Title: The Hunted
Author: Taylor Hohulin
Genre: YA Steampunk/Sci Fi
Publication Date: August 17, 2015
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review!
In the distant future, water is more valuable than gold, and the very fabric of reality has been damaged.
This bleak world is foreign to fifteen-year-old Ethan Denby. He isn’t from this time, and even his body belongs to someone else.
In a desperate attempt to return home, Ethan has killed a high-ranking government official. With blood on his hands and a bounty on his head, Ethan finds himself the target of an army of mercenaries, all bearing the same strange mark. As he flees, Ethan turns to the only source of hope he has left, but will the dark power it contains consume him and his companions before they can find the answers they need?
The Hunted is a wild post-apocalyptic adventure, equal parts Dark Tower and Pirates of the Caribbean. It is the second book in The Marian Trilogy.
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Now that we’ve gotten that little bit of business out of the way, it’s review time. As this book is the second book in The Marian Trilogy (my review of the first book can be found here) I’m going to be intentionally vague so I don’t spoil any awesomeness on accident. 😉
The Hunted was an amazing follow up to The Marian. You won’t find any middle child (book) syndrome here, my friends. If anything, The Hunted is even more action packed than The Marian was. The stakes (and tensions) are even higher now for almost every character. I’m talking life or death, people. Ethan and the crew of The Marian are in some very VERY real danger throughout this book, and there were points when I was freaking out, worried about everyone.
To be honest, I thought I was going to stick my finger through my Kindle screen a few times because I was turning pages almost violently..
Taylor’s writing style is once again extremely enjoyable and easy to read. The story has a nice flow to it, and I found the whole thing to be extremely fast paced due to the insane tension from the story. Putting this book down for any reason was basically torture. I *needed* to know what happened!
We’re reunited with Ethan and the crew, but Taylor also introduces us to a few new (extremely kick ass) characters, like Scarlet. Scarlet is a teenaged mercenary that isn’t too sure that killing people for a living really is what she wants to do anymore. At first, Scarlet’s storyline is more or less separate from the crew of the Marian, so it’s really interesting to see how Taylor weaves the two storylines together. The awesome thing about Scarlet’s introduction is that we get to see a little deeper into the world of a mercenary, and see what their society is like and how it operates.
The Hunted really turns up the heat and raises the stakes, leaving you dying to have the final book in the series. If you haven’t checked out this series already, this is me telling you that you have to, right meow. 😉 The Hunted is definitely a 5 star read!