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The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions) Hardcover – November 7, 2017
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"Hodkin continues to effectively build upon the dark, creepy world of Mara Dyer." (Booklist Online)
About the Author
Michelle Hodkin grew up in Florida, went to college in New York, and studied law in Michigan. She is the author of the Mara Dyer trilogy, including The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and The Retribution of Mara Dyer. Visit her online at MichelleHodkin.com.
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None of these things changed by reading The Becoming of Noah Shaw, however, I didn't care much for the writing style of this book. Perhaps it's because I didn't go back and reread the Mara Dyer Trilogy, but I found myself having a hard time following so many characters. The majority of the novel is written in dialogue, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I felt so isolated in Noah's head and he had such a sparse way of noting ANYTHING that I didn't really connect with the story. I think the plot was great, extremely triggering for those who are sensitive to suicide, but it was a logical next step for the series and the story. I just wish it would've felt more substantial and more rooted. Pages and pages and pages would pass with nothing but dialogue and tiny tags of Noah noticing how the speaker was acting. It was like listening to movie with no picture.
Still, I love Noah Shaw, and I think the series has come to an interesting point. I'll continue, but I do hope Noah's POV is more carefully considered in the next book. Being inside his head wasn't nearly as satisfying as I thought it would be.
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I had no idea that this book was a thing and when I saw it on social media I was so pumped. I immediately ordered it on amazon and the other day I decided that it was time to finally read it.
The book starts off with a bit of interest because they are at Noah’s dads funeral and something peculiar happens. Since it was an interesting start I was expecting it to be an action packed and intriguing book that would measure up to the Mara Dyer trilogy. Then they get to New York and there were some new characters that seemed to be adding a helpful hand into the making of the book. In this book you are truly able to decipher parts of Noah and Mara’s relationship that you had not thought of before. They have both been through so much trauma that could traumatize a person for life. Throughout the whole book it seemed that the author was building everything up in a good direction and that the book was going to be mind blowing. Then ... nothing. I kept thinking that this book would be so awesome because of the Mara Dyer trilogy, but it never came. I mean the end of the book I didn’t see coming, but it still didn’t make up for the lack of action throughout most of the book. I love Michelle Hodkin, but I felt like she had many missed opportunities in this book.
This book was suspenseful and mysterious, but a bit underwhelming. I was so pumped to read this book thinking that I would finally get to know what happens to everyone and finally get into the beautiful and intriguing mind of Noah Shaw. I really wanted it to be good, kept waiting for that moment like the other books where I just could put it down. That moment I was looking for never came. My only hope is that the next book in the series will have me more interested, especially since it had an interesting ending.
This has not made me doubt Michelle Hadkin’s writing. In my opinion it is just very hard to follow up an awesome series with another series based around the same world.
Honestly, I was glad she put them in there, as I feel if she didn't, more of that happened would have been a shock, so this lessened the surprise of the more graphic things. I was a little upset at the end of the story... I won't give anything away, but I didn't see that coming and I really hope what happened at the end can be fixed...