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THE EXAMINATION OF MARA DYER was taken on [redacted] at the Horizons Residential Treatment Center for Behavioral Health. 31821 No Name Island, Florida. Video transcript time: 2:13 p.m.
Examination by: Dr. Deborah Kells
Also present: Mr. [redacted]
KELLS: Hello, Mara. My name is Deborah Kells, and this is Mr. ____. We’re here because your family says that you have agreed to residential treatment at the Horizons Residential Treatment Center for Behavioral Health on No Name Island, Florida, just off No Name Key. Is that correct?
KELLS: How much Amytal did you give her?
MR. ____: Forty ccs.
MR. ____: One hundred micrograms.
KELLS: And the midazolam?
MR. ____: Fifty milligrams. Same as the others. She won’t remember any of this.
KELLS: God, she’s like a zombie. Mara, Mara—are you awake? Do you understand me?
MARA: . . . Yes.
KELLS: Great. Thank you. Is it correct that you agreed to being treated here?
KELLS: Thank you. Now, if at anytime you don’t understand what I’m asking you, just let me know and I’ll try to make it clearer, okay?
KELLS: Now, you’ll notice that there’s a video camera in the room here with us. We want to record this just so we have a record. Is that okay with you?
KELLS: Excellent. Okay, Mara. Let’s start with the basics. What is your full name?
MARA: Mara Amitra Dyer.
KELLS: And how old are you?
KELLS: Where were you born?
KELLS: Where is that?
MARA: Outside Providence.
KELLS: Rhode Island?
KELLS: Thank you. Can you tell me a little about why you’re here?
KELLS: She’s struggling with the open-ended questions. Can we counteract the Anemosyne?
MR. ____: She might not be as cooperative.
KELLS: Well, she’s not exactly cooperative now, is she?
MR. ____: I’ll have to do it intravenously—
KELLS: Obviously. Just—
MARA: I hurt people.
MR. ____: Do you still want me to adjust—
KELLS: No, let’s see where she goes. Mara, who did you hurt?
MARA: My teacher.
KELLS: What was her name?
MR. ____: Her file says that her teacher, Christina Morales, died of anaphylactic shock in reaction to fire ant bites on [date redacted].
KELLS: Let me see.
MARA: Also a . . . a man. He hurt a dog. I—I—
KELLS: It’s okay. Take your time. Just tell us what you remember.
MR. ____: Rachel Watson, deceased, died Wednesday [date redacted] in Laurelton. Remains discovered at six a.m. with those of—
MR. ____: Claire Lowe, yes, as well as her brother, Jude Lowe—
MR. ____: Noah Shaw? I don’t—
MR. ____: Sorry—whoa. Did you see that? She just—
KELLS: What else is she on?
MR. ____: The hundred milligrams of Zyprexa, as prescribed prior to intake. It shouldn’t interfere.
MARA: [speech unclear]
KELLS: What did she say?
MR. ____: I don’t know. Jesus, look—
KELLS: Is she on anything else?
MR. ____: I don’t—
KELLS: Is she on anything else?
MR. ____: No. No.
KELLS: Does she have a history of epilepsy?
MR. ____: I don’t think so.
KELLS: Well, do you think or do you know?
MR. ____: No— Jesus Christ. Is that a seizure? Is she seizing?
KELLS: Turn off the camera.
MARA: [speech unclear]
KELLS: What did you say, Mara?
MR. ____: I’m going to call—
KELLS: Don’t call anyone. Turn off the camera. What, Mara?
MARA: [speech unclear]
MR. ____: Did she just say our names? Did she just say—
KELLS: TURN OFF THE CAMERA.
MR. ____: Oh, God—
[End video examination, 2:21 p.m.]
Revue de presse
PRAISE FOR the Mara Dyer Trilogy. "Haunting and dreamlike, the intrigue and romance of Mara Dyer will inescapably draw you in." -- Cassandra Clare "The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer strikes a rare balance of darkly funny, deliciously creepy, and genuinely thoughtful... her chilling descriptions to romantic scenes that almost crackled on the page. I've never read anything quite like it." -- Veronica Roth "A clever, captivating thriller -- perfect for those (like me) who like their heroes dark, their heroines dangerous, and their romances seriously twisted." -- Kirsten Miller "As spooky and twisty as it is lyrical and beautiful, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Read this one with the lights on." -- Rachel Hawkins "Will satisfy mystery lovers, dark fantasy seekers, horror believers, and readers who have a knack for romance." -- VOYA "Creepy, haunting, addictive and surprisingly romantic, Mara's story is beautiful and complex..." -- Romantic Times "A strong, inventive tale." --Kirkus Reviews "Complex, creepy and all consuming" Daisy Chain Books
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ATTENTION ! CHRONIQUES CONTENANT DES SPOILERS DES TOMES 1 ET 2 DE LA TRILOGIE.
