The Merman and The Moon Forgotten by Kevin McGill

15 Apr

merman and the moon forgottenThe Merman and The Moon Forgotten

Series: Nikolas and Company: Episode #1

By Kevin McGill

Illustrated by Carlyle McCullough

233 pages (ebook reviewed) – ages 12+
Published Aero Studios on January 2, 2014

14-year-old Nick desperately wants to get off Earth (a dystopian/futuristic Earth). His parents are crazy, he sees injustice all around him and he feels drawn toward the moon, as if it’s his real home. Nick tries everything to run away and hop a ride to the moon even though life there is much less comfortable compared to his privileged life on Earth. And then there’s the voice in Nick’s head that keeps repeating the same warning message.

Yeri is a driver for the Fungman, Zedock and Josiah Stagecoach Company. He lives on the moon. Not the moon you see in Nick’s world, but the moon from tens of thousands of years ago, when the moon was tethered to the Earth through a magic force. The moon was packed with life, both human and other, and magic. Yeri was responsible for trying to save the lives of a group of Mermen (or Merrows as they are called) who inhabit the moon and walk on its surface in automaton legs.

These two worlds are destined to collide – only first Nick has to figure out how he’s going to explain to his parents that he blew up their shed, dismantled his dad’s Validate (some sort of futuristic vehicle) and set Hiker’s Canyon on fire.

First of all the book gets bonus points for an awesome cover. The story is really what is depicted on the cover – excitement – danger – steampunk meets Harry Potter meets Doctor Who. The story plot, characters and setting are so good, I can’t get it out of my mind.  The book is one where you literally have to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. The steampunk (mixing of old and new technology and lifestyles) feel to the book was an extra for me. The alternate world Mr. McGill created is incredible! The story is totally unique and one that I found fascinating. There are a couple of creepy things that go on in the book (for example the government runs refugee camps where the people who live in them are actually owned by an organ donating company) that may not be appropriate for younger kids, but there is nothing graphic about it and there is no bad language. I’d rate it at a 12+ age level.

This book is so close to total and complete awesomeness – like Percy Jackson/Redwall awesomeness, but it made me mad too. I actually yelled at the book when it ended because it didn’t end in a cliff hanger, it ended in the middle of the story!  >:/  The reader (me) had no sense of completion. I know it’s the first book in the series, but in my opinion, it needed some kind of end. The beginning chapters were a bit confusing and they drug down the rest of the book a bit. I had to reread in a couple of places. After getting past them the rest of the book flowed easily. Mr. McGill’s writing style is a joy to read. His imagination is incredible. I actually went back and forth on giving this book 3 (good) or 4 (great) bookworms (mostly because I was mad at the ending), but I literally can’t keep the story out of my head. Any book that can do that gets the extra worm. I will be reading Episode 2!

Four out of five book worms for The Merman and The Moon Forgotten.fourbooks

 Check out the book’s trailer!

30 Responses to “The Merman and The Moon Forgotten by Kevin McGill”

  1. KidLitReviews April 15, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    I’m not sure what to think of the video. It was strange until the last few seconds. The cover is terrific and the story sounds good though I hate it when books do not have a good ending. It drives me crazy when the ending is bad or unsatisfactory. But I am very curious about this book. I would love to read it. 🙂 Fantastic review, Erik. Very thoughtful, fair, and loooong (for you). 😀

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks April 15, 2014 at 7:25 am #

      The story in the book is great (especially if you like sci-fi and fantasy). I like a good cliff-hanger, but I felt like this just ended in the middle of the story. Hey- the review isn’t long – I just used BIGGER FONT! 😛 Actually it did take me longer to explain the story with this one. 🙂

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  2. Michelle Isenhoff April 15, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    I’m very, very intrigued. Summer reading… The artwork is beautiful.

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  3. Claudine @ CarryUsOff Books April 15, 2014 at 10:04 am #

    That cover is awesome! Having a closure for this first book would have been nicer. I’ll place this on my to-read shelf when the second in the series comes out and there’s a complete ending. Great, honest review, Erik!

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  4. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog April 15, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

    What a BEAUTIFUL cover! It drew me right in. This sounds like a fascinating read. I have added it to my list. 🙂 Great review!

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  5. LovableLobo April 15, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

    “Can’t get it out of your head” has to be the biggest compliment for an author. Love the cover! Intriguing book trailer and constructive review, SuperKid!

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  6. julie rowan zoch April 15, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    Very cool trailer!

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  7. Patricia Tilton April 15, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

    I wasn’t so sure when I saw Merman in the title. I imagined all kinds of things. But, will admit, I do find it very interesting. Great review.

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  8. Joanna April 15, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

    Your review is so helpful. Thank you, especially how despite a lack of ending the story stuck with you!

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  9. writersideup April 16, 2014 at 8:20 am #

    I tell you, so many of these covers are amazing! I mean—look at that sword! Is that cool, or what? I loved the look and feel of the trailer, though so much random dialogue was packed in, I couldn’t absorb it all. I’d have to listen to it again, paying closer attention to that instead of being mesmerized by the eye, wondering what it was! 😀 Excellent review, Erik 😀

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks April 17, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

      The sword reminds me a lot of a light saber (and I love Star Wars…)! 😀

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      • writersideup April 17, 2014 at 11:17 pm #

        Me, too, Erik, but I REALLY like this “white hot flame” look 😀

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  10. ontheplumtree April 17, 2014 at 3:57 am #

    Great and honest review. I can tell how mad you were at the ending (which means the book really engaged you) because your passion sings through!

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  11. stanleyandkatrina April 17, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    Despite the cliffhanger, Neighbor Girl said you made this sound really interesting and she would like to read it. 🙂 Great review, as always.
    ~CM

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  12. readingwithrhythm April 18, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    Pretty cool trailer! And awesome review!

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  13. Myra GB June 9, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    Loving the look of that book cover. Thanks for sharing the book trailer too!

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  14. Anonymous December 1, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

    the book and the video were amazing

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