October 16, 2011

Review: Cosmic Storm by Dom Testa

Hardcover: 272 pages
Published: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Tor Teen
Series: The Galahad Series (#5)
URL: http://www.domtesta.com/galahad-series.cfm

Just a year into their mission, the crew of Galahad has endured a sabotage attempt, alien encounters, and a dangerous passage through an asteroid belt. Now, as unpredictable waves of radiation threaten the very survival of the ship, Council leader Triana has disappeared. Not knowing if she is alive or dead, the crew must hold an election to replace her. Council member Gap seems the most likely candidate—until an old flame shocks him by adding her name to the ballot. Does she want what’s best for the ship? Or are her motivations more personal?
Facing threats both internal and external, Galahad and its crew must confront…a cosmic storm.

Oh, Mr. Dom Testa...I must say that you have a growing fan in your midst, lol. This book was so good!!

First off, let me be clear to all of our followers that this is the 5th in a series. I have never actually read books 1-3 (I whole-heartedly admitted this when I read the 4th book. Check out my review of that novel, The Dark Zone, here). Now, don't get me wrong, I definitely plan on reading books 1-3, but the best part about all of this, is that you don't really have to. The author, Dom Testa, does a fantastic job on filling you in on any bits and pieces that you need to follow the story.

I think one of my favorite aspects of this novel is that anything can happen. Because these teenagers are in a realm of outer space that no one has ever been to, I feel like the author can make just about anything happen, and it's so much fun to get sucked into and watch.  AND, at the same time, you remember that these teenagers are just normal humans with normal emotions that provide great moments of drama to the story.  In this particular book, the crew must elect a new Council Leader, and while trying to figure out the best candidate for the job, there is political back-stabbing, secrets and love. Not to mention, a cliff-hanger that will drive you nuts! LOL

I am definitely a fan of these novels, and can't wait for the moment that these travelers actually reach their destination. I think Dom Testa could make these stories last practically forever, and I'll be there right alongside the entire time :)

5 out of 5 stars

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