The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer Trilogy Series #2)by Michelle Hodkin
Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She used to think her problems were all in her head.
The truth about Mara Dyer’s dangerous and mysterious abilities continues to unravel in the New York Times bestselling sequel to the thrilling The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.
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.
In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?
"Haunting and dreamlike, the intrigue and romance of Mara Dyer will inescapably draw you in." --Cassandra Clare, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series
"The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer strikes a rare balance of darkly funny, deliciously creepy and genuinely thoughtful. One minute I was laughing out loud, and the next, I was so scared I wanted to turn on all the lights and hide under the covers. Michelle Hodkin's talent and range are obvious, from her chilling descriptions to romantic scenes that almost crackled on the page. I've never read anything quite like it."--Veronica Roth, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Divergent
"A clever, captivating thriller, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is perfect for those (like me) who like their heroes dark, their heroines dangerous, and their romances seriously twisted."
--Kirsten Miller, New York Times bestselling author of The Eternal Ones
"WOW. Michelle Hodkin's debut will keep you guessing until the last page--and long after."
--Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of Across the Unviverse
"As spooky and twisty as it is lyrical and beautiful, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Read this one with the lights on."
--Rachel Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author of Demonglass
Reviews of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer:
There are echoes of Stephen King's classic Carrie in this young-adult series kickoff...Hodkin's transitions from the mundane to hallucinated horror are unexpected, seamless and creepy, packing the same sort of cinematic punch as scenes from The Blair Witch Project....Discerning the truth is just part of the pleasure of reading the delightfully bent reality in The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.
--Los Angeles Times
"It's the story of a girl trying to piece together what happened the night she, her best friend, her boyfriend and his sister spent the night in an abandoned asylum and only she survived, unscathed but traumatized...And it's the story of a girl falling in love...Be careful, 'cause you'll fall right along with her."
--MTV's Hollywood Crush
"Hodkin's debut is witty and thought-provoking and will have readers captivated until the very end. It takes readers through constant chaos, wonder, and bewilderment...The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer will satisfy mystery lovers, dark fantasy seekers, horror believers, and readers who have a knack for romance."
"Anyone who thinks old-fashioned romantic scenes can’t move teens today will be proven wrong here. This boy will make readers swoon. The characters are real and wonderful, and the supernatural story is riveting. Expect this book to fly off the shelves."
--School Library Journal
"Creepy, haunting, addictive and surprisingly romantic, Mara’s story is beautiful and complex...Hodkin has elevated the teenage paranormal romance into something completely her own."
"First-time author Hodkin has paired a steamy romance with a paranormal mystery that will cause teen readers whiplash as they jerk from one plot twist to another."
"A strong, inventive tale."
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The Evolution of Mara Dyer
LILLIAN AND ALFRED RICE
I WOKE UP ON THE MORNING OF SOME DAY IN SOME hospital to find a stranger sitting in my room.
I sat up gingerly—my shoulder was sore—and studied the stranger. She had dark brown hair that bled into gray at the roots, and hazel eyes with webs of crow’s feet at the corners. She smiled at me, and her whole face moved.
“Good morning, Mara,” she said.
“Good morning,” I said back. My voice was low and hoarse. It didn’t sound like my own.
“Do you know where you are?”
She obviously didn’t realize that the floor directory was positioned directly outside the window behind her, and that from the bed, I had a clear view. “I’m at the Lillian and Alfred Rice Psychiatric Unit.” Apparently.
“Do you know who I am?”
I had no idea, but I tried not to show it; she wouldn’t have asked me if we’d never met, and if we had met, I should remember her. “Yes,” I lied.
“What’s my name?”
Damn. My chest rose and fell quickly with my breath.
“I’m Dr. West,” she said evenly. Her voice was warm and friendly but not at all familiar. “We met yesterday, when you were brought in by your parents and a detective by the name of Vincent Gadsen.”
“Do you remember?”
