Review: The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (Mara Dyer #3)

mara dyerTitle: The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publication Date: 17 October 2014  (Simon & Schuster UK)
Pages: 480
Genre: Paranormal
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: |Amazon UK| |Waterstones|  |Book Depository|

It had to end sometime, but Mara had no idea it would end like this. Experience the mind-blowing conclusion to the New York Timesbestselling Mara Dyer trilogy.

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. [Goodreads]

In one way, this trilogy does remind me of the Slated trilogy. As I said in my review of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, I went into this novel thinking that this trilogy would be similar. They are similar because they both get better per book. It’s rare that I ever read on after the first book that isn’t as good as expected, and those that I do either stay the same or get better. This series definitely get better. Also, there are definitely perks in being slow at getting round to read current novels, i.e I didn’t have the two year gap between The Evolution and The Retribution – mwahahaha..!

This isn’t my favourite out of the three, better than the first but not as good as the second, but it gave a lot of twists and huge character leaps and challenges. It went back to the writing arc that was seen in The Unbecoming and the most climatic parts of the plot were a little faster paced and rushed. It would have been nice to see those scenes take up more of the novel. Nevertheless it didn’t fail at twisting and then ripping my heart out in the process of reading, and also tearing up ever so slightly commuting to work on the train. It was brutal in all the best ways.

After reading the trilogy, the character that I want to know more about is actually Daniel Myer. He really comes into the spotlight in the third novel and it’s nice to finally see a family member take a step forward. He’s a great brother and he is someone I would love to read more about. Even if it was just everything that happened to Mara but with Daniel’s point of view – especially since he does hide away from the spotlight normally and he is seen as the straight-headed family member throughout the series. (Who even knows what’s happened to the Dyer family? Basically absent in this novel.)

There are a lot of loose threads at the end of this novel and at the end of the trilogy. I’m generally unsure how I feel about it. Part of me is annoyed and the other half is full of curiosity. The whole fact that throughout the novel it has Mara constantly on edge because of a form of a prophecy, but then not know whether or not it comes true is kinda annoying.  Is that not what we’re reading the book for? To find out what was true and what was false? Alas, you get none of that here.

Having said all of this, this is a series that I will definitely recommend – even with the shaky start.

My rating
I really liked it

4 cup


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