It had to end sometime, but Mara had no idea it would end like this. Experience the mind-blowing conclusion to the New York Times best-selling Mara Dyer trilogy.
Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she's been told.
She doesn't stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.
Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer's story. Retribution has arrived.
©2014 Michelle Hodkin (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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"Satisfying conclusion to an original story!"
As the final book in the trilogy, I found that the Retribution of Mara Dyer delivered a very satisfying conclusion to the series. It delivered ample suspense, moments of of smirking levity, romance, joy, sadness, and loss. A good book should deliver emotion, and I think between the story and Romano's narration, it did that.
With that said, the final book (as with the first two books of the series) was a bit long for the plot and could have used some extra editing to speed up the pace a bit. I understand the need for chapter breaks when switching between story lines but there were not enough of those to justify 74 (yes 74!) chapters. Unfortunately, in my opinion this book lacked some great plot twists that left me with a mouth-agape look of shocked surprise. I wish Hodkin had held back more information about various characters so that the conclusion to the story didn't end as predictably as it did.
In terms of the narration, I really liked Christy Romano. Her voicing for characters was varied enough that it was easy to follow conversations. There were only two negatives: occasional mispronunciations and some rather jarring voice-overs in parts of the book.
Overall, a good book that I couldn't put down.
the first two books were spell binding and flowed well. if you're expecting more of the same, this isn't it. characters have completely different personalities. the flow of the book is incongruous. if I didn't need closure so badly, I would have stopped listening after about 10 chapters. it's almost as if a different author wrote it and just needed to get it overwith. the bad launguage was totally unnecessary and added nothing to the story. if you're looking for closure, save yourself several hours and skip to the last 10 chapters. you won't miss a thing.
"Ended on an awesome note!"
RETRIBUTION was a very weird case for me in that the entire book was actually a bit lacking for me but the ending was so clever and very fun! It actually left me on a good note with the series which was nice because I was kind of frustrated with the overall feel of this book, especially as a series conclusion. It sort of felt like it should have been the “sophomore slump” you so often see in trilogies except this happened in the last book instead. Very strange!
RETRIBUTION was the least mysterious/suspenseful for me. There was a lot of action and some straight up “I can’t believe he/she just did that” moments but it felt more like shock value than actual suspense. I was totally bummed that I didn’t have as many “omg” or “wtf” moments as I had in the first two books. Book two was just out of control with crazy moments and RETRIBUTION kind of took a turn…
There was a lot going on in this book but things started to feel way more far-fetched. I mean, we’re dealing with possible paranormal, possible sci-fi, possible mind-messing, but things started to really stray here, I think. Without spoiling anything, I will note that there seemed to be a major character shift which really threw me off. There are new characters who gain more spotlight and other characters who end up moving to the back-burner or are completely (physically) absent for large chunks of the book. It kind of screwed up the dynamic for me and just plain felt odd to do in the last book when relationships are solidifying and answers are finally happening.
I was also not impressed with the new settings and scenery change. Again, it felt like the “sophomore slump” since that so often happens to me in book two even though this was the last book in the trilogy. I just really didn’t like the turn the book took and I felt like an inordinate amount of time was spent in this new setting with this new concept. I really felt like things could have been wrapped up quicker — or just differently all together — and the story could have continued with more suspense or crazy answers.
When it comes down to it, RETRIBUTION did provide a lot of big questions for me. My issue was that I wasn’t a big fan of how those answers came to be. I did like what the answers were but I wished things had played out a little differently to get there. Some scenes felt unnecessary and overdone when something simpler could have happened. It was paranormal, it was science, and yet it was neither. I was sadly not super impressed with the conclusion to the series but I was left on a high note with the very ending of the book itself. I wished parts in the beginning of RETRIBUTION had been more condensed and maybe played out a little differently. Overall, the series was fun but felt a little too dramatic to me when it could have been more suspenseful. The suspense and mystery was absolutely GREAT but I wanted so much more of it in the last book.
wel, I can't say that I loved the series but can't say I hated it either .. it is that kind of series that after a while you won't remember it at all .. Noah is another Edward with an accent but Mara was a strong character .. I loved Jamie (Jamal) he was the soul of these books .. I really wanted to know what happened to stella but I guess its an open ending there .. Daniel has always been my hero and I love him so much
I'm glad that I read the series but for me it is overhyped alot :)
"Disappointing last book and AWFUL narrator"
Maybe by Michelle Hodkin but never by Christy Romano.
