So this is a dangerous one since this trilogy has a very mixed set of reviews. I, for one, back in the day when I read it, loved it to bits, so maybe a few will share my feelings here?
To whoever actually reads my reviews (thank you),
“Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.”
― Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Meet Mara Dyer. Your very average teenager. Except not.
Her life is turned upside down when a tragic “incident” occurs, resulting in the death of her best friend, boyfriend and her boyfriend’s sister.
Weirdly enough, she comes out of that “incident” without a scratch—unharmed.
Problem is, she seems to not be able to recall anything about it. Why did they go to that place? What were they doing? What happened? Why is she the only one alive? And so on.
Since she was seemingly traumatised by what had happened, her parents decided that they ought to move to another place and start a new life there; with her and her two brothers.
But then things get from worse to worst; when she starts seeing people that aren’t there; things that can’t happen; and hears words that weren’t spoken.
As a result, she’s whisked off to a mental asylum.
But that’s not your average story anymore.
“If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If we were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.”
― Michelle Hodkin,
There’s Noah, the English boy who believes in Mara and won’t stop at anything to help her. Literally.
And there’s the psychological thriller, mystery, adventure and slight horror along the lines.
It’s, in a way, science fiction. Because it makes sense, scientifically.
So here’s the reason why I’ve been captured by these books (I’m done with all three):
The characters don’t give up. You live in a world where, when you tell the truth, you’re mentally ill and a liar; and when you tell the lie, you’re healthy and normal.
Which isn’t something easy to cope with.
“The villain is the hero of her own story.”
― Michelle Hodkin, The Retribution of Mara Dyer
You see the characters slowly, yet surely, starting to believe in themselves; starting to accept who they really are. (It’s not just about your characteristic; it’s way more than that)
When I say that they literally break all the bonds; I genuinely mean it.
Because you can’t defy faith, and you can’t defy destiny either.
But they did. In their own way.
You learn to choose whether you want to be the feather, the dagger or both. And once again, your choices would make you who you actually are.
I haven’t felt such a connection to a series or a trilogy since The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices; so it’s been such a pleasure to rekindle those well-hidden emotions.
Another disclaimer: My reviews were written long back, so although these aren’t my ‘at the moment’ views, they’re still a 100% genuine.