The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Two words: needs editing.
There's some serious (and I do mean serious) bloat going here. Pages of it. Chapters of it. As with the first book, we really didn't need 500+ pages. Tighter writing would have made for a much creepier book. As it was, the bloat killed the mood far too often.
And what's with the drowning motif on the cover? It's got nothing to do with the actual plot, so I'm guessing that some editor said "hey, this is an art trend so let's go with that for this book!". Bad choice.
Mara's story continues with her in an asylum, then in outpatient care, then ends up at a remote residential facility where Bad Things Happen. Is Jude really alive? Is it all a hallucination? Can Noah save her? Will Noah save her? Is Dr. Kells on the side of good, or bad? And what about the rest of the members of her group? Can we say cliche? I was also unimpressed with the Audrey Rose-esque references to "genetic traits" and Jungian archetypes.
ARC provided by publisher.