Author: Michelle Hodkin // Published: November 13, 2018
Noah Shaw wants nothing more than to escape the consequences of his choices.
He’s sure the memories that haunt him are merely proof of a broken heart.
He thinks he can move forward without first confronting his past.
Thank you Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for sending a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Michelle Hodkin is one of my absolute favorite authors. I was almost sobbing when I received an approval to review this book. Noah is one of my favorite characters ever. Reading from his point of view is a completely different experience than when we were reading from Mara’s perspective. I read this one in two days just like the previous book. Something about Michelle Hodkin’s writing always manages to keep me immersed even if there isn’t anything happening yet.
We pick up from where we left off in the first book and we follow the adventures of Noah and Goose. Now, as much as I adore the characters I couldn’t help but be a bit confused with where the story was going. I felt like I didnt get enough time to process what happened before the next event took place and revealed something new. It was nice to get a bit more information than what we previously had. Though it made room for a million new questions.
Noah and Goose end up travelling around quite a lot. Noah also ends up discovering and remembering a few things he didn’t pay attention to before. The events that took place helped in understanding what was going on in the previous book, as well as in The Mara Dyer trilogy. We dove into Noah’s past and that included some of his ancestors. Despite the book lacking Mara, we did unravel a few events from her side of the family, including her grandmother.
My head was buzzing with questions that I was hoping this book would reveal. It answered a few and added a bit more to the list. I’m assuming we have one more book left in this trilogy, and despite not enjoying this one as much as I wanted to I cant wait for the last book!
Trigger Warning: Suicide, drug abuse and self harm.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michelle Hodkin is the author of the Mara Dyer Trilogy, which was a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling series. The trilogy, which includes The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and The Retribution of Mara Dyer, was described as “haunting and dreamlike” by Cassandra Clare and “darkly funny, deliciously creepy, and genuinely thoughtful” by Veronica Roth. Lev Grossman has called Hodkin “One of the greatest talents in Young Adult fiction.” The novels were praised by Romantic Times, MTV’s Hollywood Crush, and the Los Angeles Times, and books from the series appeared on several state reading lists. Additionally, The Retribution of Mara Dyer was selected as one of TIME.com’s Top 10 YA Books of 2014. Hodkin grew up in Florida, went to college in New York, and studied law in Michigan, before finally settling in Brooklyn last year.