Title- The Evolution of Mara Dyer.
Author- Michelle Hodkin.
Publish date- 2012 (US) 2013 (AU)
Publisher- Simon and Schuster.
*Review of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer*
*Review may contain spoilers to the previous book/s in the series*
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She used to think her problems were all in her head.
They aren’t.She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.
What I thought:
I was not breathing during this book- it would be slightly more usual to say something like, "During the last fifty pages" or anything slightly less than the 520ish pages of this book, but really? I only took a breath after I finished it yesterday and then I steeled myself against any sobbing that I felt was going to reasonably happen- it didn't help that I had had a terrible heartbreak at the hands of the worst christmas special ever earlier, but I was almost finished twenty pages from the end because it was so scream-worthy. In a really tense and in the end goodish way.
I loved it.
French the Llama I loved it so much. Why is the last book not published? Because it needs to be. Seriously- you thought The Unbecoming had a cliffhanger ending... think again. Just don't pick this up until a month before the finale is published, because you will almost certainly not thank yourself.
"They lie, you know. It's not easier to ask forgiveness. Not even a little."
The Evolution is a lot, and I mean a lot, more creepy than The Unbecoming, and I don't go for creepy- I'm paranoid enough as it is without having to read/watch/hear of spooky happenings that will just make me really uncomfortable, but though this definitely had be on the edge of my seat for a long time (who am I kidding, it was really the entire book) but there was only a brief period in which I got a little uncomfortable and thought of just reading the last few pages to make sure the creepiness was explained before continuing. I considered it, but I didn't do it.
It's creepy and spooky and the only book of it's kind that I would read, I have little doubt, but it's excellent and though I would not recommend it for anyone under the age of 15/16, it wasn't really that scary, more unsettling and not for long.
Take all the wonderfulness from The Unbecoming, I would say, and double it once or twice. You've got The Evolution- a new book with a new plot and some new characters and a beautiful cover.
They grow and they change and they have such brilliant dialouge and I think Mara Dyer and I should be friends, and this is because she is so awesome.
Also, Noah and Mara and still excellent. They're sailing their own ship.
"In spite of everything I loved you, and will go on loving you."
(Also, the swearing in this book was about nine times less than in The Unbecoming- I think there were only five times I read major curses, and as that was something I disliked about The Unbecoming, I'm really glad.)
I gave this about a gazillion stars but had to lower it to five.