Review: The Marian by Taylor Hohulin (Spoiler Free)

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Title: The Marian

Author: Taylor Hohulin

Genre: YA Pirate/Adventure/Some Sci Fi

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review.

Fifteen-year-old Ethan Denby doesn’t know how he got on the Marian. He just woke up one day inside the body of its captain.

The Marian is unlike any ship Ethan has ever seen. It crawls on long, metal legs over dunes of salt in search of water, despite laws granting exclusive harvesting rights to a corrupt organization known as HydroSystems Worldwide.

HydroSystems is closing in, tensions are mounting aboard the Marian, and on top of all that, Ethan is beginning to think the dreams he’s been having aren’t completely harmless. If he doesn’t get home soon, Ethan could die inside someone else’s body in this wasteland of a world. The only way back seems to be through the Cloud, but how can he convince the crew to take him there when it means confronting a dangerous cult and venturing into a place where the very fabric of reality has worn thin?






All shouty caps aside, The Marian was one of the best books I’ve read in a quite a while. I’ve been DNFing books left and right (post about that coming up soon), and The Marian was my breath of well written fresh air. All through the book, I found myself wondering why it wasn’t more well known. Taylor’s writing is truly great, even better than some of the more popular authors dominating the market today.

This world is crazy. The story takes place in a post apocalyptic world, where a bomb dropped, decimating the world’s water supply and turning oceans into giant salt dunes.

But Macy, I thought this was a pirate book? If there aren’t any oceans, how can there be pirates?

THE SHIPS ARE BASICALLY MASSIVE METAL SPIDERS. Instead of sailing the ocean, they literally crawl over all of these massive salt dunes. How cool is that?

It gets better. In this new world, there’s a place called the Cloud, where things aren’t ever what they seem. The Cloud is a place where reality itself is distorted, and those who have been to the Cloud often come back out..changed. It’s inhabited by the Priesthood of the Cloud. The Priesthood is terrifying, and everyone knows to stay away from them unless it’s entirely necessary. They’re some seriously creepy people!

The cast of characters are all loveable in their own ways. Ethan was a great narrator, and it was a pleasurable experience being inside his head. While he’s a bit on the young side for a YA protagonist, he was still mature for his age. To be honest, Jackie, who is supposed to be older than Ethan, acted younger most of the time. My favorite characters were definitely Kale and Kyle, mostly for their snarkiness.

Overall, The Marian is a great read. Four out of five stars.



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