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Nikolas and Company Book 1: The Merman and The Moon Forgotten: A Kid's Fantasy Adventure (Nikolas and Company Episode) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B006K3MS1K
- Publisher : Aero Publishing Studios; 2nd edition (January 2, 2014)
- Publication date : January 2, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 6045 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 243 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,113,309 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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!
*NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
I chose to read The Merman and the Moon Forgotten to Nathan each week in the hopes that it would spark an interest in reading, which would then help me to get his reading level up. Nathan has ADHD which causes him to have a very difficult time focusing on a singular activity. After the first week I was uncertain if I had made the right decision trying to read this book to him, but as the weeks went by he couldn’t wait to get done with his class work so we could bust out my tablet and get back to the story. That right there should give you an idea about how awesome this story is! Because of the engaging characters, vivid imagery, non-stop action and the fast-paced storyline, it was so incredibly easy to read and keep Nathan interested. I looked over on many occasions throughout the weeks to see him biting his nails or fidgeting with anticipation. Thank you so much, Kevin McGill, for helping me be a great mentor to a child in need!
If you’re a fan of middle grade fantasy and adventure, you really must read this book! In the words of Nathan, “This was, like, a really awesome story! Can you read another one soon?” Yes, Nathan, I most definitely will!
Nick and his friends set out on a rather confusing adventure to a place they've never even heard of, but with poisonings, hideous tracking monsters, and the possibility of developing magical powers outweigh the negatives. The characters in this book were certainly interesting. Intelligent Nick who tends to create disaster at every turn, his twin brother Tim, seemingly the only cautious one, belligerent Haley who hates boys, Caroline, the motherly type, Brandy, the fashionista, and last but certainly not least, Grand, who has spent years flying about the earth in a beat up hovertruck.
The setting alternates between a surprisingly different version of the Moon and an Earth that sees little sunlight and revolves around a great deal of technology. I found it fascinating how the author conveys a sense of place without spending a great deal of time on description. The story moves along at fast clip, I read it one evening. Many interesting things happen, including a rather interesting visit to a church in the midst of a funeral, funny and exciting all at the same time.
The only problem I had with the book, besides the cut off ending was the lack of description. This lack aids in the rapid pace of the story, but I would have liked to have more details about the settings and various characters. Plus the wording in a few places was a bit awkward. But these were minor issues and didn't overly inhibit the flow of the story. I recommend this book to all who enjoy a fast paced, entertainingly creative story.