01/05/2012. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
pub: TOR/Starscape. 267 page small hardback. Price: $17.99 (US), $19.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-0-7653-2112-1.
check out website: www.tor-forge.com, www.domtesta.com and www.ClubGalahad.com
The final book about the starship Galahad, ‘The Galahad Legacy’, starts where the last book, ‘Cosmic Storm’, ended with the return of their council leader, Triana Martell. After her trip through the wormhole and encounter with the aliens, called the Dollovit, that controlled the ‘vultures’ or Vo, triangular cyborg creatures that attach themselves to the Galahad.
Triana’s return, together with the alien ambassador Torrec, offers a solution to the Galahad being attacked by cosmic radiation. They will provide transport to either their home star system so they can be studied or where they were intended to go, the star system Eos. However, there is a price to pay and the discovery of the Galahad’s secret cargo. In some respects, this is sorta having your cake and eating it although there is some personal sacrifices involved.
Have I said enough without giving too many spoilers? The entire story is lettered with spoilers and not all of them obvious although a couple were if you thought about them.
From an adult perspective, considering the Dollovit’s have the ability to clone anything, you would have thought the easiest solution would be to duplicate everything but I guess the time factor might be working against that.
Then again, I did wonder at writer Dom Testa’s use of aliens because in some respects their use made them more a deux ex machine than Science Fiction where there is a stronger reliance on finding solutions for existing problems with what you’ve got than being handed them on a plate.
This doesn’t mean that this book or indeed the rest of the series isn’t a bad read but I do have to wonder as to this solution will blight your sprogs – this is teen fiction, after all – as to thinking all Science Fiction has solutions like this. Having said that, it does make me wonder what happens next.
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