If you happen to be in the halls of the WarWings Military Academy, be careful because Gork is on his Queen Quest and he may run you over. That big dopey dragon there is Gork The Terrible and stopping isn’t one of his better qualities. Also, you’re a human – it’s probably not safe to be at a military academy for dragons to begin with.

Weak Sauce… er, I mean Gork is your ‘normal’ dragon, by that I mean he’s not a robot, he has scales, wings and breaths fire. Although Gork is ‘normal’ he’s not quite up to par with the standards of what a terrible dragon aught to be. This weakling Gork however, somehow still made it to his graduation without being eaten by much meaner dragons.

What a champ.

gorkHe does have one final task however – get himself a queen so he can conquer a planet and colonize it with his offspring, you know; standard dragon stuff. If Gork fails at getting a queen the consequences are dire… Gork becomes a slave. His chances at succeeding at this task seem slim. His tiny horns and low class ranking doesn’t make him too desirable for prospective queens. But that is not Gork’s only problem, his uncle, Dr. Terrible seems to be up to something uh hem, terrible.

Gork lives in a world that has already met the dragon version of the singularity – many of his peers are robots and the machines he interacts with have artificial intelligence programs with consciousness – they are able to make decisions without outside input. Gork’s environment is completely militarized and violent which makes it tough for a dragon with feelings and a love for poetry. In many ways Gork’s story is allegorical of the western world. Whether intended or unintended, this book had plenty of commentary on militarized culture which is something I personally enjoyed.

GORK, THE TEENAGE DRAGON was a very enjoyable read however at the end of the book I got the strong perception that this book was just the beginning of something MUCH larger. Although Gabe Hudson says that he doesn’t have any immediate plans for a sequel or series he certainly creates the perception that there will be more to Gork and his world in the future.

It was the ending that I can’t determine whether I liked or not – primarily because it was so open. If Hudson continues with the story in a sequel, the ending is appropriate, if not then the ending feels awfully weak. Depending on this, my rating for the book will hover between a 3.5 and 4.5 stars. For this reviews purpose, I’ll compromise and give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

★★★★   GORK, THE TEENAGE DRAGON by Gabe Hudson