Nov 13, 2014

Mara's Retribution: Discussing The Evolution

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! I'm super late posting this discussion because I fell behind on my reread (SORRY), but here I am now, discussing The Evolution of Mara Dyer!

Title: The Evolution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: October 23, 2012
Pages: 528
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Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She can’t.

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.
She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

[Spoilers Ahead!]

It's interesting, because I have way to less to say about The Evolution of Mara Dyer than I did about The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (and used less sticky notes!). I think that may be because here, we know the character's and Mara's...whatever it is better. Unbecoming was a build up and a tease, and now we're just waiting to see what the hell is going to happen. And now there's more Jude, which is bad bad bad.

And what's up with all those scenes in India? They made no sense the first time I read the book, and the second time around I'm still like HUH? What is going on? Is this Mara, or her grandma? Or someone else? And the name Mara is mentioned, which is totally weird. Interested to see how this is answered in Retribution.

Now. Let's talk about Jude. Hey, Jude...why are you such an asshole? We learn about this "power," but what is he...a lizard? Did his hands GROW BACK? Dude's just psychotic and crazy, and a great villain. And how did his parents just...disappear? How does any of this work?

But then there's Dr. Kells. WHAT ARE YOU UP TO? How did she know about Mara, and everyone else? What's her endgame? Also, what's Jaime's power? Basically, this book (and series), is just: WHAT.

What's up with Mara and Noah when they kiss? What is up with that? Also, side note: forever stoked that Mara did not believe Kells when she told her Noah was dead. Because, yeah, I'm sure your pants aren't on fire, bitch. GO MARA. (But seriously, can this be confirmed as not true because NO.) 

I'm very eager to see how everything plays out. Mara is a puppet in the hands of evil doctors and mad scientists, and Mommy and Daddy have no idea and I want to know their--and her brothers' reactions--when they found out Mara was right all along. Can this series end with a Happily Ever After? Mara, WHAT IS YOUR RETRIBUTION?

Up Next
Sunday, November 23, is the last Twitter chat! Just follow the hashtag #MarasRetribution at 8:00 p.m. EST (5:00 p.m. PST)! We'll be talking about The Retribution of Mara Dyer 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 Evolution of Mara Dyer, up next we're reading The Retribution of Mara Dyer! So get your copies ready! We'll be discussing this highly anticipated series finale and we can call FREAK OUT TOGETHER!

If you wrote a discussion post for The Evolution of Mara Dyer, be sure to link up!
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