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Preview — The Comet's Curse by Dom Testa
The Comet's Curse
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 teena...more
Like most such works, the author's intent is visible beneath the slipshod execution. Dom Testa has an interesting idea here, with the concept of a spaceship full of teenagers being sent away from Earth as a last resort in response to a disaster. He's given the situation some thought - though not nearly enough, and logic often buckles in the face of plot necessity here. With a few more rounds of heavy ...more
Review Note: This review is for both THE COMET'S CURSE and THE WEB OF TITAN (spoiler-free).
In the not-too-distant future, a rogue comet is spotted by a group of amateur stargazers, one that would pass and just miss the Earth’s orbit by a few hundred thousand kilometers. The world watched in marvel as the tail of comet Bhaktul lit up the sky as it burned through the Earth’s atmosphere, causing a global light show o ...more
The very existence of all mankind is at stake after the tail of the comet Bhaktul contaminates Earth’s atmosphere, infecting everyone over the age of eighteen. When he and his colleagues are unable to develop a cure, renowned scientist Dr. Zimmer proposes a radical plan: select and 251 of the world’s brightest, strongest and bravest teens and train them to undertake the dangerous missi ...more
This science fiction thriller is set 200 years into the future. A comet has swept by Earth leaving deadly particles behind that are killing adults. Mankind's future lays in the hands of 251 teenagers that have agreed to man a space shuttle and travel to the great unknown. What a premise!
The Comet's Curse is the first book in a planned six part series. The story wastes no time introducing us to a cast of characters we are sure to hear more about in books to follow. The constant shifts ...more
After reading it, it only took me a short period of time, well given the times I had time to read it. It had a great plot, awesome and relatable characters and I felt like I was in the ship with them. It was ...more
Okay, let me be frank here. Although this is a sci-fi book is pretty light on the details, so don’t go expecting a whole lot here and come out amazed. The characters are sort of surface developed bu ...more
Many, many covers have a girl or guy with thier heads cut off, but this book actually has heads! Plus it has two people on the cover! Which is different from many covers that have that girl or guy with there heads cut off. I also like the angle of the characters on the cover, whom I assume to be the characters of Triana (Tree) and Gap. All in all, the cover has this science-fiction aura to it, but in a way that is the genre of the book. In m ...more
I’m guessing that the author’s goal was to introduce the main characters and set the stage for the follow on books. This made the first book just a series of character sketches. So ...more
After a while, people came up with the idea of sending up teens, 251 to be exact, to go into space to an unknown planet that has an atmosphere like earth, same gravity, and no living things. they have taken animals with them on the ...more
event hosted by Tor and LITA at ALA 2010 the swag bag for which contained the first of Testa’s Galahad books: The Comet’s Curse.
Perhaps my favorite aspect of The Comet’s Curse i ...more
1. This maybe a small thing, but the teenagers on the ship, which is set at least 50 yrs into our future, check their email and use email as the primary method of communicating with e ...more
Next, the science. Really? I'm not a big science person. I appreciate it, but I don't understand it. So if you've even got me second guessing your science, t ...more
This book was simply chosen because it looked like a quick read, which it thankfully was. I liked the story, and I liked how real the characters were. You could feel the character's emotions. This is a book for people who like space stories and Star Trek.
His Galahad series of books for young adults (and young-at-heart adults) has an all-new look! Tor has reissued the adventures in a three-volume omnibus collection, and all three are available now.
If you're in the mood for some puzzling fun, check out all thre ...more