I remembered seeing my father lying pale and wounded in a hospital bed after he was shot by the mother of a murdered girl.
I remembered that I was the one who made her do it.
I remembered going to the police station to confess to stealing my teacher’s EpiPen and releasing fire ants in her desk, which is why she died of anaphylactic shock.
I remembered that it wasn’t true—just a lie I would feed the police so they would keep me from hurting anyone I loved again. Because they wouldn’t believe I wished my teacher dead and that not long after, she died. Choked to death on a swollen tongue, exactly the way I imagined she would.
I remembered that before I could tell anyone any of this, I saw Jude at the Thirteenth Precinct of the Metro Dade Police Department. Looking very much alive.
But I did not remember coming here to the hospital. I didn’t remember being brought. After Jude appeared, I remembered nothing else.
“You were admitted yesterday afternoon,” the stranger—Dr. West—said. “The detective called your parents when they couldn’t get you to stop screaming.”
I closed my eyes and saw Jude’s face as he walked by me. Brushed past me. Smiled. The memory stained the backs of my eyelids, and I opened them quickly, just to see something else.
“You told them that your boyfriend, Jude Lowe, who you thought died in a building collapse in December, is alive.”
“Ex,” I said quietly, fighting to stay calm.
Dr. West tilted her head slightly and employed her carefully neutral psychologist expression, one I recognized well since I’d seen it often on my psychologist mother. Particularly in the past few months.
“You said that you caused the abandoned asylum in Rhode Island to collapse, crushing your best friend, Rachel, and Jude’s sister, Claire, inside. You said Jude sexually assaulted you, which is why you tried to kill him. And you said he survived. You said he’s here.”
She was perfectly calm as she spoke, which magnified my panic. Those words in her mouth sounded crazy, even though they were true. And if Dr. West knew, then so did—
“Your mother brought you here for an evaluation.”
My mother. My family. They would have heard the truth too, even though I hadn’t planned to tell it. Even though I didn’t remember telling it.
And this was where it got me.
“We didn’t begin yesterday because you were sedated.”
My fingers wandered up my arm, beneath the short sleeve of my white T-shirt. There was a Band-Aid on my skin, covering what must have been the injection site.
“Where is she?” I asked, picking at the Band-Aid.
“Where is who?”
“My mother.” My eyes scanned the hallway through the glass, but I didn’t see her. The hall looked empty. If I could just talk to her, maybe I could explain.
“She’s not here.”
That didn’t sound like my mother. She didn’t leave my side once when I was admitted to the hospital after the asylum collapsed. I told Dr. West as much.
“Would you like to see her?”
“Okay, we can see if we can work that out later.”
Her tone made it sound like that would be a treat for good behavior, and I didn’t like it. I swung my legs over the bed and stood up. I was wearing drawstring pants, not the jeans I last remembered myself in. My mother must have brought them from home. Someone must have changed me. I swallowed hard. “I think I want to see her now.”
Dr. West stood up as well. “Mara, she isn’t here.”
“Then I’ll go find her,” I said, and started looking for my Chucks. I crouched to look under the bed, but they weren’t there.
“Where are my shoes?” I asked, still crouched.
“We had to take them.”
I rose then, and faced her. “Why?”
“They had laces.”
My eyes narrowed. “So?”
“You were brought here because your mother thought you may be a danger to yourself and others.”
“I really need to talk to her,” I said then, struggling to keep my voice even. I bit down hard on my bottom lip.
“You’ll be able to.”
“Well, I’d like you to speak with someone first, and have a doctor come in, just to make sure you’re—”
“And if I don’t want to?”
Dr. West just looked at me. Her expression was sad.
My throat wanted to close. “You can’t keep me here unless I consent,” I managed to say. I knew that much, at least. I was a lawyer’s daughter and I was seventeen years old. They couldn’t keep me here unless I wanted to be kept. Unless—
“You were screaming and hysterical and you slipped. When one of our nurses tried to help you up, you punched her.”
