Friday, December 16, 2016

The Retribution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

Title: The Retribution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Version: Paperback

This review contains some heavy spoilers.  If you haven't read the book, and don't like spoilers, save this review for later. 

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 Retribution of Mara Dyer, the final book in the Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin is, in a word: Glorious.  The story is the perfect ending to the series, and made me ache for more after it was all over.  

Now, let's just be real: there were some crazy things that happened in this book.  For example, Mara just randomly kills some people and nobody seems to care.  That's kind of a not so good thing.  Also, the weirdness that Abe seems kind of, you know, immortal.  But that's not necessarily a bad thing - it's just weird.

There was one thing that I didn't like AT ALL about this book: the fact that Mara's parents were completely absent the entire novel!  Like, what they cared about her until she got locked up at Horizons and now they're just out of the picture?  I just found it hard to believe that for two people who care about their kids so much that they wouldn't be trying to find her after she left Horizons and went on the run and everything.  

Now that I've said the not like, let's get on to what I LOVED.  Everything.  No, seriously, everything.   The entire book, from beginning to end, was completely and totally FABULOUS!  

Let's talk about those characters first!  

Mara - I love that she is so fierce and independant  and  loyal to her friends.  Even when things are weird, and crazy, and kind of shitty - she's just awesome.  

Jaime - this dude was, quite possibly, my favorite character in the entire series.  He's amazing - just seriously amazing.  And he's also really, really funny and makes references to Harry Potter.  How can you not love someone who references Harry Potter??!?!?!

Stella - Stella was a little different and more quiet than the other characters, but still pretty cool in her own right.  I felt like I didn't get to know her as well as the other characters, but I liked her all the same.  

Daniel - He was smart, funny, and really cared about his sister and her friends.  He was willing to do whatever it took to save them from Horizons and all the crazy they were going through.  

Jude - This kid was about 5000 different types of fucked up.  I mean, we're talking totally messed up.  That being said, he was such a well written character that you wanted him in the story if only to find out what happened to him.  

Abe Lukumi - I have to talk about Abe for a minute, because even though he really wasn't much of a character in the book, he still really kind of was.  He was around when Mara's grandma was young, he knew what was going on - all the supernatural stuff, everything.   Well, because most of it was caused by him!  He was a central character and important to the whole story - and even though he was a little crazy, I'm glad he was in the book.

Mara the Grandma - this woman started out as a meek, shy little girl and grew up to be kind of just as crazy as everyone else.  She was also a contributing person in the death of Noah's mom.  I hated her for that, but I loved that she was part of the story.  She was also really necessary to understanding Mara's history.

Mr. Shaw - Let's just put Mr. Shaw this way: Necessary evil, totally deserved to die. 

And Now The Actual Plot/Story:

The story m0ved along so well, and was so well-written that I didn't want the story to end!  The story tied together well and everything fit like it should have for the story.  There wasn't a single thing I would have changed.      

 And finally:

As if you needed anymore reminder of why Jaime is so cool, here are just a few of the funny things he says throughout the book:

"Taste the rainbow, bitch!"

"The freaks shall inherit the earth."  

And, now, my favorite quote of the book, from Noah, and a reason to just read the book:

"Even if what he says is true, I am simply out of fucks to give."


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