Kid’s Book Review: May’s Moon – Fortis Mission

Kid’s Book Review: May’s Moon – Fortis Mission

About the Book

Fifteen-year-old Michael May makes history as the first child in space and part of a crew to the far side of the moon. However, from the moment he docks at the International Space Station, things change…

Theft, sabotage, and a shocking discovery threaten Michael May’s mission to the moon and force him to act. If he can’t find the answers, the mission will fail.


Su Palmer is a children’s author who also runs science and literacy workshops for schools. The May’s Moon trilogy was inspired by a visit to the London Science Museum. Please visit her website to find out more about her work and sources of inspiration.

Book Review

It is an exciting story that I really enjoyed reading, because it is gripping, suspenseful, and has lots of insight into how space missions work

May’s Moon: Fortis Mission is a gripping story about teenager Michael May’s potentially world-changing expedition and his experiments on the International Space Station and the moon. The story follows him, and the others on his mission, on their journey into space, and everything that happens there – as they secretly investigate a cure for cancer, made from samples from the moon. The book is fascinating, keeping the reader engaged through many plot twists and vivid descriptions that bring the words off the page.

Throughout the novel, especially as it gets further into the story, S. Y. Palmer does a brilliant job of making the book hard to put down, especially with many cliffhangers. Furthermore, it is quite realistic, especially when it comes to the way that space missions take place, and there is a lot of detail about the International Space Station, which add to the gripping nature of the book. It also includes some humour and quite a few interesting facts about space that I didn’t know before reading it.

Overall, May’s Moon: Fortis Mission is an exciting story that I really enjoyed reading, because it is gripping, suspenseful, and has lots of insight into how space missions work, which is very interesting. I also felt that I didn’t need to read the prequel to understand the background. I would recommend it to anyone above 8 years old, because it is a captivating and informative book, but some sections may be too complicated for younger readers.

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Reviewer Profile

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  • Name: Arthur
  • Age: 13 years
  • Likes: football, music and pizza
  • Dislikes: mushrooms and rugby
  • Favourite Book: Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkein
  • Favourite Song: The Final Countdown by Europe
  • Favourite Film: E.T.