“It became an emergency situation, so under the Baker Act, your parents were able to consent for you.”
I whispered so I wouldn’t scream. “What are you saying?”
“I’m sorry, but you’ve been involuntarily committed.”
Meet the Author
Michelle Hodkin grew up in Florida, went to college in New York, and studied law in Michigan. She is the author of the Mara Dyer trilogy, including The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and The Retribution of Mara Dyer. Visit her online at MichelleHodkin.com.
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Mara Amitra Dyer (MAD) and Noah Elliot Simon Shaw (NESS) - MADNESS
The Evolution of Mara Dyer continues immediately after The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. It opens up with a recap of the last scene in the Unbecoming, the scene in the Police Department. Warning: The Evolution jumps into the the deep end, and it's very dark. While the Unbecoming of Mara, dabbled, stayed in the shallow end, concerning the darkness, the Evolution of Mara Dyer is unmistakably dark. In the continuation of "Mara Dyer's" story, she begins to grow and evolve, hence the title. Mara Dyer doesn't want to be a victim, she want's to find out, why are all these things happening to her, and she wants to solve the major problems in her life. Mainly Jude, the uncertainty of her relationship with Noah, trying to find out about her past, and most importantly learn more about her powers. Except almost no one believes her, and they think she's crazy -- certifiable. After the first read, I almost felt like I had been had by Michelle Hodkin. It wasn't until the second read that I realized, that she is a genius. The Evolution of Mara Dyer takes you on a crazy, thrilling journey. It's one of those books that you can't get enough. I'm already desperately, and impatiently waiting for the final installment, which is about a year away. My favorite moment is all the Noah & Mara scenes. Hodkin just got it unbelievably right. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's romantic and sweet, sometimes it's heartbreakingly sad. The Noah and Mara dynamic is the driving force of the novel, their relationship is one of my favorite fictional relationships of all time. The Evolution makes you feel it all. I felt such sadness, disbelief, and anger, but I also laughed and felt such joy and happiness, and envy. This is one series that would do you such a disserve to skip. You need The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and the Evolution of Mara Dyer in your life. Promise.
Oh. My. Word. The unfortunate byproduct of being a high school senior is that I don't have much time to read. Not as much as I used to, anyway. Before, I was able to finish a book in less than a week, and now, quite frankly, I'm lucky if I make it through half of the book in that time. This book took me three days to finish. Three days. THREE DAYS. Insanity. I don't even remember the last time I finished a book so quickly. This book was an addiction. It's fast-paced and full of creepiness, revelations, and sexy times with Noah, and if you think you can just stop after one chapter, you are lying to yourself. The stakes, suspense, and mystery are all elevated in Evolution. More than ever, you see Mara's sanity being put in question, to the point where she doesn't even know whether or not she's experiencing reality or a delusion. Reading this story was akin to playing a mind game Half the time I was trying to figure out who to believe, what the truth really was, and the other half, I was questioning everything I thought. Unlike many YA books, Evolution really included Mara's family into what was going on. Her parents aren't absentees or idle spectators. They see their daughter in trouble and they act. And don't even get me started on the sibling relationship in the Dyer family because I won't be able to stop gushing! Mara's relationship with her brothers, Daniel especially, was just incredibly realistic and SO sweet. It definitely made me wish I had an older brother like Daniel. My favorite part of this book, though, was seeing more of Mara and Noah's relationship. At the beginning of the series, it seemed like the only thing really tying the two of them together was their inexplicable abilities. In this book, however, it becomes so much more apparent that these two are perfect for each other! I think it's safe to say that they are both quite screwed up as a result of their respective powers, but when they're together, they make each other better (which sounds cheesy, I know, but there's really no way to describe it!) They keep each other grounded when everything around them is questionable. I especially enjoyed seeing more of Noah's character. He wasn't exactly a flat character in Unbecoming, but I definitely didn't get to know him as much as I wanted to. Evolution did a great job of showing me more of Noah Elliot Simon Shaw and I loved it. Eep. Help. I'm swooning. .... In Unbecoming, I was full of questions, wondering just what the heck Mara was and how it was possible that she could do the things she did. In Evolution, it feels like Michelle Hodkin is finally letting you in on the big secret.... but it's all a big. Fat. Lie!!! It's like she's dangling this delicious-looking carrot of truth in front of you, making you read page after page after page, but in the end, all you are left with is a blown mind and more questions. Oh, and frustration. Heaps of that. Well played Ms. Hodkin, well played.
