The Evolution of Mara Dyer is the second book about Mara Dyer, supposed crazy teenager, only she’s not. For some reason she has these powers, although...moreThe Evolution of Mara Dyer is the second book about Mara Dyer, supposed crazy teenager, only she’s not. For some reason she has these powers, although admittedly she seems to have killed a few of her friends and several animals. So of course, she’s a little crazy even though the reason people think she is such is somewhat accounted for. Following the first book, Mara wakes up in the hospital and seems to be on track to a residential home. She tries to keep herself calm and figure out a way to get home sooner than later. She manages to convince her mother into outpatient day school. Noah tries to keep her grounded as they figure out what her ex-non-dead-boyfriend is doing and wants from Mara.
So, there were some problems with this second book. Out of left field Mara starts having these flashback visions, taking her back in time. I’m not sure where this is leading yet, but there’s another book yet to come. It fits but it seems sort of dramatic since there was nothing of this nature in the first book. Of course, I listened to them back to back, so maybe I’m forgetting something. I found the situations intriguing but also distracting, as there was enough going on beyond that.
At the beginning of the book, Mara discovers that her powers may be hereditary and that her grandmother supposedly killed herself. Then also there’s a big reveal towards the end of the book that really made me go “what the heck is going on!”. I feel like this was a set up for more questions than answers given. There also was a lot of sexual tension between Mara and Noah that I honestly enjoyed (guilty pleasure) and the narrator of the book makes Noah sound so amazingly delicious…
Back on topic, I’m starting to see the wider picture here, as Mara and Noah are not the only two with special powers. I’m not sure exactly what direction this is leading in, but I’m definitely intrigued into what will happen next. Despite the flaws, the audiobook was a compelling read and I found myself finding excuses to listen in for hours.
The second volume in this series leads to more questions and some interesting plot directions. Lots of swoon-worthy scenes mixed in with the mystery and intrigue. (less)
The Wrenchies was a beautiful read, if not a bit confusing. I loved the artwork, I loved the settings and the colors used to portray a post-apocalypti...moreThe Wrenchies was a beautiful read, if not a bit confusing. I loved the artwork, I loved the settings and the colors used to portray a post-apocalyptic world where only children survive. Once you close in on adulthood, the Shadowmen come for you. These kids form gangs and this one follows the Wrenchies, a group that is filled with interesting characters. Unfortunately, after killing some Shadowmen, they find their name written on a paper and know that they are after their gang, who seem too good at killing off the wretched, freaky creatures that look like warped men in suits.
Then it gets even trippier as multiple dimensions are introduced. The basic premise being that the creator of this world and the Shadowmen is a comic book artist, who has been captured and needs to be rescued. The scientist, a large towering man that is somewhat of a legend is supposed to guide them and brings in characters from other worlds – include a set of grown Wrenchies from the comic series and a boy named Hollis, a chubby boy who wears a superhero costume everywhere.
As much as the plot got a bit messy and at times, I reread and went back to see if I had missed something, I realized I would just push past and enjoy the ride. I loved the illustrations, the characters that were built. It’s a bit gory at times, and the Shadowmen shove their fingers in the eyes of their victims which is quite an appalling way to meet your end. I like the length, giving enough space for the plot to push around into some strange events.
A messed- up graphic novel, in both good ways and bad. Not a book for everyone, but one I enjoyed and may even reread.(less)