REVIEW ✧ THE RECKONING OF NOAH SHAW

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Noah Shaw confesses all in this second novel of a chilling new companion series to Michelle Hodkin’s New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer trilogy!

Noah Shaw doesn’t think he needs his father’s inheritance.
He does.

Noah believes there’s something off about the suicides in his visions.
There is.

Noah is convinced that he still knows the real Mara Dyer.
He does not. 

Everyone thought the nightmare had ended with Mara Dyer’s memoirs, but it was only the beginning. As old skeletons are laid bare, alliances will be tested, hearts will be broken, and no one will be left unscarred.

I know that there’s a lot of issues surrounding this spinoff and that people don’t like the content and the triggers, blah blah blah, but let’s be real: you should’ve known what you signed up for because you read Mara Dyer before this. You know what this is about. You know how dark this is. What would make you think otherwise? Anyways, now that that is out of the way, I yet again loved this book. I’m sure I sound insane because clearly not a lot of people are enjoying this series but I really don’t care. I love it, I think it’s great. So, the way that the previous book ended was something that made me want the second book immediately and I’m glad that for me, personally, it was worth the wait. It definitely took a direction I didn’t expect but enjoyed nonetheless and honestly, this book was quite informative. I have very good reasons for why I liked this book and why it was so good so please, hear me out. It’ll all make sense. I promise.

Because this is the second book in a series, I might reveal some spoilers so a SPOILER ALERT is now in effect.

THE GOOD

  • The most important thing we all need to note and remember about this series is that it is a COMPANION series to Mara Dyer. It’s not supposed to be its own individual thing, it’s not supposed to have its own format, it’s supposed to compliment its predecessor. And guess what? This book does that perfectly. If you remember, back when we all read The Evolution of Mara Dyer, that most of that book was full of information about whatever the hell was happening to Mara and all this history of her grandmother. Now, looking at this book, pretty much the same thing happened with Noah. He was able to go into his memories and see the “origin story” of his great-great-grandfather, much like Mara did with her grandmother. If this was a standalone, I would give you the argument that nothing happened in this book. However, looking at the series as a whole, looking at what happened in Mara’s second book, a lot did truly happen. We got historical context, we got answers to where Noah was when he was missing from Retribution, and we found out the reasoning behind all the suicides (which I’ll talk about in a bit). It honestly doesn’t appear like a lot happened plot wise but because we got answers, because we saw Noah go deeper into his history, a lot did, in fact, happen. Especially when we compare it to Evolution and truly see how much they compliment each other. I’ve always thought Michelle Hodkin was a fantastic writer and now I think she’s a genius for how well thought out her books are. Oh, and I still love Noah’s narration and voice throughout and it’s quickly become my favourite thing.
  • The dynamic between Noah and Goose was probably my favourite part of this book. Previously, we’ve only seen Noah with Mara, sometimes with Daniel, but outside of that he’s never really had anyone in his life. We know how he has issues trusting people and letting others in so it was really nice, and a bit refreshing, to see how different he is when he lets someone else in. It’s clear that this relationship with Goose goes so far back that it’s not something we should even be questioning, but since being in America he hasn’t been able to see him and I like how there’s this reconnecting vibe to them, yet they’re also picking up from where they left off. They’re two people who need each other in their lives and I don’t think they should be functioning without one another. Goose is honestly just a lovely person and I never want harm to come to him, but I’m really glad that he and Noah have each other.
  • I think this overall story is 100% centred around the professor and this grand scheme that he has for everyone and while that wasn’t entirely clear in Mara Dyer, it’s quite clear now. I’m still a bit fuzzy on what he’s actually trying to accomplish, but it’s obvious that he’s the antagonist in this universe, purely because everyone he’s ever come in contact with want him to die. I hope that Hodkin knows how to wrap all of this up and has a good explanation for it so I’ll continue to have faith.
  • That cliffhanger had me screaming and I cannot believe that’s gonna happen. I actually don’t want to talk about it because it’s too much. But a great way to end a book, honestly.

THE BAD

  • I honestly didn’t like the reasoning behind the suicides purely because I don’t understand it. All of a sudden Sophie appeared and we were told that she’s been creating illusions to make the artificial carriers kill themselves, which again, is because I’m fuzzy on her power. I think I understand that these carriers need to die so the originals can get theirs back or have their powers become stronger, but I’m just a bit lost on all of it and what it has to do with the professor and Mara’s grandmother. I’m hoping it’ll be cleared up in the third book.
  • I get that there was no Mara in this book, because her and Noah weren’t speaking, but the fact that I was deprived an entire book of Daniel Dyer is not something I am ok with. I miss my boy.

THE BOTTOM LINE

  • This series is titled The Shaw Confessions and things were absolutely confessed. Don’t let people tell you that nothing happened in this book because there was a lot that did happen, if we look at it objectively. We learned more about Noah, got some answers we desperately wanted, and are finally beginning to see the root of the entire universe, which is great. It’s also a perfect complimentary book to the Mara Dyer series and I will never stop saying that.

BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Reckoning of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #2)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Release Date: November 13, 2018
Pages: 368 (Hardcover)
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Until next time,

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