Title: The Evolution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer Book Two
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Mara Dyer knows she isn’t crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind, and that Noah can heal with his. Mara also knows that somehow, Jude is not a hallucination. He is alive. Unfortunately, convincing her family and doctors that she’s not unstable and doesn’t need to be hospitalised isn’t easy. The only person who actually believes her is Noah. But being with Noah is dangerous and Mara is in constant fear that she might hurt him. She needs to learn how to control her power, and fast! Together, Mara and Noah must try and figure out exactly how Jude survived when the asylum collapsed, and how he knows so much about her strange ability…before anyone else ends up dead!
The Evolution of Mara Dyer is a good continuance to the first book of the series. With more threats of death, and the development of both Mara’s and Noah’s intertwined backstory, the progression of the story sets up even more impending peril that these two protagonists may not be able to make it through.
In the first book, Mara discovers things about herself that changed her life forever. When the second book arises, Mara has to confront these changes, even though she may not know how to handle new truths about herself. Noah takes it upon himself to assist Maya to work through her conflicted feelings and beliefs. He tries to show her that she has to control her fears, no matter how scary the consequences. On the other hand, Mara tries to help Noah with his own self-worth.
Julian provides the major conflict in the story, but forces Mara and Noah to even further confront the deepest of their fears.
The lovable characters that we met in the first book add to the development of this tragedy. Jamie adds much needed humor and makes this overall dark(ish) plot line just a little brighter. Without characters like Jamie and Daniel, the book would be flatter and have less substance as they bring balance to the whole story. I believe that the “minor” and “secondary” characters are more important than some people give them credit for, as they bring details that harmonize and add life to the series as a whole. The Evolution of Mara Dyer is definitely a book that contains amazing characters who directly pertain to the saga. Michelle Hodkin’s writing avoids useless plot holes, making nothing and no one useless.