The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer Trilogy Series #3)

The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer Trilogy Series #3)

by Michelle Hodkin


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It had to end sometime, but Mara had no idea it would end like this. Experience the mind-blowing conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer trilogy.

Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442484238
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Series: Mara Dyer Trilogy Series , #3
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 382,435
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.70(d)
Lexile: HL630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About 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

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The Retribution of Mara Dyer

  • THE EXAMINATION OF MARA DYER was taken on [redacted] at the Horizons Residential Treatment Center for Behavioral Health. 31821 No Name Island, Florida. Video transcript time: 2:13 p.m.

    Examination by: Dr. Deborah Kells

    Also present: Mr. [redacted]

    KELLS: Hello, Mara. My name is Deborah Kells, and this is Mr. ____. We’re here because your family says that you have agreed to residential treatment at the Horizons Residential Treatment Center for Behavioral Health on No Name Island, Florida, just off No Name Key. Is that correct?


    KELLS: How much Amytal did you give her?

    MR. ____: Forty ccs.

    KELLS: Anemosyne?

    MR. ____: One hundred micrograms.

    KELLS: And the midazolam?

    MR. ____: Fifty milligrams. Same as the others. She won’t remember any of this.

    KELLS: God, she’s like a zombie. Mara, Mara—are you awake? Do you understand me?

    MARA: . . . Yes.

    KELLS: Great. Thank you. Is it correct that you agreed to being treated here?

    MARA: Yes.

    KELLS: Thank you. Now, if at anytime you don’t understand what I’m asking you, just let me know and I’ll try to make it clearer, okay?

    MARA: Okay.

    KELLS: Now, you’ll notice that there’s a video camera in the room here with us. We want to record this just so we have a record. Is that okay with you?

    MARA: Yes.

    KELLS: Excellent. Okay, Mara. Let’s start with the basics. What is your full name?

    MARA: Mara Amitra Dyer.

    KELLS: And how old are you?

    MARA: Seventeen.

    KELLS: Where were you born?

    MARA: Laurelton.

    KELLS: Where is that?

    MARA: Outside Providence.

    KELLS: Rhode Island?

    MARA: Yes.

    KELLS: Thank you. Can you tell me a little about why you’re here?


    KELLS: She’s struggling with the open-ended questions. Can we counteract the Anemosyne?

    MR. ____: She might not be as cooperative.

    KELLS: Well, she’s not exactly cooperative now, is she?

    MR. ____: I’ll have to do it intravenously—

    KELLS: Obviously. Just—

    MARA: I hurt people.

    MR. ____: Do you still want me to adjust—

    KELLS: No, let’s see where she goes. Mara, who did you hurt?

    MARA: My teacher.

    KELLS: What was her name?

    MARA: Morales.

    MR. ____: Her file says that her teacher, Christina Morales, died of anaphylactic shock in reaction to fire ant bites on [date redacted].

    KELLS: Let me see.

    MARA: Also a . . . a man. He hurt a dog. I—I—

    KELLS: It’s okay. Take your time. Just tell us what you remember.

    MARA: Rachel.

    MR. ____: Rachel Watson, deceased, died Wednesday [date redacted] in Laurelton. Remains discovered at six a.m. with those of—

    MARA: Claire.

    MR. ____: Claire Lowe, yes, as well as her brother, Jude Lowe—

    Mara: Noah.

    MR. ____: Noah Shaw? I don’t—

    KELLS: Quiet.

    MR. ____: Sorry—whoa. Did you see that? She just—

    KELLS: What else is she on?

    MR. ____: The hundred milligrams of Zyprexa, as prescribed prior to intake. It shouldn’t interfere.

    MARA: [speech unclear]

    KELLS: What did she say?

    MR. ____: I don’t know. Jesus, look—

    KELLS: Is she on anything else?

    MR. ____: I don’t—

    KELLS: Is she on anything else?

    MR. ____: No. No.

    KELLS: Does she have a history of epilepsy?

    MR. ____: I don’t think so.

    KELLS: Well, do you think or do you know?

    MR. ____: No— Jesus Christ. Is that a seizure? Is she seizing?

    KELLS: Turn off the camera.

    MARA: [speech unclear]

    KELLS: What did you say, Mara?

    MR. ____: I’m going to call—

    KELLS: Don’t call anyone. Turn off the camera. What, Mara?

    MARA: [speech unclear]

    MR. ____: Did she just say our names? Did she just say—


    MR. ____: Oh, God—

    [End video examination, 2:21 p.m.]

