Author- Yuvaraja Dhayanithi
Publisher- Dreamblooms Media
Jella is different from other octopuses and only two people knew this, her father and Mimico. Jella along with, Qwerty and Bingo is all set to find out some answers and reach a distant land. But something happens in between.
Marina, a scientist, falls in a trap and meets Jella. She is in a great need to know what is happening to her at the present hour.
What happens when Marina and Jella join hands? What happens when Qwerty is far? Will the trio unite back to fight against the evils residing in Zypher?
The title suits the book. Merjella is the name of the protagonist in the story. And what’s better then it being the showman.
Cover of the book is attractive. The story is like a fairy tale and the targeted audience is youth and kids, as mentioned by the author. Thus the radiant colours, pumped up image of the jellopus, Merjella, looks very exciting. The blue base suits perfectly to denote the watery aura.
There is a vast range of characters in the book, or to be clear, creatures. You come across so many names and kinds of fish which the sea world possesses. The focussed ones are the Jellopuses and malojels. The terms are new and fascinating. Like human beings, the fishes are also divided as good and bad, supportive and offensive. It’s nice to read all the traits of these creatures.
Also, at the end of the chapters, author has explained the new fishes and words that might increase knowledge. Extra points for that. Out of all the characters, I loved Mimico, Bingo and Ryan.
Third person narration, quite painless it was. The author seemed to enjoy what he was doing and that can be easily seen in the art of narration. It takes you ahead without any boredom. With every chapter, things become better and better.
Merjella is the story of a special kind of octopus, Jellopus Jella. The journey is on break and there comes a very vivid flashback from Mimico who is on a special task, assigned by Jella’s father, ruler of Zypher. The story starts at a normal pace, with no surprises, other than Jella being different from her thousands of siblings with a motive. The best part is the clear showcase of the antagonists in the story who are in action from the very start.
The story progress and suddenly there is an addition of Marina. The image of how Jella is transformed and how things get attached is something new and exciting. What I didn’t like is the way Marina’s story is forwarded; it becomes confusing as the time pass by. But what is nice is the way the connection proceeds in moving terms.
The best part of the book is when the things get sorted in Jella’s world. The fight of Jella is really breathtaking. And with every punch, with every knock down, with every cheating tactics, you start seeing the scenario with more clarity. The results are out and for sure it will leave a wide smile on your face. Jella and her story is the saviour of this book.
The story is framed to treat the kids and thus the short messages of loyalty in the form of Mimico, the message of friendship in the form of Bingo and Qwerty and the message of touching our target in the form of Jella are shown in the book. The book shows us that villains are often equipped with treachery and fall-means. But at the end nothing works. The message is nice and the entire book surely touches its finish line, neatly.
· “...it take pride to create, not to destroy.”
· “I am being loved. I am being listened.”
· “...the time we spend thinking of the other keep our love alive.”
· “Rewards without wins are meaningless while wins with no rewards will still earn your honour.”
The small notes at the end of some chapters were the highlight. The beautiful world beneath water was tremendously shown. It would have taken many many days of planning for the author. The fishes of different origin were a nice way to bring freshness. The villainous traits in some fishes were shown, the smarter ones were in vision too and the two extremist groups were brought up out of the box.
As the end was approaching, the things got packed badly with one another. Two stories moving parallel can sometimes become hard to manage. The settings were shifting within the chapter and it didn’t work well.
Marina’s side of story was not up to mark. Many characters were not explained with precision. Thus they lost their significance, and at the end when they had important roles, you need to turn pages to know who they were actually.
If old fairy tales don’t take your child or sibling to another world, then this book can help. Also if a kid inside you wants to take a ride back, then you can try Merjella.