Title: The Merman and the Moon Forgotten (Nikolas and Company #1)
Author: Kevin McGill
Yeri Willrow thought he was performing a simple stagecoach drive and drop, until he’s attacked by horrid red-eyed creatures. He soon learns that his passengers are a family of merfolk, and he is their only hope. Nick hates the overpopulation and rampant consumerism of his world. Then he starts hearing voices, and his grandfather tells him that the Moon is not just a satellite – it’s a whole magical world.
If the synopsis sounds a little disjointed, well…it fits the book. I was going to give The Merman and the Moon Forgotten the hundred-page rule, but it’s only 170 pages. So I gave it 75. And then I gave up.
The story opened with Yeri driving a stagecoach chased by those red-eyed creatures. I had three impressions from this scene – one, that Yeri was a placeholder character to follow until we found the main ones, two, that the red-eyed creatures were a common threat along that certain part of the road, and three, that this took place in some sort of fantasy world.
Then, we all the sudden jump to Nick, who I’m assuming lived in futuristic Earth. He’s working on an invention to go back to the moon, and a bunch of details about the world are thrown around in a “hey, you already know this” kind of way.
And then we jump back to Yeri and some merpeople, and they need help with something (couldn’t quite figure out what) so they ask Yeri to take a message of some sort to someone. And a bunch of terms are thrown around in a “hey, you already know this” kind of way.
And then it’s back to Nick, who destroyed his dad’s car (maybe?) and there’s something about a virus and his parents want to sedate him or something…
And that’s when I gave up, completely baffled as to what was going on. I wasn’t sure what the problem was, or which characters were important, or why I should care.
The basic idea that I gathered from the back cover – a lost magical world on the moon – sounded interesting. But the book was so confusing, I lost track of what was supposed to be going on. Overall, not worth the read.
I received a free copy of The Merman and the Moon Forgotten from the author. His generosity in no way influenced, or sought to influence, this review.