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    The Retribution of Mara Dyer 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book was the perfect ending to surprisingly great trilogy. I stumbled on to it by accident. Am very happy that I did.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This series is probably my favorite. The writing is beautiful and you fall in love with every character. Though flawed, the characters are believable. If you had gone through half of what Mara did, you would probably make some questionable decisions too. I like that Mara and the other characters make mistakes and aren't always "good" people. That's reality and, in the end, that's what makes these characters so lovable and relatable. This was the perfect ending to the series. It's not perfect. They don't all live happily ever after, but it still leaves you satisfied which doesn't always happen at the end of a series. I am truly sad to see the end of these books...I would definitely recommend them to anyone!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Brilliance. Perfection. A must-read. That is all I need say.
    InAWord More than 1 year ago
    Rating this 5 stars because I love it so much. SPOILER: Mara gets freaking creepy here.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I had high expectations goimg into this book. I really enjoyed the first two books prior to this, and even preordered the book I was so excited. However The Retribution of Mara Dyer was lacking. I found myself extremely distant and uncaring while reading this book. The characters I spent two whole books getting to know felt COMPLETELY different. The psycho nature that was a important part in the previous two books was overwhelming in this one. It became sociopathic at many parts that was uncomfortable for me. I couldn't find myself connecting with any of the charaters, most of all Mara. I think alot of the sociopathic tendenices of Mara were wildly understated by the other charaters, and while Michelle Hodkin might have intended to have this polarizing affect on her readers I couldn't find a way to look past the cross over from slightly crazy to outright sociopath. Unlike some similar works that divulge into sociopaths, like the television show Dexter for example, I could no longer find any redeeming qualities in Mara, and by the end of the book I was disgusted with her. I also had hopes for the romantic aspects from the last two books, but as I started to realize in The Evolution of Mara Dyer. This book is NOT a love story, though the Michelle Hodkin seems to want the readers to believe otherwise. In the last book, if you were unsure in the second book, that Mara and Noah don't love one another they have a werid dependency and obessiin with one another. It's an uncomfortably written and awkardly translated somehow into love by the readers and author alike. On second thought I don't think I ever truly believed in Noah and Mara's "love". Overall I am highly disappointed in this book. I feel that it had potential to be an amazing trilogy had not had the whole last be centered around dehumanizing the main charater, Mara.
    Sheri_B1975 More than 1 year ago
    Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books It dawned on me when I had about 100 pages left in this book that it is going to be extremely hard, practically impossible even, to write a review for this book. At least one that's spoiler free. But I'm going to give it everything I have and see what happens. If you're reading this I manged to come up with something. Yay me! --I've had weird dreams. I've had weird hallucinations. But weird didn't even begin to touch this, whatever this was. I never expected to get as attached to this series as I have. But from the moment I picked up The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, through every word and every sentence and every paragraph I fell deeper and deeper into this twisted, dark, hauntingly beautiful story. The intensity, the darkness, the complete mind [censored] has been steadily building since the very first book. It rarely lets up and I often found myself wondering if I myself was going to come out of this series sane. Truly I've had some very strange dreams. --I should have been more frightened than I was. I should have been terrified. But I just felt like I was watching all of this happen to someone else. At the start of each sequel I would think there's no way I could handle things getting any worse than they did previously. Yet there was no way in hell I could even think about putting them down. The more twisted it got the faster I would push myself to get to the next page. To say Retribution was the most shocking would be an understatement. The depths of darkness that this book went to had me absolutely hopeless throughout most of it. Doubting an ending could be possible that I would find satisfying. --Jamie held a slice in each hand and was looking back and forth between them. "I want to double-fist the [censored] out of this pizza." Even when things look bleak Michelle Hodkin manages to sneak in moments that had me laughing out loud. I am in love with her writing style You name an emotion and she has more than likely managed to pull that out of me within this series. I will read anything this woman writes. No, truly. If she published a book of nothing but old grocery lists I would be rushing to buy it. I have fangirled and shouted about how much I've loved this book or that book in the past, but this series was so different for me. It's that one. The one. The one that has me sitting here wondering how am I ever going to pick up another book and feel that same enjoyment and level of emotions. Yeah, it seems I'm slightly obsessed. Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to go wallow in this book hangover. They should make a patch for that, one that pumps you full of endorphins to help get you over the hump.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    To be honest, i was dreading reading this installment because of the amount of terrible final installments Ive read this past year. Divergent's final installment pissed me off and I was scared to read this one fearing something similar would happen but it didnt. Hodkin concluded it very well and I was very content with the ending. I really love this trilogy, the development of the characters in it is so well written and the story is so unique. I love how the novels switch between genres, romance, psychological thriller, horror. But in the end you understand. Well you undertand what you need to understand. I love the ending lines. I found myself going back to the first novel to see if she really said what she said. The linking of events was well done, explanations were well done. You know those moments when you go 'OHHH so that is why tha happened' I experienced quite a lot of those and i love that in a novel, when things tie up neatly. Beautiful trilogy. Would reccommend to much more people.
    pbunny07 More than 1 year ago
    I loved this book. I love this series!  Sad to know its over, I hope she writes more books. 
    Tris13 More than 1 year ago
    This book was insanity! Mara Dyer is one of my favorites. I would recommend this series to anyone(:
    JillJemmett More than 1 year ago
    I loved this conclusion to the Mara Dyer trilogy. This story was even more intense than the first two books. It began right in the middle of the action, with Mara still at Horizons where she was being studied and experimented on. It was thrilling and scary. I don’t normally mention trigger warnings, because I think they can be spoilers for the story. However, there was a scene of self harm, with someone cutting their stomach which really affected me. I almost had to stop reading it, but thankfully the scene only lasted a short while. Some of the psychological elements could be disturbing at times as well, but it also made the story unpredictable. I was surprised at how satisfying the ending was. I was pleased with how complete the series felt to me. I can’t wait to start on The Shaw Confessions, because I have no idea what will happen next.
    JillJemmett More than 1 year ago
    I loved this conclusion to the Mara Dyer trilogy. This story was even more intense than the first two books. It began right in the middle of the action, with Mara still at Horizons where she was being studied and experimented on. It was thrilling and scary. I don’t normally mention trigger warnings, because I think they can be spoilers for the story. However, there was a scene of self harm, with someone cutting their stomach which really affected me. I almost had to stop reading it, but thankfully the scene only lasted a short while. Some of the psychological elements could be disturbing at times as well, but it also made the story unpredictable. I was surprised at how satisfying the ending was. I was pleased with how complete the series felt to me. I can’t wait to start on The Shaw Confessions, because I have no idea what will happen next.
    Kasandra-Marie More than 1 year ago
    Such a beautiful, yet gruesome series that balances each other out perfectly. I can't put these books down. I read the first 2 in two days. And am taking my time with this one so it doesn't have to end.... I can't wait to read The Shaw Confessions, I'm thrilled to see how that is going to turn out. Hands down the best series out there. Michelle, you are GIFTED. Wow. We need this series in a movie! Without a doubt!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This is honestly a true gem. The plot and the characters are beautifully written and there were so many plot twists that had me at the edge of my seat. Lots of parts will make you laugh, others will make you cry. I fell in love with each character and it was amazing to see them develop throughout the series. I’m making my friends read this ASAP because it deserves all the recognition in the world. I would rate it more than 5 stars if I could.
    spunkycaribou23 More than 1 year ago
    How do I even begin this? Chances are, if you're considering buying this book, you've read the first two. Let me tell you, I read the first two in 2012 when Evolution first came out. I then had to wait TWO WHOLE YEARS for this book. That's a really long time when you think about the ending of the second book. I was emotionally destroyed. The day Retribution became available for pre-order, you bet I ran around yelling and begging my mom to pretty please pre-order it for my birthday. I had a countdown to the day it came out. I threw myself a "Retribution Party" and cried when it came in the mail. I sat myself down on the couch for five hours straight to read the entire thing. I did not eat, drink, speak, or go to the bathroom until I was done. For as long as I waited and as much as I had hyped myself up for the release of this book, I can tell you I absolutely was not disappointed in the slightest. It was even more than I'd hoped and dreamed it would be. When I finished it, I proceeded to force my ENTIRE friend group to read the trilogy. We'd pass the books around the lunch table and talk about our favorite parts. I'd smile and bite my tongue as they'd try to guess what was going to happen next. It brought us together. This book was quite the ride. It felt different from the previous two in an intangible way. Maybe because it's not all set in Miami, or maybe it's because Mara is unleashed, or maybe it's because I finally found the answers I'd been waiting for. Regardless, I loved it with all of my heart. Michelle Hodkin had some pretty high stakes in the writing of this book, and she delivered perfectly. Each character became so developed and well-defined. Oh, and I LOVED getting to read from somebody else's point of view. It was an awesome contrast. Overall, this book was an amazing conclusion to the trilogy. It's been a wild ride, and I am so thankful for an author who was so conscious of what she was building. Five stars is never enough when it comes to Mara Dyer.
