Review of “The Retribution of Mara Dyer” by Author Michelle Hodkin

Mara Dyer 3Title: The Retribution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Series: Book Three
Release Date: November 4th, 2014
Pages:
470
Genre: Young Adult Fiction


BLURB:

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.

Chronicle Review by Audrey:

The final book to the Mara Dyer Series. The growth these characters have undergone throughout the series is attributed to the deceit and secrets kept from them. With constant threats, Mara and Noah create a bond that once was believed to be their saving grace, but now is considered to be one of the biggest threats they will have to confront.

In this book, we read about a different side of Mara, one that had been slowly adapting and lurking behind every bend in the beginning two books. This side of Mara is different and makes Michelle Hodkin’s story more unique and original. It is refreshing to see a bad and vengeful side come out of the main protagonist, as it goes against a wide stream of books that are out there on the market. Although, even I will concede that this rash and headfirst side of Mara is sometimes annoying and selfish (not like the girl we had previously met)

Even though the connection I felt with Mara dwindled during this book, the connections I adapted with some of the other characters were heightened. Jamie, Noah, and Daniel are able to hold more of the spotlight and control the story as their actions are just as important as Mara’s. These characters provided nice breaks from the rampage Mara was evoking on those that did her wrong.

Out of the trilogy, The Retribution of Mara Dyer is my least favorite. It’s not because it took the focus off of Mara, but because the tone of the series shifted including a major change in character development for everyone.  A quality and feel in is lost in this last book that I had found so compelling in the first two books. 

Audrey’s Rating: 4/6
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