Que ce tome s'est fait attendre, et désirer ! Chaque jour séparant le tome 2 du tome 3 a monté la barre un peu plus haute, et j'avais de grand projet pour nous (moi et ce tome là, je veux dire).
J'ai mis la note de 9 sur 10. Pas la note que j'espérais. J'imaginais un 15 sur 10 en vérité. Un 10 sur 10 aurait été cool. Mais c'est un 9. Mais c'est vrai que c'est une très bonne note. Alors, pourquoi pas 10 ?
Les premiers chapitres de ce tome final sont troublants, et attirants. J'ai senti que c'était le début de la fin, et que Mara allait être hors contrôle. Et pourtant... Plus les pages défilaient, et plus j'étais déçue. Qu'arrivait-il à mon héroïne préférée ? - Oui, j'ai plusieurs héroïnes préférées. Qu'arrivait-il a mon auteur préférée ?? - Idem. Le début de The Retribution of Mara Dyer est tellement brouillon et sans émotion, notamment lorsqu'on le compare aux deux tomes précédents, bourrés d'émotions, bourrés de ... de tout !
Mara devient sans âme, sans émotion, sans regret, sans peine ni douleur. Ou du moins, si elle l'est, ça ne se voit pas. Je me suis donc pris un coup de four dans la tronche. Et ça fait mal, si vous savez à quel point j'aime cette saga. Puis ce n'est pas tout, le duo Jamie-Mara, toujours complice, rend l'histoire trop simple, et les pages sont un chemin dénué d'obstacles et de difficultés.Lire la suite ›
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Retribution? Where?5 novembre 2014
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I’m not sure what’s happening with YA series these days. Book 2 in trilogies sets up all this promise, often being an improvement and/or equal to the first book, then the conclusion lets that promise slip into the aether. Conclusions should be satisfactory in some way, not make readers feel they’ve kind of wasted their time.
The Good: We get answers about Mara, her grandmother, Jude, Dr. Kells, and the connection/complication between Noah and her.
No resolution with the family besides Daniel. I really wanted to see Mara confront her parents (especially her mom) about what they had done to her, and see their reaction to being wrong. Instead we got one scene where Jaime mind influences them so Mara can go to New York. I have no idea how they handle Mara’s return later (it’s implied she’s somehow going to go to college, so I assume she’ll go home at some point? IDK), or how she will explain everything (or if she and Daniel decide to lie). Basically, two books with family drama that's ignored in the finale.
The Professor: I would have liked more insight into the person who was the master puppeteer of it all, along with a better understanding of his motivations. I was hoping he’d be called to task for his actions, that he might be one of the people who receives Mara’s “retribution,” but nope, all we get is a letter admitting some hubris and another plea for Mara to leave Noah alone.
Retribution: Where was it? Mara kills a few people, but based on the title I was expecting an epic take back of her life. Retribution or justice for what had happened to her and why she was the way she was, and maybe her fighting against her destiny, which leads to my biggest issues.
Mara/Noah: I don’t need endings tied with a bow, but after three books, I would’ve preferred more resolution to their relationship than ‘We’re doomed, but we’ll be together until it blows up in our faces.” I’d have taken a dramatic separation now or better yet – they find a way to circumvent their destiny. Or at least give the reader hope there’s a possibility. It’s just, yep, Mara is toxic to Noah and though he could be saving the world and achieve immortality, they love each other, so they’ll worry about that later. I suppose Noah will stay until Mara forces him to leave her, he feels guilty about skimping on his destiny and leaves himself, or he literally stays with her until he dies from them being together. I feel warm and fuzzy.
I have mixed feelings about the series now. I think there are a lot of cool ideas, and I thought Mara was an interesting/complicated protagonist, but it's as if the author didn't know what to do with the ideas and had no clear vision for how to end the story in fulfilling way.
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Great wrap-up for the series!5 novembre 2014
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NO SPOILERS YET! Overall, I was happy that this book wrapped up a lot of the open-ended plot points that existed throughout the series. Hodkin definitely tried to wrap things up and it showed in some serious explanations that are not for the speed reader. Multiple times I had to force myself to slow down and read to try and understand the explanations. She does a great job of keeping the book moving through a series of really unfortunate events. Definitely worth reading! 5 stars for trying to explain and close plot holes. Some of the things don't exactly make sense, but it could definitely have been my fault for not going slow and trying to get it all. I just wanted to know what happens! I feel like the character relationships suffered in this book and didn't warrant a 5 star review.