    book_junkee More than 1 year ago
    I know I didn't absorb everything I should have, so I'll read it again to savor it. Quite an excellent and satisfying ending to a favorite trilogy.
    Tesa Kizziar STUDENT More than 1 year ago
    i love this series!!! I could read it 10000 times and never get bored
    Mel-Loves-Books More than 1 year ago
    "This is a love story. Twisted and messy. Flawed and screwed up. But its ours. It's us. I don't know how our story will end, but I know how it will start." I want to shout about how fantastic these books are to everyone I meet. I fell fast and hard for these characters and all of the unexpectedness of their stories. If you want to read something strange and lovely. Something with passion and romance. Something with hard decisions that mean life or death and unexpected dangers mixed with intense self discovery. Something with fantasy and family. This series is the one. I cannot encourage enough that these books get read by everyone. EVERYONE. I will wrap this up with what must be the signature quote from this series. "I love you. Today. Tonight. Tomorrow. Forever. If I were to live a thousand years I would belong to you for all of them. If I were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one."
    Seoling More than 1 year ago
    HERE IT IS. The review for the final book of the Mara Dyer trilogy. THE RETRIBUTION OF MARA DYER. This feels...pretty bittersweet. But it's made me so much more excited for the release of THE BECOMING OF NOAH SHAW - you can't believe how excited I am to dive in. First of all, I believe that I read this book when it was first being published (like nearly a year after EVOLUTION, possibly) and I really advise you to read RETRIBUTION quickly after EVOLUTION because if you are like me whose mind does not like to retain literary information for more than a few days, then you will be missing out on so much that is referenced from the first two books. I am really glad that I decided to reread these right after one another because it was so much more thrilling and suspenseful that way. It seems that BECOMING can be read without having to read this trilogy and Michelle Hodkin provides enough backstory from the first series to make the read easy, but if you have the chance, please please please go back and reread. I know that it's only made the wait for BECOMING rather hard, but still - one of my biggest fall releases (and maybe the year?). So now that I've gone through that spiel, where do I even start? It's so hard to know where to start because there are so many great things about RETRIBUTION that I just want to dive into. So I guess I need to talk about how wonderful and brilliant Michelle Hodkin is at writing. I feel that now that I'm older, I can appreciate the beautiful language that she uses even more. Plus, her use of dialogue is fantastic. I think I could read a whole book of just dialogue if it was written by here. There are these lovely tonal shifts between Mara and the other characters that she speaks with that make me as a reader distinguish and recognize the relationships she has with others. Going off the whole swooning of her writing style, I am kind of floored at how easily I can go from laughing or sighing at one scene and then the next, I'm sent to a dark scary place and I can just feel the chills rolling down the knobs of my spine. She is freaking amazing at writing the uncomfortable. I was kind of blown away by how disturbed I was at these scenes that I would just turn my face away if it were in a movie. But this? In a book? I am so invested. I need more dark literature from Michelle Hodkin. And I need to quickly touch upon her talent at writing these intimate, but intensely passionate scenes, particularly and obviously between Mara and Noah that sort of took my breath away. Especially the last few odd pages. She is a master at her craft and I am so excited that she decided to write more. I could feel my toes curling and my heart beating through my rib cage because I could feel all the emotions that she wants me to feel. I felt everything. This series is definitely not for the faint of heart. It takes you through so much emotion.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I could not put the books down. From start to finish I was drawn into the world of Mara and Noah.
    sheltisebastian More than 1 year ago
    Wonderful close!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    It look me over a year to finally finish this book. Considering I'm an avid reader and easily clear books within days of starting them, taking so long to finish this one is a true testament of how little I liked it. Firstly, it consisted of a string of drawn out and utterly boring events. Secondly, Mara's single-minded fixation with finding Noah through 2/3 of the book was more than a little irritating. Lastly, the final stretch of the book appeared more than rushed and contrived. Noah was near unrecognizable from the character he was presented as in the other 2 books. Mara was too obsessed with finding Noah and then suddenly accepting her gift like she hadn't been struggling with it throughout the other 2 books. I'm glad that I'm finally done with this book... a terrible ending to an otherwise great series.
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    I love this trilogy, I highly reccomend!
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