I wasn't sure how it could be possible, but The Evolution of Mara Dyer was even more intese and twisted than The Unbecoming. Before reading: Huh, my book is signed with, "Who will you believe?" Interesting. Well I guess I'll go with Michelle Hodkin. After reading: NO ONE. I BELIEVE NO ONE. EXCEPT NOAH SHAW. I WILL BELIEVE EVERYTHING HE SAYS. The Evolution goes into Mara's family history as well as Noah's. I would think that I would be able to make some theories from that, but nope. Fret not people, even though new information was tossed in, there were a lot of questions answered from The Unbecoming. I never looked at anything the same through out this book. One moment I would feel like I was finally putting the story together, but then I would turn the page and all of my theories would get burned. There were so many when I was wondering what just happened. At first I would try to make some sense out of it, but after a while I just rolled with it. Kind of. I started categorizing my reactions to those moments into the "my life after finishing" list. My Life After Finishing The Evolution of Mara Dyer: Day 1: Maybe I'll just leave my lamp on tonight. Day 2: I'll just turn ALL the lights on in my house. Day 3: Maybe I should just not clear the fog from my mirror after taking a shower. Day 4: SUPER PARANOID. NOBODY TOUCH ME. Day 5: Has brother stand next to me while I brush my teeth. One of the many things I loved about this book was Mara Dyer and Noah Shaw. They just work. It is how it is. They will forever be one of my favorite couples. I loved every moment of The Evolution of Mara Dyer. Even though Mara Dyer is the reason I can't look into the mirror after I take a shower, I will read anything by Michelle Hodkin.
Oh. My. God. Wow. I am officially obsessed with this series! I had gotten The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer and finished it in 5 days because of exams. Btw I usually finish a book in like two weeks more. So I obviously had to go and get the second book the same day I finished the first which was three days ago. I finished The Evolution Of Mara Dyer. Yesterday. Haha like I said completely obsessed or Possessed...... Anyway, Ii really CANNOT wait for October 22, 2013 :D
I am currently obsessed about this book. It has unexpecting twists and it will enchant you with everything that happens. Theres Mara's issues with her and Noah, a supposedly dead ex-boyfriend, new people who you dont kno you can trust, and theres a connection between Mara's grandmother and her, but whats the connection? This book will leave you thinking about lives and hoping none of the lives will be taken. The pages will suck you in and wont let go until you are done reading, but even then you'll be going back to some parts. I just got this book yesterday and I'm already done. You better enjoy the book while it lasts cause trust me, you'll speed through it trying to see what will happen. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is 12 or older.
Is it worth the money?
Aaaaahhh cant wait to read the third Mara Dyer has my hear on the verge of an attack! this book goes a little deeper, winds a bit more crazy. this trilogy is a definately must read for all YA readers.
Going into the first book, I didn't know what to expect but these series takes you on a ride. I love how the books have gotten me engaged in the sense that I was constantly asking is the main character crazy, is there something weird going on and I started to form my own theories about what was happening. The ONLY reason that's stopping me from giving these books 5 stars is that its a very slow developing series. Even 100 pages into the second book, the main characters are still questioning what's happening and the pace is kind of frustrating. Other than that, these books are entertaining with a lot of plot twists. Can't wait for the third book!