*************(Sort of)SPOILERS BELOW!!*******
I was, however, disappointed with the lack of romance and character development. The first two books set up some pretty serious romance and tension but for 2/3 of the third book, Noah and Mara are completely separated and we don't hear or learn anything new about Noah until the pretty shocking/intense climax of the book. Then the final romance scenes of the book can't really make up for a lack of all things Noah. Same thing with all Mara's family drama. I feel like we should have had more time with them and seen Mara get to explain to her family or try and resolve things. It seems like Hodkin tried really hard to wrap up the overall plot and ended up sacrificing character and family to meet that goal. My other issue with the book is the dissonance between Noah and Mara in the end. I was disappointed there wasn't more resolution to help them be more happy. They have to sort of settle for this awful future...I feel like with the amount of scifi powers(/things that don't really exist) Hodkin could have resolved things for them better. Figured out how to cancel each other out. I would love to see an epilogue set 20-30 years in the future to see that they did figure things out, rather than settle for hoping Noah and Mara had more than a few days/weeks/months before things end badly for Noah.
That said, I'm pleased with the effort Hodkin put in to successfully wrapping up the series. I will still recommend this book series to fans of YA/Scifi/horror. I really think this series would make an amazing movie because it's so creepy and takes place in a REAL SEEMING WORLD! The disappointing romance, few plot holes/unsatisfying explanations took away a little from an overall successful end to a great trilogy. Enjoy!
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In the end Mara showed who she really was...7 novembre 2014
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I really, really, REALLY WANTED to like this book, and parts of it I did, but the ending felt, contrived & pat to me. It was a very Twilight-y ending...
It has been awhile since I read the 2nd book so I read it again in anticipation of book 3, God it was good, but #3? I didn't like as much...
I enjoyed the extra details, the "mythology" behind why Mara & Noah are what they are, more of Jamie's character was worth the wait, but the rest? Meh...
After all Mara has been through, after all she knows, realizing she WILL BE the demise of Noah Shaw, does she do the right thing & let him go? Knowing staying with him will kill him? Nope. Mara shows that every bone in her body is as demented & selfish as her actions. Like in Twilight, Mara gets everything she wants...I'm not saying the poor thing didn't deserve it, she did...but there WILL be a major character death at Mara's hands: Noah, the storyline has stopped so the readers won't see it, but SHE WILL kill him.
That's the tragic part. Not lost teenage love, unsung emotions thwarted. It's the loss of what Noah could've been to the world in Hodkins universe. All because Mara Dyer couldn't see past her own desires for the greater good. This is what made my opinion shift towards Mara. If she really wanted to try & be good, to be better anyway, she would have let him go, not held on till she killed him.
But, that wouldn't make teenage girls swoon on about star crossed love & all that, selling less books. But those same teens, a little older & a little wiser will see that hey, maybe Mara really was the bad guy? Because she really, REALLY was. In not letting Noah go on to live a life of purpose, one that could've changed the world, Mara showed her true colors...that made me feel less sorry for her. She's taking something beautiful from the world & weakening it at the same time, that's just selfish.
3 stars because the other content in the book was really good...
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Disappointing5 novembre 2014
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SPOILERS: People lucky enough to read all three books back to back may not experience the same problems I had with Book 3. It came out long enough after I’d read Book 2 that Noah and Mara's relationship was not fresh in my mind, and with Noah absent for so much of this book, the chemistry-driven momentum went flat. When they did reunite, Mara had gone through so much without Noah that they seemed like strangers, so their intimacy felt awkward rather than like the culmination of long-held sexual tension. Other characters' warnings about Mara hooking up with Noah were sheer speculation and so ineffective as conflict for the couple to overcome. As another reviewer pointed out, we didn't get closure with Mara's family, who Hodkin brought to vivid life in earlier books. The fascinating ideas in the plot weren't explored in enough depth. Hodkin needed a Book 4 to adequately process all this. If I hadn't enjoyed the first two books so much I wouldn't have been as disappointed with this one.
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Still Eerie and Unpredictable5 novembre 2014
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****The entirely spoiler free part of the review****
I liked this book a little better than the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and the Evolution of Mara Dyer. In those we spent a lot of time on the romance aspect of the story and trying to decide is Mara really crazy or is someone out to get her. In Retribution WE KNOW someone is out to get her. She is still not an entirely reliable narrator as she is still suffering some ill effects of all the drugs, her genetic memory and her manifesting power. She isn't completely sane and there are still plenty of eerie creepy moments throughout but Mara seems a little less crazy this time around.
-- So. I'd finally lost it. "Not yet," my reflection said, looking amused. "But you're close." "What--what is this?" A hallucination? "Not a hallucination," my reflection said. "Guess again."
