Title: The Retribution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publication Date: November 14th, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 1442484233 (ISBN13: 9781442484238)
“Don’t find peace, find passion.”
Let just take a moment.
I need to get my emotions in check
*Ten years later*
Ok I’m good now.
Let’s ignore the fact that I read this in February, but was too lazy to post a review until now.
*ATTENTION: SPOILERS GALORE. YOU HAVE BEEN FOREWARNED.*
What a absolutely beautiful end to this trilogy. I don’t even mind what anyone says about how there were some lose threads.
Doesn’t every book have it’s flaws. I may have liked to know what happened to Stella and there were other bits and quirks that remained unsolved. But even after we finish a story, there is always so much we do not know. I honestly do not care about it’s minor flaws because I had a hoot and a half reading this book.
So many parts that I loved and now I am left an utter emotional wreck. I honestly lost count of how many times I cried reading this. This is by far the best book in the trilogy.
Going into this I was very skeptical, because many people felt indifferent on this, but by the end I am literally blown away.
LOVED the setting. I loved how we didn’t just stay in Florida, but got to explore around and see New York. I loved Hodkin’s descriptive narrative, making me feel as if I am right along with the characters.
Can we just talk about Mara’s fantastic character arc. I absolutely positively without a doubt love Mara Amitra Dyer. In the beginning of this trilogy we meet her as this uncertain unstable character mess of a girl but begin to see her grow as a person.
I loved seeing Mara grow into herself as she finally accepts her abilities, unafraid of who she is. She can also kick ass. (◡‿◡✿)
Not only can Michelle Hodkin write great characters, but she nailed humor. About 70% of my tabs are about Mara and Jamie’s banter. It was laugh out loud hilarious and shed some light on this quite dark book.
I was so glad we got to see Jamie more often in this book, and get to see his friendship with Mara grow.
Nope I am not crying. Can we also mention how his powers are freaking amazing. It had me thinking of Ruby from the Darkest Minds and Piper from Heroes of Olympus.
What can I possibly say about Noah. I really am trying not to sound repetitive but I absolutely love him. What I loved about this book is that you get to see the more vulnerable side of his emotions which was so endearing.
I am not crying, nope.
Can we just pause and talk about the dual POV. I honestly did not see that coming and at first I thought Hodkin was gonna pull a Veronica Roth on me but I am doing backflips that she didn’t. That was a close one. (⊙‿⊙✿)
I was surprised at myself for actually feeling sort of bad for Jude. There’s no way I would ever forgive him for the terror he caused, but what I feel bad is that if he wasn’t artificially manifested he could have grown up a normal kid.
At the beginning of the book I could already come to the conclusion of who was funding this entire experiment. Though I did love that Hodkin dropped clues throughout the last two books, which had me flipping back and forth in a frenzy.
It’s so refreshing to read a satisfying conclusion to a trilogy. So many times I have been left underwhelmed by series endings and I’m so glad now I able to finish these beautiful books without feeling bitter. I read the first two books back in 2013 and was becoming increasingly anxious when this books publishing date keeps getting pushed back. Incredibly satisfied that this was not a disappointment. If you’re looking for a book that is multitude of different genres then I definitely recommend reading this trilogy. Definitely worth the wait.
“This is a love story. Twisted and messy. Flawed and screwed up. But it’s ours. It’s us. I don’t know how our story will end, but I know how it will start.”