Now that we have had time to read The Evolution of Mara Dyer, what better way to wrap our minds around it than to recap the important information we gained in the first two books of the series? Spoilers for both The Unbecoming and The Evolution will be plentiful; consider yourself warned.
Jude is alive.
This is one of the larger cliffhangers from the first Mara Dyer book. Mara continues to see Jude in various places, and she writes it off as hallucinations related to her Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. But at the end of book one Mara sees Jude at the police station and she knows he’s alive. This is confirmed in book 2, when Jude begins threatening Mara regularly. She may not be able to prove it to her doctors or her family, but it’s clear that Mara wasn’t hallucinating Jude. He IS still alive. But how was he not crushed by the asylum? Why is he keeping himself hidden? And why does he have it out for Mara?
Mara is not crazy.
One of the interesting things about Mara as a narrator is that she’s not totally reliable. In book one, neither Mara nor the reader was really sure whether the freaky stuff Mara experienced was a hallucination, reality, or some combination of the two. In the second book, it becomes clear that Mara’s PTSD is not as big of a factor as you might have originally thought. Mara has a clearer grasp on reality and starts to be able to differentiate reality from hallucination. Lo and behold, most things are not hallucinations, and Mara’s perspective becomes much more stable, even if everyone around her (save for Noah) thinks she’s getting crazier.
Mara and Noah have always been connected.
In the first book, Mara and Noah have an instant connection. Not instalove, thankfully, but a sense of recognition and familiarity. Noah eventually tells Mara that he saw her in one of his dreams before he ever met her. It seems odd that Mara, with her apparent power to kill, and Noah, with his power to heal, would find each other randomly. In book 2 we learn that Mara and Noah were connected long before they ever met. Which leads me to #4…
Nothing is accidental.
We don’t know who, but someone (or something?) is orchestrating the mess that is Mara Dyer’s life. There’s a connection between not just Mara and Noah, but others with similar unique abilities. It seems that perhaps the abilities themselves were not purely natural, but rather the result of medical, spiritual or genetic experimentation. Not only that, but there’s somebody who has an eye on Mara and is manipulating her to serve their benefit. We don’t know yet exactly who they are or why they are doing it, but we know it’s not well-intentioned.
We still don’t really know the full extent of Mara’s special abilities, but we know we haven’t seen everything.
In book 1, we saw a connection between Mara’s strong emotions and her ability to kill. Neither Mara nor the reader know exactly how it works – she can’t just make it happen at her will – but it’s clear that she can be very destructive. In book 2 we don’t necessarily see a lot more of Mara’s power, but we begin to understand that it is a real, tangible thing that she may be able to learn to control and use to her benefit. Mara sees it as a curse, but book 2 hints that there may be more to it than that.
Something really strange is going on in relation to a young girl and a doll in India.
I remember reading about the photo of Mara’s grandmother in the hallway in book 1 and having the image stick with me. In book 2, Mara learns more about her grandmother, who was supposedly crazy and exhibited many symptoms similar to Mara’s. We’re also treated to some truly bizarre chapters focusing on a past tense India. They seem to be dreams of Mara’s, but when events from the dreams are proven to have really happened, the nature of the dreams becomes unclear. Are they memories? If so, are they Mara’s memories, or are they memories somehow passed to her through her grandmother? Someone else? Whatever the case may be, it’s clearly important to the bigger picture.
We still don’t really know much.
Book 2 answered just enough of our questions to satiate us while still keeping us guessing. Mara’s life is still a big mystery, both to her and to readers. There are some clues here and there, and some hints of what’s to come in book 3, but let’s be honest – we still have no idea what’s going on. And I don’t know about you, but I’m still totally okay with that! It gives us plenty to talk about.
Do any of you other Mara Dyer fans have theories about what’s happening? Comment with any ideas you have and what you think might happen in book 3, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, coming sometime in 2013. (But not soon enough; am I right?!)