Oh My Goodness THIS BOOK WAS FREAKING AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! Creepiest book I've ever read, yes, but amazing. Michelle Hodkin is one of the most talented authors I've ever read. Her ability to capture my attention so quickly was amazing I literally could not put this book down. Its perfect because it has relationships but not enough to overbear the original story which I hate (cough Mortal Instruments cough) I recommend this to anyone who likes books. Period. If you don't read this book you're missing out on something amazing.
This book was PERFECTION. This novel will make you feel so many emotions. The plot is twisted and theres still so much more tofind out. I CAN NOT wait for the third book! Just perfect, no other wordd. Im in love with the Mara Dyer trilogy.
This book is original and detailed. It is like nothing I have read before. I it my favorite book and I tell my friends about it. They say that they think it sounds great. If you think it sounds great then let me tell you, Michelle Hodkin can write a story. A story that is mysterious and dark. A story that is bizarre and funny. Where characters aren't just characters. They are your friends. They are really there. Maybe not physiclly, but that is how great of a writer Hodkin is.
The Evolution of Mara Dyer was one of the best books I've read all year. The ARC has been sitting on my Kindle for awhile, waiting to be read, but between midterms, the GRE, and graduate school applications, I haven't had time to read it. I was missing out, but this book was definitely worth the wait. As most of you know, I wasn't a huge fan of the firs Mara Dyer book, but this novel was much better than the first. This is one story you do not want to miss. I'd recommend The Evolution of Mara Dyer to both fans of the first book and to people like me, who weren't completely sold on the first installment. Mara has always been a fascinating character, but she really came into her own in this novel. I felt like I got to know her much better, and she grew a lot as a character. I now respect her and feel that she does the best she can with what she has to work with. She's not a narrator that's easily trusted, but that makes the novel that much more interesting. I really enjoyed seeing things from her point of view this time around. Noah completely won me over in this book. I absolutely adore him! He's tortured, but not angsty. He's strong and intelligent, and he went to great lengths for Mara. He's just a terrific hero. We also got to know the supporting characters a little bit better this time around, but I still would have liked to learn more about Jamie. He's incredibly interesting. Also, I enjoyed getting to know Daniel better. I would have liked to have seen more of Joseph, but maybe we'll get that in the next novel. The characters seemed, for the most part, well-developed and realistic. The plot was a bit confusing and had a million twists and turns that kept me guessing. Instead of feeling frustrated and lost, like I did with the first Mara Dyer book, I felt intrigued. I couldn't put this book down! I'm not sure if Hodkin changed how she wrote things or if I have just changed as a reader. Either way, I thoroughly enjoyed the non-stop mystery/action/suspense. It ended on another cliffhanger, which I hate, but that's okay. I don't feel like I read this entire book without a purpose. The story moved forward, and I can't wait to see what happens next. Overall, I'd recommend this book to anyone who has read the first Mara Dyer book. If you haven't read the first one, then you'll be lost when you pick this one up. So I suggest everyone go out and buy the first and/or second installment(s) and enter this disturbing world. You won't be sorry.
