BOOK REVIEW – The Evolution of Mara Dyer

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by: Michelle Hodkin- #2 in the Mara Dyer Trilogy!

FOR AGES 14 AND UP (but 15 and up in my opinion due to the use of constant profanity and also in this book there are slit wrists)// RATING: 4.5/5// TOTAL AMOUNT OF PAGES: 527



Mara Dyer wakes up in a psychiatric ward. Convincing anyone except her boyfriend, Noah, that she is not crazy is slim to impossible.

Noah is keeping secrets from Mara which is not helping the situation since she is constantly going from one mental institution to another.

Will being close to Noah have consequences on the people around Mara and in fact him himself?

Can Mara Dyer keep it altogether while being admitted into mental wards continuously?

People around her are not all telling the truth, but who are the ones she can trust and who are the people she cannot trust?

Will Mara Dyer be able to separate the truth from the lies before anyone gets hurt?

She hopes so.


This is the second book in the MD trilogy and I am totally in love with it! I think this one– The Evolution of MD– is my favourite one in the series. I think this book is the darkest and creepiest one in the series because (*SPOILER IF YOU HAVE NOT READ IT*) there are slit wrists, the constant assumption that Mara tried to kill herself and Jude stalking her in the most diabolical ways.

Throughout reading this book I loved how you as a reader are in ceaseless suspense as to whether or not Jude is actually alive, or if Mara is once and for all losing it!

The descriptions in this book are otherworldly. In every single scene I can paint a picture in my mind.

My absolute favourite part of this book was how many times you think you know something when actually the book proves you wrong and is like shoving it in your face about how little you know. This is a huge turning point in the series and in my opinion this book is the one that unravels more secrets than the last does. Huge important plots begin to unfold where as in the last one loose ties are just being tied and that’s the end, but don’t get me wrong I’m going to write a review and summary for The Retribution of Mara Dyer (the final book) and you’ll see how major plot lines throughout the series get solved. Anyways, back to this book!

Now, the ENDING! OMG! So, I guessed before reading the final book that Noah was still alive, but reading exactly what Mara thought and felt was so powerful and page-turning.

Okay, so, I read all of the books in the space of two days each because I just could not put them down! And I’m saying this not to say that I’m a really fast reader because in fact it doesn’t matter, reading is not a competition. I’m stating that because I’m just letting you know that I could stay up until 11:30 at night reading these MD books and trust me when I say, I fall asleep literally at 9 pm or 9:30 because I’m not a night hawk and I have never been able to stay up THAT late reading a book no matter how good of a book. Not since HARRY POTTER, but don’t get me wrong I am NOT saying that MD can compare to HP, no, HP will always be my number 1!

Okay, so I got off topic per normal and to finish off this review I’m going to add a suggestion or something that maybe the author could’ve done better or something I didn’t like. So, this book is intense, scary gut-wrenching and amazing! But what at first I didn’t really like were the “before” chapters but after finishing this book and reading the final one I got where they all tied in! It was a clever way to add pieces of the past into the book instead of having some character tell a story about it.

INTENSE! That is what I would call the MD trilogy so if you read it be prepared for anything!


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