Oct 19, 2014

Mara's Retribution: Discussing The Unbecoming

In case you missed the news, there's a readalong of the ENTIRE Mara Dyer trilogy happening RIGHT NOW. It's called #MarasRetribution and is hosted by Stacee from Adventures of a Book Junkie, Danielle from Love at First Page, and Katie from Polished Page-Turners, and myself! To keep up with the reading schedule in time for the release of The Retribution of Mara Dyer, participants should be finishing up with The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. And that just happens to be what I'm discussing today!

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Publishing Date: September 27, 2011
Pages: 452

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

[Spoilers Ahead!]

The first time I read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, I gave it three stars. There were some inconsistencies throughout the book and I couldn't tell if they were errors or just a part of Mara's insanity. When the book takes a turn in a different it loses it touch. (When Noah and Mara go to rescue Joseph and we learn Noah has an "ability" too.) And then it was, of course, hurt by the hype. But this time around, I liked the book more!

Also this time around, I was looking for...well, ANYTHING. I filled my book with sticky notes here and there and everywhere, marking anything that could mean anything. I probably overthought it, but with this book, WHO KNOWS. Here are some things I noticed.

-Mara says she needs to not act like she's crazy several times.
-Mara loses track of time or doesn't remember what she was doing a LOT LOT LOT.
-Her note at the beginning of the book is written in New York, she lived in Rhode Island, then moved
to Florida.
-Hamartia is mentioned in English class, which means a fatal or a tragic flaw.
-Mara once mentioned Carrie--specifically, the scene where Carrie gets buckets of blood poured on her at blood. That might not mean anything. But Carrie herself--who has abilities, right?--could.
-Some people disappear out of nowhere...like Noah.
-Sometimes when Mara would hallucinate, we would then see Noah tired.
-Things Claire and Jude would say in Mara's hallucinations were things they said at the asylum, pre-death.
-When Mara first Mabel, the dog seemed fine. But after that, whenever Mara's around an animal they go berserk. Kind of like some animals would around a paranormal entity.
-When Mara is describing killing Leon Lassiter at the end of the book, she's using first person. But someone else shoots him. So was Mara really picturing herself killing him, or was she picturing a scene from some other point in time?

Basically, when it comes to this book and series I DON'T EVEN KNOW. It's probably one giant mindscrewer that still won't give us all the answers and will make us go WHAT?! Because, come on, it's MARA DYER, what else can we expect?

Up Next
Today, October 19, is the first Twitter chat! Just follow the hashtag #MarasRetribution at 8:00 p.m. EST (5:00 p.m. PST)! We'll be talking about Unbecoming and having trivia questions. AND we'll be giving away a copy of the book! (And yes, it's international!) So please, join the insanity!

Now that we're finished with The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, up next we're reading The Evolution of Mara Dyer! So get your copies ready! We'll be reading until the start of November--right before The Retribution of Mara Dyer is here!

If you wrote a discussion post for The Unbecoming, be sure to link up!

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  2. i have not read this serie yet but i'm soo reading it soon :D


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