There is far more story happening in this book. Questions to be answered and Noah if he is indeed still alive to find. I was so happy that all those flashbacks to the past in the prior book finally started to make sense in Retribution as the past catches up to the present.
Mara is a little more homicidal in this book, I'm not sure she truly gets retribution but...she really stretches the confines of right and wrong and a few people end up dead at her hands. Some more deserved than others. She is not wholly a good person and the lengths that she is willing to go to scare even her closest friend Jamie and her brother Daniel. Is she the villain everyone else assumes her to be, I don't think so. But she isn't exactly a hero either.
-- "It has been said that there must be a villain for every hero, a demon for every angel, a monster for every god. Despite what we are, I do not believe this. I have seen the villainous act heroic, and men called heroes act villainous. The ability to heal does not make one good any more than the ability to kill makes one evil. Kill the right people, and you become a hero. Heal the wrong ones, and you become a villain. It is our choices that define us, not our abilities."
Some arcs are wrapped up really well. What the mutation is and how it is affecting each of the kids. What Dr. Kells is trying to accomplish and how she is involved. What is Jude's true involvement. Who is pulling all the other strings and is the money behind it all. What role Mara's grandmother played and why she committed suicide and much much more. However, there are a few things left a little open and this leads me to believe that Michelle Hodkin might return to this series later. Perhaps following Jamie on his adventures next or they could do The College Years.
*****Some Spoilers Below, You Have Been Warned*****
The story picks up again right after the events in Evolution and Mara is still at Horizons being tested on. This was so creepy stuff and I'm so glad that we weren't stuck here any longer than we were. Mara really surprised me a little since she went from possibly crazy to probably homicidal in 2.5 seconds flat. There were all kinds of reasons and I'm not saying the people she killed didn't deserve to die but our girl definitely started to walk on the darker side.
-- He must have seen my hesitation, because he whispered, "Good girl." I cocked my head. "You're not so bad, are you?" Those were his last words before I cut his throat.
I missed Noah in the book. Yes there were some great remembrances of him and the search for him but we had to wait sooo long almost 3/4 of the book to find out what happened to him. Good thing Jamie was there. He added the much needed comic relief and fun pop culture references to Mara's newly acquired homicidal tendencies. Plus eventually Daniel gets in on helping them follow the money trail to find Noah.
"You can be our Gandalf," I said, remembering our conversation from weeks ago, and smiling. "I'm only a year older than you. But I'll take it as a compliment, if you let me be Dumbledore instead." "If you insist." I shrugged. "But Dumbledore is more dead." "Point," Daniel acknowledged. "You're neither, actually." Jamie looked up from a file he was reading. "You're a muggle--" "Hey, now." "Which makes you Giles." Daniel considered it for a moment. "I'll take it."
And my nerd heart sores with the reference including Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The flashbacks to the past at least started to make a little more sense as we come to realize who they were really about. As they catch up to the present it becomes a little clearer who some of the puppet masters are and what their goals are. And here is where things got a little convoluted and confusing. I'm still not sure how Mara and Noah counteract each other exactly or why they need to. I'm not sure why Mara's Grandmother had the same ability but she didn't have anyone like Noah the Hero and was okay and learned how to control her gifts. This was the part that I wished I understood better than the explanation given that there needed to be balance.
-- "But Noah was like the Velveteen Rabbit. I would love his whiskers off, love him until he turned gray, until he lost shape. I would love him to death. And he would let me. Gladly."
We learn who paid off the fortune teller to give Mara that reading that if she stayed with Noah she would love him to ruins and perhaps the reasoning no matter how twisted behind it. There is the big build up to the show down at the end. Tension abounded and who knew what would happen to our favorite characters after they have just found each other again. I was genuinely worried for them both as anything could and did happen.
It wasn't quite everything I hoped it would be, it was close...really close. I'm fine with how most of it ended. I would have like to know a little more about Lukumi and how many other people's lives he is pushing in different directions. Or I would have liked Mara to get some kind of retribution against of few of the other people that made her life utter hell, but I'm sure they will get there due eventually. There also didn't seem to be much blow back for all the death that Mara dished out along the way, and that was swept away a little too easily but I'll accept it as is.
I know that some will have issue with how Mara and Noah's story was left but, I like it. I like that they are seventeen and you can't promise forever at seventeen. You can promise today and possible tomorrow but everything else is just day by day no matter how much you have been through. I think that the story is still a little open so that Michelle Hodkins could come back to this world later if she wanted to, or I can continue the story in my head on my own but it's also wrapped up well enough that I don't have to either, it is my choice.