The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) – Michelle Hodkin

The villain is the hero of her own story.


Mara is being kept against her will at the Horizons by people who claim that they want to help her suppress her ability. But getting rid of her powers is the last thing Mara wants. Because what she wants is revenge.

Previously, I have been annoyed by Hodkin’s inconsistent writing style. But in this book it actually started to work out really well. She uses very beautiful language during those slower scenes, when she tries to build suspense. And when the action starts, she switches to very brisk, compendious writing. It works so well! I am incredibly impressed.

In this book Mara embraced her darker side and I really liked it. It felt very refreshing. I was surprised by her character arc in the best way possible.

Oh! And there was almost no Noah in this book which was a delightful treat.

The book starts out strong and stays that way until the end, with only a couple of slower chapters thrown here and there. I really enjoyed the pacing. It definitely kept me interested and engaged.

This entire series was built on mystery after mystery after mystery. So, since it’s the ending to the trilogy, I was excited to finally get my answers… but I didn’t get them. Yes, some things were resolved, but there is still of lot of loose threads. And at this point I don’t know if it’s messy writing or an attempt to make people read the spin-off series.

The next paragraph contains a minor spoiler.

And can we talk about that sex scene? How cringy was it? Ugh, I don’t know, maybe I am getting old. But if my non-french boyfriend started talking to me in french during sex I wouldn’t be able to do anything else but laugh at him. I am sorry, but instead of sexy, you just sound stupid. What a way to ruin the mood.

This would have been a pretty good, but unmemorable book if it wasn’t for the last line. The very last line in this book managed to change my entire opinion on this series and gave me deeper understanding of everything that happened in this story. I realized how many important messages it carries and how I managed to miss most of them. I am nothing if not impressed by that. That was one of the most surprising experiences in my entire reading career. Kudos to the author!

Content warnings: rape attempt, self-injurious behaviour, blood, needles


You can find this book on Goodreads and Book Depository


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) review

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) review

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