Review * The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

November 26, 2012 Reviews 16 ★★★★

Review * The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle HodkinThe Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #2
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on October 23, 2012
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 544
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
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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?


While I don’t like to include spoilers in my review, this is the second book in the series and there may be slight spoilers for the first book, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.

What I Thought…

  • One of my favorite things is that the synopsis tells you so little. It makes the books so much more mysterious that way.
  • The Evolution is filled with lots of WTF moments. Every time you think you know what’s going on… bam! You’re wrong! Nothing is as it seems. Just like with The Unbecoming, I’m sure I could read this one again and again and still not be able to figure out what’s really going on.
  • The Evolution takes you further into what’s really going on with Mara, and it’s so much more than you could imagine. The Unbecoming barely scratched the surface of what’s going on. This book is deliciously creepy, mysterious and crazy. It’s also VERY fast paced. There is just so much going on, and I can’t even begin to talk about any of it without giving something away.
  • Mara is even more troubled. Obviously she is dealing with everything she is seeing that no one else is, but she’s also battling with her parents over her sanity. This was one of the hardest things, because we know that Mara isn’t crazy, but with everything that is going on, you can see why her parents feel that she’s a little crazy.
  • I liked Noah a little less in The Evolution. He’s still hot (and British) but his overprotectiveness and secretiveness drove me nuts. He was borderline possessive, but since Mara has like no friends anyway (because of her situation, not Noah) it’s not so bad. I don’t feel like he would prevent her from hanging with other people, but you can’t tell for sure because that’s not even an option.
  • I liked Mara’s brother, Daniel, a lot better in The Evolution. He’s a little less pristine and perfect and a little more normal.  Even though Mara’s parents kept talking like she’s crazy (I mean really, can you blame them?) I liked them better too. They were a little more normal.
  • There are some new characters in this one and a few of them are pretty creepy. I won’t tell you which ones, but one of them gave me the willies so bad.
  • The Ending! Holy Hell! I can’t wait for the next book!

Notable Quotes

“We are far too screwed up for a goddamned love triangle.”

“If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If we were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.”
“Everyone is a little crazy. The only difference between us and them is that they hide it better.”
“I did something brave, then. Or stupid. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.”


16 Responses to “Review * The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin”

  1. fakesteph

    I’m afraid to read your review because I haven’t read the first one… but I really want to. Text me yes or no.

  2. Cass

    This book was crazy insane. Right?? And I agree about the certain creepy characters! Can’t wait for the third. THAT ENDING. UGH Michelle Hodkin, why?!

  3. Jenny

    Can you believe I still haven’t read the first one in this series? Actually, you probably can. ;) I really need to. :(

  4. Aman

    I’m reading this book right now and IT IS AMAZING. The first one was okay for me but that ending made me want to buy the next one, and I’m soo happy I’m continuing this series. Nice review :)

  5. Christina

    Wow, I really like those quotes! I haven’t read the first book yet, so I’m not venturing into the rest, but I’m a little more excited.

  6. Kate Midnight Book Girl

    I actually did go ahead and read your review, because who the heck knows when I’ll get to this second book? Although I might need you to send me the email about the first book to save time. That’d be cool!

    I think the reason guys in YA books, and guys in most historical romances, are so hot and possessive is because the fantasy of being the sole focus of one guy works so much better on the pages of a book. The guys rarely have any annoying habits (at least ones that aren’t also kind of sexy) and the heroine is always overwhelmed and flattered by the attention… in real life it just does not work that way, at least without it being creepy and suffocating.

  7. Erin

    I’ve had this book on my shelf for a month, waiting to finish NaNo to sart it. I just keep renewing it (I’m sure there are people who want to check it out that are cursing me right now). Hopefully December/January will be kinder to my reading addiction. I’m definitely going through withdraw.

    Great review, I’ve missed checking them out!!!