Review: The Retribution of Mara Dyer

The Retribution of Mara DyerThe Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.

Where Unbecoming and Evolution had elements of a psychological thriller blended in with the paranormal, The Retribution makes a whole shift towards urban fantasy. The book opens with Mara coming awake in a patient gurney (give the poor girl a break!) yet again, and now with another building collapse attributed to her. But worse is that she is told that Noah is dead in that collapse, something she refuses to acknowledge. When a chance appears to escape from the facility, she, Jamie and Stella set out on their own, to bring down Horizon and expose its secrets to the world. Combined with flashbacks about her grandmother, the story from the beginning starts to piece itself together, and we get a story that started as science fiction but moves onto fantasy.

Out on the run, Mara is tested yet again with how far she will go to get what she wants. She has to kill, suffer pain, make hard choices – all because she was born with something she never asked for. Her power is only seen as destructive by others, and it sort of keeps her apart from them. As the story progresses, we see how she was set up as an anti-hero for the sake of the plot – a person who does terrible things, but not for bad reasons. We also finally get some chapters from Noah’s POV in towards the end (hallelujah) and we see what how he was, and what drew him to her. Emerging from all that, their love story is quite poignant in the way it was set up; they were star-crossed, rather than complementary as suggested in the Unbecoming.

Since this is the book in which all is revealed, I must say I did not see that shift coming. Combining science fiction with things like magic and all somehow did not blend completely well, considering those two aspects are so different. Also, it did not explain the immortality and I felt the prophecy-whatever was quite vague in construction, which is why it could be put aside so easily in the end. Nevertheless, it was still a great finale book, and I am still looking forward to the spin-off Noah series.

Previous books

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1) The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2)

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