Written by: Dom Testa
Genre: YA/Science Fiction
Pages: 236 (Trade Paperback)
The premise: ganked from Tor's website: When the tail of the comet Bhaktul flicks through the Earth’s atmosphere, deadly particles are left in its wake. Suddenly, mankind is confronted with a virus that devastates the adult population. Only those under the age of eighteen seem to be immune. Desperate to save humanity, a renowned scientist proposes a bold plan: to create a ship that will carry a crew of 251 teenagers to a home in a distant solar system. Two years later, the Galahad and its crew—none over the age of sixteen—is launched.
Two years of training have prepared the crew for the challenges of space travel. But soon after departing Earth, they discover that a saboteur is hiding on the Galahad! Faced with escalating acts of vandalism and terrorized by threatening messages, sixteen-year-old Triana Martell and her council soon realize that the stowaway will do anything to ensure that the Galahad never reaches its destination. The teens must find a way to neutralize their enemy. For if their mission fails, it will mean the end of the human race….
Give It Away: but close to "Worth the Cash." Because let's face it, it's fun! It's a fast read! I read it within a day! Some elements were predictable, and I don't buy the romance as it stands, but other moments surprised me, because I felt certain I knew certain things and I was wrong, so that was nice. Also, it's not often I read optimistic SF, and I mean that here: despite the calamity on Earth, despite the problem on the Galahad, this truly has a sense of optimism about it, and I admire the book for that spunk. I hesitate to say it's worth the cash because 1) it activates my writer's brain to think far beyond the plot I'm given, which makes me question why Testa isn't looking at these issues, and 2) it's the first book of three, the second of which will be published this summer, the third will be published this winter. When I get the, and if I decide to read the, whole story, that may change my overall rating, but for now, I'm still pondering. Lots of fun on one hand, but the possibilities for what this COULD'VE been are so immense I was distracted. But still, if you like reading YA and don't mind a book that's geared for a slightly younger audience, you should also have fun with this. I'm leaning towards getting the next book in the series, so that says something. I'm engaged, and that's the important part.
Review style: We're going to talk about the believability of the premise and why it is simultaneously awesome and ridiculous; why my brain kept wanting to see how this book would read if targeted to adults; why this book feels more middle-grade than YA, and lastly, a mini-rant about the use of quotation marks to indicate thought in fiction. Spoilers? No.
The full review, if you're interested, may be found in my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome! :)
REVIEW: Dom Testa's THE COMET'S CURSE
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