Book Review: Merjella by Yuvaraja Dhayanithi


Book: Merjella

Author: Yuvaraja Dhayanithi

Publisher: Dreamblooms Media

Genre: A meticulously written ‘under-water’ fantasy fiction

In One Line: The sea holds more magic than man will ever know of!

Characterisation: The characterisation of the various underwater animals just like humans was interestingly done. For example, organ donation, alternative energy sources, state honour etc. But there were too many characters to remember! That constantly distracted my attention because I kept trying to remember who was being spoken about.

Naming of the various characters was quirky and yet sensible.

The main ones, Jella, Qwerty, and Bingo were pretty likeable. I would have liked to know a little more about the old Mimico though. His part ended a little abruptly.

Language: A few words here and there seemed to be superficial. For example, instead of using ‘cantankerous’ the easier word to use would have been, say, ‘bad tempered’. It would have gelled into the otherwise easy read of the book better.

Interesting quotes in the book is also something that should be mentioned here. Two of my favourites: “It takes pride to create, not to destroy” and “No victory is achieved without proper groundwork.”

Plot Setting: ‎Lots of ‘under sea’ experience shared. Be that about the octopuses’ three hearts, a heavy 200kg Nomura’s Jellyfish or the release of black ink by an octopus. What’s nice is that some facts are told in a new way – for instance only the healthiest fish being caught with a machine by a human has been described as the “funnel of God” by the fish!

Book Cover Art: For someone who loves craft work, the ‘quilling artwork’, Done by Ayobola Kekere as is mentioned in the book’s credits section, won me over. I was curious to know what role it had to play in the story. Even though the ‘quilling’ did not, I must admit that it was an innovative book cover.

How’s the Title: When you have read the book you know that the title is the name of the main protagonist. But till you have opened the pages of the book, the title can baffle you a bit. The book cover will probably give you an inkling of what the title means.

Is The Blurb Catchy: Yes it is. If you like fantasy, adventure and the sea then you are likely to pick up the book. Probability of it would rise if you had a ten-eleven year old at home who likes reading!

Learning From The Story: I loved reading the trivia about various marine lives that each chapter’s end brings.

It is a book that both a child can read and also can form an adult’s read. It is an interesting blending of fantasy that is easy for a child’s mind to comprehend and innumerable underlying inner meanings that only the mature mind can decipher.

Inviting the readers to write short stories based on the characters and sending it to the email ID mentioned right in the preface of the book was an innovative concept too. Yes, the author, has really tired to “think beyond what is thinkable”.

Areas Of Improvement:  Marina’s, the human character, story was a drag and I did not find it interesting at all. Instead of trying to club two stories together, concentrating only on the underwater ‘battle’ would have made the read a smoother one.

What Is ‘Said By Not Saying’: There’s always that one person who will lead the ‘fight for justice’ – believing in him makes sense for he has God gifted powers.

My Reaction When I Finally Closed The Book: smiley - smile   

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