Hodkin has, once again, written an epic novel chronicling the strange life of Mara Dyer, and I loved every minute of it. Picking up where the first novel in the series left off with its wicked cliffhanger, Hodkin continues Mara’s journey toward the truth in this middle book, which, in my opinion, is always the hardest book in a series to write. Yet, Hodkin keeps the action, suspense, and intrigue continuously going as this novel evolves and we learn more about Mara’s strange abilities. I have to admit, part of me wondered if Mara was truly psychotic, as her parents and doctors seemed to think. And, even though the synopsis states that she isn’t, necessarily, I was thinking that, at any minute, Hodkin might pull the rug out from under her readers and show just how much of an unreliable narrator Mara really is; but that’s not so, which the reader quickly learns when certain life threatening events begin to enfold. What I really enjoyed about this novel is the uncertainly of it all. You want to hate Mara’s parents for putting her through psychological evaluations and refusing to listen, but at the same time, they have a point… I wouldn’t listen either. You want to smack Noah around for being distant when Mara needs him so much, but if I were uncovering strange and potentially dangerous information that could set her on edge, I’d probably be distant, too. And, is Jude really back? According to Mara he is, and Noah says he believes her, but it’s not until the death-defying end of this epic read that we learn the truth. Can we say conspiracy theory? I’ll just leave it at that. And, so… Noah? He’s my boy. I almost wish I was in Mara’s shoes so I could have him all to myself, but then again, I value my freedom, so Noah will just be my imaginary, swoon worthy, heroic book boyfriend. He is a truly good character, well rounded, caring, compassionate, and able to care for Mara in ways others are not. And I love him. I do. While I honestly loved this novel to pieces, and didn’t want to put it down for an instant, I found that I needed to, after the first few chapters, because I needed a refresher on all the people and circumstances surrounding Mara. It’s been over a year since I first read (and fell in love with) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, so I cracked it back open and re-read the last few chapters again, as a refresher. I really needed this because Hodkin doesn’t actually give the readers the “information dumping” from the first novel that we’ve become so accustomed to in most sequels. I actually really liked that there wasn’t a lot of “information dumping,” as it were, because I generally remember and know exactly what happened in previous novels without it, but this time, I really needed it. So, if you haven’t read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer in quite a while, I suggest refreshing your memory with a re-read, or skim, in order to properly set yourself up for The Evolution of Mara Dyer, because, trust me, once you start it, you won’t want to stop.
My eyes are still wet after reading this book. Granted the plotline was predictable(to me at least) , but the way Michelle Hodkin's creates a scence is amazing. I felt at a lot of parts that I was in the skin of Mara Dyer. The way her feelings translated from the page to the reader is breathtaking, and if you read the first book in the series you would know I mean that quite literally. This book will have you laughing, crying, blushing, and terrified. P.S. Regardless of my previous comment on predictablity it did keep my guess at some parts.
I loved the first book (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer) and I'm saying this for The Evolution as well. I loved it! If you're one to lean towards twisted plots that are full of suspense and drama--not to mention a truely gorgeous male-lead love intrest--then this is the book for you. Since I'm not going to reveal any spoilers about the book, let me just say that i need to go. Time to start re-reading The unbecoming and then The Evolution. :) *hunker*
I agree with that person further down. It wasnt as good as the first but it was still amazing. It much more sexy than the first to the point where I was wondering whether it was a YA or an Erotica lol~ Either way, it was very good and quite shocking. At the end I teared up a bit even though there's a huge possibility it's not true. I cant wait for the next installment!! 4.6 stars.
By this point, the story of Mara Dyer feels ridiculous. I was very impressed with the first book up until the last 100 pages, but I couldn't find anything to especially love about this book. It's full of drama and "twists" that barely make any sense and feel extremely out of place. However, the ending did catch my interest enough that I feel like I need to read the third and last book now. Unfortunately, after reading the second book, I don't think this series is the new favorite I had been hoping for.
I really enjoyed this book, but there were some points in it that were extremely confusing. But it was a great book and I can't wait to read the third one.
This is basically the same as my The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer review. Click here to read it! BUT... While I do feel the same about the characters, the mystery, the writing, etc. ... the end of this book kind of threw me off. I won't spoil it for anyone, but it just seemed so out of left field and hard to believe. Which I guess is a good thing, because it keeps with my original praise for unpredictability. But I just don't know if I enjoy the direction it took. I was kind of hoping it would stick to a more creepy/paranormal story line. However, the ending left me a bit confused so I will continue with the third book, because I still want to find out what happens. I am just not as intrigued as I was before. That is the only reason I am not giving it a 5 star rating, closer to a 4.5/4