01/03/2012. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
pub: TOR/Starscape. 255 page small enlarged paperback. Price: $ 8.99 (US), $10.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-0-7653-6078-6).
check out website: www.tor-forge.comwww.domtesta.com and www.ClubGalahad.com
Having left the dying population of Earth in ‘The Comet’s Curse’, the first book in this series, the last hope for mankind are a select band of teens who were young enough not to be infected by the comet Bhaktul virus.
The Galahad is approaching Saturn and already there were signs of the teen crew not taking their jobs seriously enough and the beginning of a spreading infection amongst them putting fourteen of them into the infirmary. On top of this, an assignment to pick up a capsule left by a scientific base off the moon Titan while they get ready to use Saturn as a slingshot to increase their speed. The capsule contains a cat in suspended animation and it takes a while for them to wonder on its significance.
Mind you, they have other problems when agriculturist Bon talks apparent gibberish and gets an orange glint in his eyes before recovering, except that he now seems primed with solutions and absurdly fit. Signals are being received from Titan that are doing their darndest to enhance the spacecraft without knowing that it’s endangering its crew and in a short time destroy the ship. If I tell you any more of that then it’s definitely in spoiler zone. I would point out that if the Galahad does go faster then there would have to be some serious course corrections to ensure that they reach the point where their destination planet Eos will be.
Author Dom Testa’s audience is clearly the youth market and although with this book, he did telegraph part of the solution, I suspect that was for the brighter readers out there to catch the significance. There are still some surprises even so which makes this an interesting page-turner. I’m not sure about deflating a potential love triangle so quickly as he did to be so effective rather than milking it a bit longer but then, I’m still wondering about the gooseberry number of crew,
Four more books to go in this series and at long last they are heading out of the Solar System and on to more adventures.
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