by Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #3
Narrator: Christy Romano
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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.
The wait to get my hands on the audiobook of The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin seemed like a long one with the cruel cliffhanger I was faced with in The Evolution of Mara Dyer. The mind blowing, twisted, breath-holding plot continued and I removed my ear-buds both satisfied and spent. Hodkin gave us one heck of a ride with her unreliable narrator and twisted plot. Gads!
One of the things I like most about this trilogy is that each novel has been stronger as Hodkin lured me into this crazy impossible rabbit hole of manifestations, conspiracy and fated romance. The tale picks up back on the island with the testing and soon we are lost within the pages.
While Mara can be annoying and frustrating it is her strength and tenacious search for answers, as well as her unwavering loyalty that had made this unreliable narrator endearing. Secondary characters are further developed as the author slowly stitched all the pieces of this impressive quilt together and a picture began to emerge.
“I feel something, I do it. I want something, I take it.” ― Michelle Hodkin, The Retribution of Mara Dyer
I have spent most of the series looking for clues and trying to piece together what is reality. Hodkin weaved in another story throughout this final book taking us back through other life times and the revelations were mind-blowing. Villains, abilities and Mara’s friends had me flipping the pages.
“You can’t be fixed. You can’t be saved.” ― Michelle Hodkin, The Retribution of Mara Dyer
The romance? Sorry darling spoilers. I love Noah. That. Is. All.
“I know what I can do to a girl with a word, a look, a touch. And I want to do them all to her.” ― Michelle Hodkin, The Retribution of Mara Dyer
There is so much I want to talk about, but the synopsis is so vague. I think this journey is best discovered on your own. I will say this; the revelations are fascinating and the tale takes some dark turns. There are moments I wanted to scream in frustration and I was never truly sure of where Hodkin would ultimately leave us. There are fantastic gut wrenching scenes with beloved characters and secondary characters. We experience the characters fear, uncover clues with them and feel moments of absolute desperation. Hodkin does weave in moments of humor and gives us glimpses of the once normal adolescents before these events marred their lives. The clinic, experiments, testing, and truth of it all is brilliant. It is all quite maddening, really, if you think about it. I would love to sit down and share coffee with the author. Her mind is diabolical and it is clear she has been in total control of this tale from the onset.
Christy Romano has made listening an absolute pleasure. Her inflection and unique voices for the characters added an additional element of enjoyment. Her pacing and tone notched up the suspense and the hours slipped by in the blink of an eye.
If you have not started the Myer Dyer series, I recommend that you do. This is one of my favorite young adult paranormal. Fans of unreliable narrators will loved the experience. The Retribution of Mara Dyer was a brilliant conclusion to the trilogy.
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