The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin // We got some answers!


The Retribution of Mara Dyer

by Michelle Hodkin

Paperback, 470 pages

Published November 3rd 2015 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers


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.


What I liked

  • I know it’s been forever since I read other books in this series so I decided to read a recap instead of rereading the first two books.
  • While initially I’m still confused about the setting and characters, it didn’t take long for me to get into the story!
  • I feel like the writing flows better and it’s easier to follow the sequence of events that have been happening.
  • I mean, sure, there are still “wtf is happening is this real???” moments but at least it feels like it makes sense.
  • I miss Jamie and Daniel! I always love them both, the only one being purely supportive of Mara. Not that Noah is not supportive, but I’ll get to him later. I enjoyed seeing Jamie and Daniel taking more prominent role here!
  • Creepy moments it’s still there! Except we all know now that all the midfuckery is real so idk, I think it’s much more creepier.
  • And talking about creepy moments, I’m glad for Stella too. She represents what normal people’s reaction to Mara would be. Like we all rooting for Mara because we’re in her head but if we don’t know her intent, she’s sure a scary person to cross paths with.
  • We finally got answers! An underwhelming one, but answers nonetheless.
  • I love the pacing and the plot of this book. I think it manages to roll out its answers periodically so I keep being invested in the story. The plot also contains a lot of twists and while I’m a bit underwhelmed, I enjoyed reading this.

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What I didn’t like

  • I’ve never been a fan of road trip plot so the beginning felt long for me. Not that I did not enjoyed it, I just wish we spent less time on the road.
  • It’s realistic though seeing they were in a secluded island with no money, clothes, or any means to contact anyone sooooo….
  • Mara and Noah may be sweet but they are also very unhealthy in a way that they are codependent on each other. Throughout the book Mara is like “Noah?? Noah????” and I do understand. He’s the person that always believed and root for her and I think she’s in denial because if it’s true, than she did it to him. But she didn’t even think of her family as a motivation to survive this whole ordeal.
  • I feel like the powers and the symptoms manifested are symbolism for mental health in real life? I don’t know why I feel that way, but I might be wrong.
  • Tell me what you think about this though.
  • I’m fine with the science aspect of the reveal but the archetype??? Really????
  • It makes zero sense.
  • I feel like the few final chapters are unnecessary and dragged the book. A bit of fluff would suffice instead of giving us chapters.

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The Retribution of Mara Dyer is a great conclusion to one of the creepiest series I’ve ever read. While it’s not my favorite in the series (the first book is still the best!), it’s still full of twist and turns and creepy moments! I know we all love Noah, but I’m glad he barely made an appearance here as we got to know Mara as Mara, not Mara and Noah. I also love the cast of characters and pacing of the book. However, the reveal underwhelmed me and the few final chapters are unnecessary in my opinion. Despite my curiosity, I’m still on the fence regarding the sequel trilogy so I guess we have to see later.


7 thoughts on “The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin // We got some answers!

  1. I tried starting the sequel trilogy but I feel like I need to get all the books of this series first and try re-reading them. I remember next to nothing of this series. I just remember loving Noah.


  2. Wonderful review! I agree that the first book is the best of the series for sure 🙂 I loved that last one though and I’m such a big fan of the writing and atmosphere in these books, too. I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts if you decide to read the Noah series! I only read the first book, but was a little disappointed and didn’t go further than that for now.


    1. Thank you, Marie! I’m actually leaning on not reading the sequel as sequels tend to disappoint me (Shadowhunter series is the exception). I’ve also been seeing many meh reviews and I don’t want to “taint” my fondness for the series :/ I mean, I was as excited as everyone else for getting a Noah pov’s series, so we’ll see!

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  3. I’m glad you liked this one, Tasya! The first book in the series is my favourite as well because I loved not knowing if it was all in Mara’s head, or whether all the creepy stuff was actually happening. I remember being a bit underwhelmed with the Big Reveal as well but I think it fit with the story. I missed Noah in this book because I adore him, haha. But I definitely see why you liked him being away! We didn’t really get a lot of Mara by herself in the previous books.

    I have read two of the books in the sequel series (I don’t think the third is out yet) and I did not like them. In fact I HATED the first one and only barely tolerated the second. Which is incredibly sad as Noah was one of my favourite characters EVER and the sequel series just ruined him D:


    1. Yeah it does fit the story but I was expecting more creepiness I guess, from the reveal? 😂 Furthermore as I study genetics it’s kinda hard for me to buy it 100% and the clinical trials on human really make me uncomfortable :/

      I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the Noah Shaw trilogy and it ruins your love for the character 😦 It’s exactly what I’m scared of and unfortunately, one that I see in a lot of reviews.

      Thanks for reading, Chiara!


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