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JURYOKINE

Human or Sorakine, Adventure All The Same

By Hejin57, author of Music Masters

Dec 27, 2018: As I’ve said before, young adult adventure stories can be hard to write.

There’s a delicate balance between the familiar and the innovative, and often times I see a lot of these stories try to juggle between being super original yet mainstream enough to succeed.

The thing is, those things don’t matter so much in the end. What truly matters, is good writing, good characters, a good narrative, and most of all, the sense that the author poured their heart and soul into the work.

Juryokine hits all of these marks in spades, a story that deserves praise and attention and no doubt will recieve it with time.

It’s a relatively simple premise, revolving around a modern-esque world full of humans and a winged race of enhanced peoples known as the Sorakine. The two races haven’t been on the best of terms since time immemorial, and the plot begins when a strange phenomenon known as Gravity Storms begins ripping and tearing at their shared world.

The author has clearly spent quite a bit of time and effort crafting this world, from its dialects, to fictional elements and energies, to the Sorakine as a race themself. I admit that at first they seemed somewhat shallow and uninspired to me, but thankfully, I was quite pleasantly surprised.

Enter Cassitoka Gnasher, a young inventor concerned more with higher learning than adventure. By chance, he meets one of these Sorakine, a young, headstrong girl named Zashiel, who imparts on him a quest. By her very own being, she gives him the chance to become a Juryokine, a sort of fusion of human and Sorakine, in a mission to save both their races from unknown destruction.

The setup is great, building upon the premise and unwrapping into a mystery with satisfying twists and turns. Great reveals are abound, from a mysterious spear-wielding villain, to others of Zashiel’s people that are not so fond of hybrids, to even the antics of Toke’s classmates, parents and otherwise. Characters are not many in this story, but this is indeed a strength. The characters that are there are strong and extremely well-developed, helping move the narrative and never feeling extraneous.

And what a narrative it is. I won’t spoil it for you, but it hits a sort of pulp adventure feel in all the right places. Think Flash Gordon meets a little bit of Infamous with some stylings of your typical coming of age story for good measure. It’s a rousing tale that gets you invested quick and keeps on the edge of your seat from there on in.

Like all things though, it’s not perfect. There are some moments I felt could have been fleshed out, as we didn’t see or learn much about the Sorakine beyond Zashiel herself and another introduced later. I think the mystery was intentional though, to be saved for another book. Grammar, sentence structure, and dialogue is all on point however. It’s professionally done, and clearly edited countless times I’m sure.

Beyond these things, there’s not much more to say. This is a fantastic, well-thought-out, and fun read that I think everyone and anyone can jump right into it.

Check it out, and maybe you’ll get swept up into the air of adventure by a Sorakine before you know it.

I’ll see you all in the sequel.

Final score: 4.5/5

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