Review: The Retribution of Mara Dyer (novel) by Michelle Hodkin

The Retribution of Mara DyerThe Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It’s been over a week since I had read this book, so my review won’t be as thorough. However, I’ll point out some things I do remember that made me rate it as 3 stars instead of 4 or 5.

So, things are a little nutty in a metaphorical sense. So many things happen, and not all of them good, that it makes me question why the author wrote Mara the way she did.

I mean, throughout the first three books, Mara is distraught over the kinds of things that she’d done unintentionally. But then when she is able to manage it, it seems she no longer feels distraught about the things she does willingly, even though, when you think about it, she should. At least, I think she should feel some kind of regret or remorse or guilt for it. But no. Because she knows what she can do and knows how to do it, she doesn’t care if it could possibly be a bad idea to do so?

Mara gets retribution, I suppose, but not in the best of ways, and certainly not to the people that were directly involved in what happened to her.

The mystery part of this story, the connection between past and present storylines is finally revealed, of course, but for me, it wasn’t very fulfilling.

I really can’t agree with a lot of what was done and a lot of what Mara did. And being that these characters are ultimately teens, maybe the idea is that they’re still young and immature. However, I also don’t like the idea about the characters not seeming to understand the value of other people’s lives, or just learning more from their experience.

Not only that, not all questions were answered, sadly. I was left wondering about a few things I wish were dealt with. Oh well. Can’t always have all the answers, right?

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