The Marian


The Marian is a wild, post-apocalyptic pirate adventure.  How much more do you need to know?

Ethan Denby doesn’t know how he got on the Marian. He went to sleep, age 15, in his home in Dallas, and woke up inside the body of the ship’s much older captain, Duncan.  Hundreds of years in the future.  In a world completely unfamiliar to him. A soulswap.

And the Marian is unlike any ship Ethan has ever seen. It crawls on long, metal legs over dunes of salt, all that is left of the world’s oceans. Due to a cataclysmic bomb in the not so recent past, water on earth has all but disappeared, and what remains is distributed by a corrupt corporation, HydroSystems, which tightly controls every drop. The Marian is a pirate ship, and the treasure it seeks is water.

Character development in this novel is excellent. Ethan obviously gets the most attention, with the reader being privy to his thoughts, while the secondary characters are discovered through their action and conversation. All members of the Marian’s crew have distinct personalities, and the twin mercenaries that join them will. Freak. You. Out. Jackie and Bonnie were great teens; in a world where their lives were at risk every day, they still managed to sound authentic as they bickered at one moment, then looked out for each other the next.  Tucker and Percy and Lester and the Navigator made believable shipmates, while the pale skin and intensity of the HydroSystems crews was just fantastically creepy.

The world building is FLAWLESS. If you don’t feel fingers of fear crawling up your neck at the images of endless salt dunes, dehydrated, sun-baked skin and the mysterious Cloud (Ground Zero for the bomb) where reality is ever-changing and fluid, you are made of sterner stuff than I.

The pace of the novel is a bit slow in the beginning, but that quickly changed a few chapters in. Once the characters were firmly in place, the action picked up, and the plot’s many twists and turns were edge-of-your-seat suspenseful.

There is violence, fairly graphic, but all in service of a really good story.  Appropriate for all teens. It is the first book in what promises to be a gripping trilogy.

The Marian is self-published, I can only assume.  I cannot, for the life of me, find any information about the publisher.  My apologies if it is incredibly obvious; it is quite likely  I’m still suffering from post-summer brain sludge.


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