Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin Review

"Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

Retribution has arrived."

Will Mara get her revenge?

Noah is dead. But Mara won't believe his death. At least, not without seeing his dead body. She knows that he has the ability to heal himself from nearly every wound possible (from a simple cut to should-be-deadly wounds). But for what they (who are mysterious and persons unknown) did to Mara and Noah and Jamie and their friends, Mara will hunt them all down. She is dangerous, and at last, she has accepted the darker side of herself. 

Wow, wow, wow. Mara goes darkside and becomes an almost-goddess of violence and wrath with her terrible power. It is absolutely gritty and gruesome to see her bad side, which I don't want to get on. Without Noah (who is practically the light and heart of her life), she sinks fast into the darkness. She tries to get out, but she doesn't want to. She is a very strong character, but the events and circumstances of her life keeps on pounding down on her spirit. There is so much she can handle before she breaks completely. 

The story goes by too quickly, and I wish the author draw out some scenes. Yes, they are perfect, but I want more moments. Mara and her downward spiral is described beautifully. Answers are finally given, and questions are almost nowhere to be seen. 

The friendship between Mara and Jamie is amazing. The way it is painted and portrayed gives the depth in an actual relationship, and Jamie's character is awesome (as usual). Though there are some odd plot holes in his character, I choose to ignore it. The man is the twinkle and the light, and he is another thing holding Mara back from her darkness. 

The villains are a complicated point of the book. Honestly, Hodkin could use some improvement in this area, because a certain villain (who acts like a chessmaster) remains confusing and bewildering. I'm easily thrown off by him. 

The ending of The Retribution of Mara Dyer is stunning. I'm thrown for a twist, and the ending absolutely satisfies me. Of course, it leaves me with one minor and pesky questions: What in the world is Mara Dyer's real name? But still, the ending is strong and most loose ties are sealed. 

Overall, The Retribution of Mara Dyer is a shocking conclusion to the trilogy. Mara's character development changes and shifts, and she is a greatly dynamic character with high tides and low tides. Jamie is his own person, and the conflict rides out smoothly to the end. 

Rating: Four out of Five

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