Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Review: The Web of Titan by Dom Testa

The Web of Titan by Dom Testa
Series: Galahad #2
Genre: Sci-Fi
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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 a 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?

"These are oceans of liquid methane. But bubbling around in that poisonous soup are a lot of the building blocks that eventually led to life on Earth billions of years ago."

Proving once again that books can be both fun and informative! LOL But, seriously, I love the way the author balances interesting stories and compelling characters with real science.

And, being honest, real science fiction, because we actually start dealing with aliens in this book and I'm super excited as to what that means for the rest of the series.

The scientist had insisted that Galahad embrace a culturally diverse crew, and Gap appreciated it more every day. Kaya not only possessed a razor sharp mind, but also had a talent for painting vivid mental images of her people's way of life.

Much like the first book, no matter how compelling and readable the plot is, the characters are what make it for me. I like all five of the main characters and haven't had a bit of problem with anyone else.

The diversity is great. So many of the characters are POC and where they're from actually has bearing on who they are. The characters are all different and they are certainly products of where/how they grew up.

But, there's also signs of a character that has OCD which I think is an absolutely brilliant inclusion!

Her tray, covered with remnants of a lunch that was mostly picked over, was lined up flush to the side of the table. Her work pad, covered with scribbled figures and hastily added notes, was aligned squarely with the front edge.

These are also characters that are oddly aware of how crazy certain things are.

And now the love triangle - a corny expression, she admitted, but the only one that seemed to fit the circumstances -  was exposed in a way that prevented her from escaping.

I won't say this book was perfect - and, in fact, one of the guys annoyed me painfully for most of the book. But my issues seemed almost irrelevant to how much I enjoyed this story. And, yes, it might not have been perfect, but it was perfect for me to read at that time.