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Summary: The journey of the space ship Galahad continues. It has been four months, and the crew of 250 teenagers continues to head to planet Eos, where they expect to start a new life. Just as everyone was comfortable with the daily routines that space travel requires, some crew members became strangely ill. Titus, one of Saturn's moons, attacked Galahad with a strange and powerful energy beam. Will the leadership team (and the super computer) find a solution for their dilemma? Time is of the essence. This is the second title in this fantasy series where a teen space crew explores the galaxy.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, advanced reader
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 13; read yourself: 10 to 13
Young Reader Reaction: This is a thought-provoking science fiction story. With tales of adventure, mystery, and romance, it is well suited for middle school students. It has a captivating plot, but starts off slow. In some parts of the story, it drags on with unnecessary details. There were points where I just had to continue reading, or I would lose my sense of the situation in the plot. The story has several themes, which combined with the suspense and mystery, add to the reader's enjoyment. I was never one to choose a book about science fiction or deep space, but the lifelike qualities of the teenagers helped me relate to all the complex situations. While this story is not one I would normally pick first to read, having read it, I would Iwould definitely borrow to re-read from the library on a quiet afternoon.
Adult Reader Reaction: This book is very well done. Sequels frequently don't measure up to the original works, but Dom Testa really does know how to miss that trap.
Pros: Reader will be hooked on the story before they finish the first paragraph. The author knows his audience very well. Teens will enjoy the story and recognize the characters as peers with whom they ride the school bus everyday.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If you're looking for a book that will be a fun read for adolescents, especially someone who enjoys science fiction, buy this book for them. The characters are typical teenagers with whom the reader will relate and empathize. The plot and sub-plots are plausible and will keep the reader actively engaged.
Educational Themes: This book is an exceptionally well crafted piece of science fiction. The work was written for adolescents and they relate very favorably to the story and the teen role models aboard Galahad. The author has provided a work that adolescents will enjoy, share with friends, and keep maintain an interest in reading.
Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: March 2008
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