Release Date: October 23, 2012
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Mild spoiler, but if you've read the first chapter excerpt, then it's not one.
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She used to think her problems were all in her head.
She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.
In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?
Mind = blown.
I don't actually have a proper review for this book... but if you liked The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, well, amazingly enough, Michelle Hodkin has created a sequel that's better than the first book.
No, really. And that might be one of the only times I've said that in my life.
Okay, so if you've read the first book, you know it ends with a HUGE cliffhanger. Book two picks up on that thread and never lets it go. And the thing is, you can't get frustrated with the way more questions are raised, since some are answered. Mara's just like you, trying to figure out what exactly is happening in regards to her powers and what she's seen, and with Noah at her side... so you can't get angry with her. You can't get angry with the author either because you are given some answers--you're just not sure if they're the right ones at first, psychological thriller and all. Michelle Hodkin really knows how to play with her readers.
I remember reading reviews from some people who thought Jamie Roth was too much a stereotypical character--even that is expanded on in Evolution. All the characters were brought to life with new shades to their backgrounds (Mara & Noah's parents; Jamie; Daniel - he's not as perfect as you might think; the new characters -- some more than others, some who will clearly play a big role in the next book).... And all the mentions of mental illness? Normally, it might bother me that psychologists and institutions were not being portrayed very favorably, but I think Hodkin is fine on that line too, managing to limit whatever statement is being sent out.
I started this book around 10:00, and six hours later, it's finished, and I am stunned that I have wait another year to discover what happens next. The fast pace and crisp writing for this fantastically twisted premise will take hold of you so that you can't turn the pages fast enough. I could not recommend this thrilling sequel more.