Title- The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3)
Author- Michelle Hodkin.
Publish date- November 2014.
Publisher- Simon and Schuster.
*Okay, it contains spoilers for the other two books. Let that be said*
(A Brief) Synopsis:
Mara Dyer has to face it all, now, and don't for a moment think that "all" doesn't include herself. Mara, the girl with the powers and anger, is out for revenge. She is hurt and she is angry and she won't let anyone off easily.
Thank you to Simon and Schuster for this review copy!
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What I thought:
I opened The Retribution, the final book in the Mara Dyer trilogy, a book I have been anxious for for over a year, and I was in. That's how easy it is and has always been for me with these books. But then something strange happened. The level of creepy went up from general Mara Dyer to atrually making me physically uncomfortable/disgusted, and the story wasn't actually all that fantastic. This could have something to do with the lack of Noah, since I'm pretty sure he and Mara make the books for me, so without him it wasn't nearly so enjoyable or wonderful, and I also realised that, after reading a little over 50 pages on the first day and having a night terror, I would have to get through it right quick. What proceeded on day two is, I believe, something I've never done before. 420 pages in a single day. I did finish it, though, and luckily only had the one bad dream, but... well, I dondered if I'd get through it at all. The violence was stepped up 5 levels from what I remembered, and it wasn't something that I enjoyed at all, was happy reading or anything. I felt like it was wildly different from what I'd taken to in the first two books.
I liked Mara Less. I understood her less. I followed the story to the darkness and the corners of her with less joy and enthusiasm. She channged in more ways than the characters themselves realised, and my gosh, there was a lot of killing (mostly brutal) for a YA book.
I can read the book very quickly, the same was with the other two, I think, but I never really liked where the story was going, even if at times I enjoyed it (way to make sense, Romi), but the end was good. The end made it partly worthwhile, and although I am skeptical at the ease with which things were tidied up and other things panned out (the whole book was an unexpected and slightly bizarre twist), and I didn't think it sat all that securely, I quite liked the last little bit, for what it was worth.
Rating: Whatever comes between Poor and Oh nooo...
Scary and surprising and, literally, nightmarish, the essence of Mara Dyer was lost to me until the very end, where it came back in an odd, confusing rush. Truly Mara and Noah make the book. One without the other is just not the same.