The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin


I waited almost two years for this damn book, so I was pretty nervous/excited/terrified about how one of the most unique and creepy series I had ever read, a series that had come to be one of my favorites, was going to end. I had very few predictions because anyone who knows me personally, knows that I am terrible at predicting what will happen in any book or movie. But I was eager and worried; I had high expectations. And thank Elvis! I was not disappointed.

Mara wants answers, and in this final book, she refuses to just lie back and let anything happen to her that she doesn't want. She's taking her fate into her own hands. After she's able to escape from the facility, Mara, along with Stella and Jamie, need to find Noah, and find out why they were experimented on. And what they find is more than they could have ever imagined; a curse that spans generations, and genes that could rule or destroy the world.

There were so many things I liked about this book, too many to name them all, some that I can't even pinpoint, but I will name a few. I loved that Jamie was one of the main characters in this book. I enjoyed his humor and spark in Evolution, and he just continued to be hilarious and awesome in this one. He was the the comic relief that was greatly needed in this paranormal shit-show series. And I mean that in the nicest way possible. I also loved that Daniel was included more. He had a few important scenes in the other novels, but he was really part of the action in the one, and I really enjoyed it.

And though I love Noah to death, it was nice so see Mara without him for a while. Because this novel, though it is a love story, is about Mara and her manifestation. So it was nice to take a break from the romance and focus on her. And trust me, that is not a sentence I say often. I love love stories like Garfield loves lasagna. But this break was needed.

I loved the way this whole story panned out--who the villain was, and the research they did. Like I said, I had zero predictions, so everything that happened dropped my jaw and terrified me.

However, I thought it would end more tragically than it did. After the climax occurred, there was still 60+ pages left in the novel, and I read all of them chewing on my nails, my entire body tense. I just knew something bad was going to happen. But it never did. And I'm both happy and surprised by that. I'm glad it was relatively happy, but I also wanted someone to die; I know that sounds terrible, but this is the kind of series that thrives on death--because there is a lot of it. But none of the main characters died, and I found that curious.

In the end, I couldn't have been happier with this conclusion to this beloved series. It was sexy, funny, dark, terrifying and magnificent. I will read everything Michelle Hodkin writes. She has a way with characters and dialogue that very few authors can compete with.

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