it was so sad! And now, with the ending of that book, I don’t know what to think. I’m not sure I can cope much longer without the next book.
Anyway, Noah and Mara aren’t the only characters, and I personally love Mara’s siblings, Daniel and Joseph. Daniel is brilliant. His brotherly love for Mara is wonderful and there’s one moment when he’s talking about her in front of the other people that almost made me cry because it’s so obvious how much he cares for his younger sister and doesn’t want to see her get hurt. And Joseph is the perfect younger brother. He’s just so sweet and adorable, and comes out with the best lines all the time in this book. There are two other characters that I also adore:- Jamie and Stella. Jamie was in the first book for a while, before he was expelled from the school. He was such a friendly guy and I’d missed him in Unbecoming, so seeing him again was lovely. He’s the classic class clown of the book but also has a deeper side and reasons behind his actions (like his hatred towards Noah.) I wasn’t sure about Stella, a new character in Evolution, to begin with but I warmed to her, and her character is lovely. It’s much simpler than the majority of the other characters except there’s still a past and secrets, and discovering those were pretty cool.
The Little Things
One thing this book is really good at is being creepy. And Michelle Hodkin managed that so well yet again. The main plot line was about the fact that Jude was back, and him being a very creepy guy anyway meant that the everything got really sinister. There are so many ways this book got eerie*, like the addition of a character at group (who’s name I can’t remember and I feel awful), and the whole big plot twist towards the end where some more things are discovered. Generally, this book just goes straight for the ominous vibe.
One other thing I wanted to mention was Mara’s birthday. Well, belated birthday. If you’ve read the book you’ll know exactly what I mean. If not, this scene is so perfect and pretty. Go and read it!
I personally loved this book, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants creepy/sinister happenings with a bit of romance and an occasional scene of happiness.
*I started using a thesaurus at this point for words such as sinister/eerie/ominous because I was fed up of using creepy.