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The Comet's Curse

(Galahad #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  931 ratings  ·  192 reviews

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

Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Tor Teen (first published November 10th 2004)
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Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Flannery by: Random find
I can pinpoint the start of my obsession with space stories to a date: January 17-24, 1988. I was not even 5 yet but I remember watching Earth Star Voyager, a miniseries presented by The Wonderfuld World of Disney. We taped it and watched it over and over until the VHS started to get all crappy--well, crappier quality than VHS tapes already were. No worries, though, because mon frère got all of his sisters DVD copies off of ebay a few years back so I can watch it over and over as an adult. Anywa ...more
This book reeks of 'first novel' like a 12 year-old boy who just discovered cologne reeks of Axe.

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
"The Comet's Curse: A Galahad Book" is about what happens when the particles of a comet causes all of the people on earth to start experiencing sickening symptoms... and eventually wither away and die. It affects people that are over the age of eighteen. So, after two years of extensive training, 251 teenagers are chosen to go aboard Galahad, a space ship that will be launched to re-locate the human race at a different planet. Among the main characters are Triana, the confident leader, Gap, the ...more
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers:

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
Sarah Maddaford
On one hand, the computer is a little bit annoying. On the other, it is well explained that artificial intelligence has evolved to the point where I believe that a slightly annoying computer scientist could make a computer act like himself. Fortunately, although the book is supposedly from Roc's point-of-view, he doesn't talk nearly as much as he could (and if you skip his last little speech you might even escape not rolling your eyes out of your head). I can safely say that the stowaway was not ...more
Brandi Rae Fong
Two hundred fifty one souls. None of whom is over sixteen years old. They are mankind’s final hope for survival.

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
Tammy Dahle
Jul 18, 2011 rated it liked it
My thoughts:
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
Babs Olujare
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Even though I hate this cover, this book turned out to be a gem. In my highschool, they were selling it for $3 but no one wanted to buy it. So in the end, they ended up giving it away for free. I did not want it but a friend, Rachel, bless her heart, recommended it to me and I just took one.

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
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it
This has such a fun concept! Who wouldn’t be freaked out if some comet brought along some alien particles from the deepest hearts of the universe and became the destructor of the human race? Neat! Then to save us all by sending young teens to a far off planet for future survival there? Awesome-tastic.

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
Jul 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
A comet passing by Earth has deposited particles in the atmosphere which cause death in adults over age 18. Scientists race against time to send 251 teens into space on the Galahad to save mankind by colonizing a habitable planet 5 years away. Shortly after the launch a saboteur is suspected and the crew lead by a 5 member council must deal with the problem. I really liked this book. The plot revealed alternately by flashbacks and real time is good but takes a while to develop laying the groundw ...more
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen
Maybe I was expecting too much but this was not very exciting.
Jul 01, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting storyline, horrifically boring dialogue and characters.
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Really good! Very exciting, wonderful start to a series.
Clark, JM
Jan 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gabby
Judged By The Cover: Something I have never seen before

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
Stanley Trice
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
This is the first book of the Galahad series. The story had a small, predictable plot surrounded by an extensive introduction to each of the primary teenagers onboard the Galahad space ship. These teenagers are among a crew of 251 teenagers sent from a virus riddled Earth to populate a planet in a distant solar system.

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
Nico Wood
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In the name Comet's Curse, you're probably thinking 'how did a comet curse stuff, I don't think that is true at all.' But, there was a virus that was slowly picking off mankind 10 by 10. A comet landed on earth which spread the virus causing anyone 18 and up to die.
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
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it
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Cassidy Tapp
Really enjoyed the book's plot and the creativity of the author.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a great mystery. Reading during Halloween is the best time. It is about teamwork. They work together to figure a creepy dude out. There is also romance and some comedy
Jul 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been on something of a YA kick of late. Having plowed through Catching Fire and put away the penultimate volume of Percy Jackson and the Olympians on audio (The Battle of the Labyrinth) I remembered Dom Testa’s entertaining talk as part of the Science Fiction and Fantasy: Informing the Present by Imagining the Future
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
Oct 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
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Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
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Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Comet’s Curse takes place in a dystopian future where a comet passes very close to earth’s atmosphere and creates a disease that affects anybody above the age of 18. The story really takes place in two different places, earth and space, but in the larger sense it follows the story of the Galahad Spacecraft that has just taken off, and the scientists before and after liftoff where they suffer the effects of the sickness created. The main characters in the story are the leaders of the ship, bu ...more
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I feel the need to have a slight fan girl moment. I've always been a big fan of the science fiction genre. The sad part is that it's tough to find younger aged science fiction that is appropriate but doesn't speak down to its fans. This, my friends, is great young adult science fiction. It is young adult science fiction that is engaging, unique, and so well written! I had only just picked up The Comet's Curse to skim the first page, and I found myself completely enthralled. A little over an hour ...more
Comets aren’t generally greeted with much fanfare – there are so many in our solar system that even astronomers can’t count them all. But, when a rogue appears named Comet Bhaktul the scientists stand up and take notice. At first panic ensued when scientists thought Bhaktul was on a collision course with the North Atlantic ocean, but soon it was confirmed Earth would coast through the comet’s tail. The only thing the inhabitants of Earth should expect from this astrological event would be some b ...more
Mar 18, 2012 rated it liked it
This book would be a lot better, if I could get passed all the problems I had with the plot. The writing was good. I liked the characters. But, I just had too many problems with elements of the story to make it believable for me. I am going to talk about some of them, but some are spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Yikes. Where to begin? First, this book is listed as YA at my library, but the writing is definitely more on par with Juvenile fiction. The plot contains nothing too scandalous either, so I'm wondering if it's just the age of the characters that stuck it in YA? Because the writing here is more on par with stuff my 11yo daughter used to read.

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
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Barkthul's Comet. A disease that kills everyone over 18. One desperate chance to save the human race.

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.
Paige Y.
Jan 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
At first it was just an interesting spectacle – a comet coming close enough to Earth to be seen clearly, its tail passing through Earth’s atmosphere. But then, mysteriously, adults on Earth begin to sicken and die. It’s soon determined that the tail contained a mysterious virus, a virus that only affected adults but that was deadly. It looked as though all of mankind was doomed. But then a scientist decides that the way to save the human race was to send 251 teenagers off to another planet where ...more
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Dom Testa is an author, speaker, and broadcaster. For more than twenty-five years he has captained the morning radio show on Denver's Mix100.

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