The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Published by Simon & Schuster on November 4, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
The first thing I noticed when I woke up was that I was covered in blood.
The second thing I noticed was that this didn’t bother me the way it should have.
I didn’t feel the urge to scream or speak, to beg for help, or even to wonder where I was. Those instincts were dead, and I was calm as my wet fingers slid up the tiled wall, groping for a light switch. I found one without even having to stand. Four lights slammed on above me, one after the other, illuminating the dead body on the floor just a few feet away.
My mind processed the facts first. Male. Heavy. He was lying face down in a wide, red puddle that spread out from beneath him. The tips of his curly black hair were wet with it. There was something in his hand.
The fluorescent lights in the white room flickered and buzzed and hummed. I moved to get a better view of the body. His eyes were closed. He could have been asleep, really, if it weren’t for the blood. There was so much of it. And by one of his hands it was smeared into a weird pattern.
No. Not a pattern. Words.
My gaze flicked to his hand. His fist was curled around a small tape recorder. I moved his fingers—still warm—and pressed play. A male voice started to speak.
“Do I have your attention?” the voice said.
I knew that voice. But I couldn’t believe I was hearing it.
I finally did it. I finally got to read Retribution and finish it.
Also, I got my questions answered. Everything that I have been wanting answered has been. The past two books were so confusing but now I understand exactly why they were the way they were.
Most reviews I’ve read say that this book was pretty much just Mara doing stupid stuff and everyone just went along with it but I disagree. Mara did do some stupid things but others were justified, in my opinion.
This book so wonderfully brought the series back to page one of The Becoming of Mara Dyer but yet left enough mystery for the reader to create their own ideas of what happens to the characters after they leave the pages.
After a nearly two year wait, I was so happy to have the book physically in my hands with the release date constantly being pushed back.
The last seventy or so pages was definitely the worst part of the book. It seemed pointless and dragged out and that was the point where I ended up saying to myself, “You’ve come this far, there’s only a little left.”
How much you like this book compared to the others is definitely different from person to person. I liked it and definitely recommend the series. It was good one 🙂
Update 2/2/16: MICHELLE HODKIN IS WRITING A SPIN OFF OF MARA DYER CALLED THE SHAW CONFESSIONS AND IT TAKES PLACES AFTER MARA DYER WITH NOAH AS THE MAIN FOCUS (I think). There is no title yet, but it’s expected publication is 2017