Review: This intriguing debut novel from author Michelle Hodkin keeps the mysteries flowing from start to finish, making for a page-turner that is difficult to put down. Understanding what is happening to Mara Dyer is not an easy task for the character or for the reader. It’s difficult to determine what in the novel is real and what is imagined, but this only adds to the story: Mara can’t figure it out either. The novel acts as a bit of a theme chameleon as the plot progresses: part mystery, part tragedy, part romance and part supernatural thriller, Hodkin keeps the reader guessing throughout the novel. The result is an utterly original story that truly needs to be read to be understood. A very promising start to an intriguing new series.
Reading level: Grade 8+
Similar titles: Soul Screamers series by Sarah Vincent.
Themes: Death, grief, loss, post-traumatic stress syndrome, sanity vs. insanity, murder.
Awards/Reviews: Positive reviews from best-selling teen authors Cassandra Clare, Veronica Roth, Kristin Miller and Beth Revis.
Series Information: First installment in Mara Dyer series.
- - Research post-traumatic stress syndrome. Do you think it describes Mara’s condition?
- - Why do you think Mara is so reluctant to date Noah?
- - What do you think is the truth about Mara, Noah and their relationship?