Book Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer

Picking up right where The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer left off, Michelle Hodkin’s latest book in the series follows Mara as she tries to navigate life in an outpatient psychiatric program. Threatened by Jude every turn she takes, Mara is terrified for her life. Unfortunately, no one except for Noah believes Mara’s claims that Jude is actually still alive. With twists and turns throughout the book, The Evolution of Mara Dyer is a suspenseful read that will have readers questioning their own sanity.

Although I did enjoy my time spent reading The Evolution of Mara Dyer, the book was a little bit too full of filler information for my taste. While parts of the novel would have me on the edge of my seat, other chapters were too slow paced and completely unnecessary for the development of the plot. Usually I don’t mind a slower pace if it helps to develop the characters further, but I didn’t really feel like that was happening. In fact, I barely felt any connection to Mara or Noah at all. If it wasn’t for the crazy cliffhanger at the end of the book, I don’t know if this is a series that I would personally consider putting the precious reading time into finishing.

Putting all of those negative comments aside, I will reiterate the fact that I DID enjoy the book, I just didn’t love it. I am certain, however, that those who LOVED the first book will really enjoy the sequel. On the other hand, if you thought The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was just okay, I would leave The Evolution of Mara Dyer for a day when you have absolutely nothing else to read.

Rating: 3 Stars

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5 thoughts on “Book Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer

  1. I liked The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, but a sequel that’s a whole lot of filler and then a cliffhanger…that’s dealbreaker territory for me. I probably will leave this one for a while.

  2. Hmm, I definitely see where you’re coming at on this review. I found some of the chapters a bit slow as well, but I found the other exciting parts made up for it.
    This is a tricky book, and I can see where readers would be split on this.

    But there were parts that were super creepy, and that’s what I enjoyed about it.

  3. Pingback: The Evolution of Mara Dyer: Holy Freaking Aweome! « Reading 'En Vogue'

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