I would recommend the first 2 books but I was very disappointed by this last one.
She was just terrible. All her intonations were wrong and she kept mis-pronouncing words such as "contraindication" which she said as "con-train-diction." She broke up sentences in an odd way, had a terrible English accent, and really wrecked the listening experience for me.
As a series, maybe.
It's too bad - I really liked the first 2 books (despite the narrator) and was looking forward to this one. I found myself rolling my eyes at too many spots.
An interesting concept if you can forgive the final book information dump, use of words like "shakily" and "prepily," the abundance of preteens making out on NY trains (Not being a New Yorker myself, possibly I am ignorant to the consistent presence of 9-12 year old couples sucking face on the subway?) and I would recommend just stopping before the quick back and forth POV shifts at the end.
"Don't Miss Out"
This book has so many twists and turns in it. The characters move locations opening your imagination and keeping you captivated. I recommend this series to anyone.
Jamie Is my favourite character because he's the jokester of the group. He keeps things light and easy when the book takes a tern for the worst. (something it does more than once).
I don't have a favourite scene. Its like the Deathly Hollows in Harry Potter. No one likes to read it but you have to because you love it and want to know every detail of the story. The book is a bit stressful while being enjoyable. It's hard to explain.
READ IT READ IT READ IT!
Great story with a lot of twists. Not predictable at all. Loved how she portrayed main character.
"Wonderful conclusion to this fast-paced YA series."
This is the final book in the Mara Dyer series and it was really well done. Mara has gone through so much throughout these books and it was amazing to finally see her get some...well...retribution.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was very well done. The narrator does an excellent job with character voices and does a great job at conveying character emotion.
Mara is committed in the New Horizons full time care facility and being tortured (and then made to forget that torture) over and over as Dr. Kells attempts to “turn-off” Mara’s ability. When Mara is given a chance to escape she embraces it (despite the violence of what she has to do to escape). In course of her escape she runs into Stella and Jamie and they make their way off the island. Then the three go on a mission to solve the mystery behind their abilities and who is behind the New Horizons facility.
This was an incredibly engaging read and very fast paced. I found myself coming up with excuses to listen to more of the audiobook when I should have probably been doing other things (oh, maybe I should clean out the closet right now so I can listen to the audiobook more…).
I felt so awful for Mara, this heroine has gone through soooo much pain and trauma throughout this series. It’s incredibly interesting that through all of this she still remains compassionate to others and absolutely tough as nails. The relationship between Mara and Noah is fascinating. Noah is supernaturally patient and understanding of Mara.
All of the surrounding characters are well done too. The story wraps up very nicely and realistically. I enjoyed it a lot. I do wish that Noah had been back in the story earlier on, but that’s pretty much my only complaint.
Overall this was a well done conclusion to a fast-paced and engaging series. I really enjoyed the complex characters, the intense action, and the mystery. I would recommend to those who enjoy fast-paced YA paranormal novels.
"Love, love,love the whole series!"
So sad that the story is over, I didn't want it to end!
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole series, it kept me wanting more of the story. I'm usually good at figuring out where the story was going and who's the villains are but this kept me wondering until the end. Great writing! Love how it ended!!! Hope there'll be more series like this.
"Is she crazy?"
As the second book in the series, I am still finding myself wonder is she actually just crazy? Then I change my mind and think no she has powers. Very much looking forward to how everything pans itself out.
Really enjoy Mara as a character and her grappling with the type of person she is.
"OH MY GOD .... that is all I can say"
I can't say much more than OMG this was crazy yet so amazing. I need more!
"The only problem was the British accent XD"
Great trilogy. Loved Christy Romano as the narrator but I imagined Noah's accent to be extremely different when I read the books so it was slightly irritating. But oh well!!!
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