Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Web of Titan by Dom Testa

Pub. Date: June 2010

Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Pages:  255

When the tail of the comet Bhaktul flicks through the Earth's atmosphere, deadly particles are left in its wake, and mankind is confronted with a virus that devastates the adult population. A renowned scientist proposes a bold plan: to build a ship that will carry a crew of 251 teenagers to a home in a distant solar system. Two years later, Galahad and its crew are launched. If their mission fails, it will be the end of the human race…

After triumphing over a saboteur bent on destroying Galahad, Triana and her Council are eager to avoid any further complications. But as Galahad swings around the ringed planet Saturn, they encounter a mysterious metal pod orbiting the moon of Titan. The teens prepare to bring the pod and its contents aboard, only to be faced with another crisis: an illness that is beyond their medical experience. Dozens of crew members fall into a comatose state, only to awaken with strangely glowing eyes. To make matters worse, the systems of Galahad begin to fail. With time running out, can Triana and her shipmates escape the Web of Titan?

My Review
Dom Testa has once again created a story that leaves us wanting more. The second book in the Gallahad series kept me on the edge of my seat as much as the first one. Nothing will every go completely right in life. Because of the problems he has created for his characters the story is very believable. The relationships that are developing between the teens on the ship are right on target as well. I say this because I teach kids around this age. I kept trying to problem solve for the teens as I read the book. I am glad that they are a lot smarter than I am in the area of science. One thing I absolutely love about these books is the Reader's Guides at the end of each book. It is every teacher's dream to have critical thinking questions that require the student to do more than just read and regurgitate a few multiple choice answers. The fun thing is I find myself doing the work. I always want to set a good example for my students. I will have my work in a notebook as an example for students. If I had one wish, I would want to have ROC, the computer who helps run the ship as a partner in my classroom. His humor is so human like. Of course if you don't know what I am talking about then you need to read the books. The research that has gone into these books make it one of my favorite series. I have already pre-ordered the next book in the series "The Cassini Code", due out in November. I am excited to get back to school to recommend this book to my students.

Make sure you read the first book in the series, “The Comet’s Curse”.

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