Book Review: The Merman and the Moon Forgotten by Kevin McGill

Title: The Merman and the Moon Forgotten

Author: Kevin McGill

Series: Nikolas and Company

Publisher: Aero Studios

Release Date: April 4, 2012


Book Summary:  Nick lives in a time where one can extend your life indefinitely through brain downloads, zip from country to country in hovercars, and have every whim taken care of by the ever faithful nannydrones. 

And he hates it. 

Aside from the refugee camps, overpopulation, and unchecked consumerism that fills every city across the globe, Nick just doesn’t belong. That is when he hears the voice of a woman: 

“The Rones lie about their true intent. They enter the city of Huron at the peril of us all.” 

Shortly after, his certifiably insane grandfather reveals to him:

“All you’ve ever heard about the Moon is a lie, my dear Nikolas. He was not always a mere satellite, a ghost wandering the stars. In an age before our own, Moon was our twin, and in him bore the whole of magical life. The cradle of this magical civilization was a fantastic metropolis filled with fire-breathing winged lions, volcano-born nymphs, automaton-legged mermaids, and so much magic you can smell it. We called this city Huron, and you, Nikolas, are her steward.” 

Meanwhile on the moon, the senior stagecoach driver Yeri Willrow thought he was performing a simple drive and drop for his mysterious passengers, until they are attacked by foul-breath red-eyed creatures. He soon learns that his passengers are a family of automaton-legged merfolk, and he is their only hope. Yeri suddenly finds himself tasked with saving the merfolk or they will fall to the peril of the creature most foul.

There was no particular reason I read this book. I’m not even sure how long it’s been sitting on my kindle (for pc!), but I was in need of a book to read, and thought, hey that’s been on here forever, let’s see what it’s all about. 
Kevin has brought in the idea of the moon and earth being brothers in the past, but throughout time the moon became just a “satellite” to the earth. During the time as “brother” planets, the moon was rich in magic, and was home to many magical creatures, such as merrows – or as we call them mermaids/men.  
This book would be great for a young reader – I’d say 5th grade plus. It moves slowly, addresses bullies, and the bonds of friendship, and the responsibility one must face in life.  I struggled with the constant switch between time periods – though also found it fascinating that the author was able to create two worlds – a long ago past, and a very far away future.  
Rating: 3.5 stars. A good book
Content: Clean.
Source: Kindle ebook