Review: The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3)


The Retribution of Mara Dyer
By Michelle Hodkin

Source: Personal purchase, paperback
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, 

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

Oh. My. God. I finished this book about 10 hours ago, and I still have all these amazing quotes and scenes and thoughts swimming around my head. Not only was this book - and the whole series - instantly one of my all time favourites, the writing style was beautiful. Michelle Hodkin described everything perfectly - I had such a clear image of what was happening, yet the description wasn’t boring at all. Michelle Hodkin is an absolute genius everybody.

This book didn’t start off as well as all the others. This is purely down to the fact that there was no Noah *cries*. I still enjoyed it, but I would have liked it much more if Noah was there *cries even more*.

The plot for this book was amazing. There were so many twists and turns - I was really kept on my feet. I especially enjoyed the medical and science parts of the story, and the bits about mental illness were some of my favourites. I was confused for practically the whole book - I know that is the way it was intended, so I didn’t really mind, and I liked trying to figure out what was happening. And I didn’t actually guess the plot twists, which is a first for me.

Mara has turned into such an amazing heroine. She was now so badass - she didn’t even care about killing people. I now know why the books are called what they are (I loved the bits where the titles of all the books were used to describe Mara) - she has changed so much as a person (in a good way), yet she still has her dark humour and sarcasm. In this book, she is so tough, which I admire so much.

The series is rounded off pretty well. The last few chapters - GAH! I ship Noah and Mara so much! It was just perfect, and so was the epilogue. The only trouble is, I still have a few questions left unanswered, which is super annoying, because the characters who have the answers died *sigh*. I understand that we can’t get the answers, but it still does feel a bit like a cheat to me...

Another thing that felt unfinished was the names. We found out in the start of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (review here) that the names in the books were fake, but in this book we didn’t find out the real names. This, to me, makes the book seem less real, which makes me cry because I need this book to be real like. (I need my Noah Shaw, okay?) And it feels like a bit of a sham, but it doesn’t bother me too much.

The before bits didn’t link either. Which is really frustrating, as I had to read through them, being bored, when they didn’t even matter. What a cheat.

In conclusion, this series is amazing. So was this book. And all the rest in the series. And probably any book ever written by Michelle Hodkin (side note: when is she going to write another book?). Just read this series. It will be the best and worst decision you’ll ever make.

My reactions to this book:

 The series is over *cries for eternity*, This is even sadder than that scene in Doomsday.

My rating:

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