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The Galahad Legacy [Kindle Edition]

Dom Testa
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The electrifying conclusion to the epic young adult science fiction series that began with The Comet’s Curse

Council leader Triana Martell has returned from her journey through the mysterious wormhole, but she isn’t alone. She is accompanied by the ambassador of an alien race—the Dollovit.

While the Council and crew of Galahad struggle to come to terms with the existence of the Dollovit, the ship begins to flounder. The radiation shields threaten to fail, damaged by the appearance of multiple wormholes. The Dollovit have a proposal for the crew: an offer of assistance that could be their only hope for survival. But their offer comes with an astronomical price. Beset with doubts and surrounded by danger, can Triana and her crew find a way to reach their destination—a new home for the human race?


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Editorial Reviews

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*Starred Review* Starting with The Comet’s Curse (2009), Testa has published six books in the Galahad series in just four years, and this grand finale makes one appreciate all the more the accomplishments of that colossal effort. What began as a fairly straightforward tale of 251 teens shot into space to escape a ravaging disease on Earth became a deeper, broader, scarier, and more intellectually stimulating journey with every book. This all-too-soon conclusion finds the battered crew having to make a series of impossible choices regarding their fate: take the offer of the advanced Dollovit race to live in controlled comfort, or gamble it all on the harsh conditions of the planet Eos. Practically every other chapter includes a merciless shocker or a personal sacrifice of crushing consequence. Meanwhile, Testa’s darkest theme—the idea that intellect taken too far can lead to dehumanization—is pushed to the fore as the ship’s leader begins to question their friendly, all-knowing computer, Roc. Beth Revis’ similar Across the Universe (2011) is the one on the best-seller lists, but, in truth, few YA sf series in recent memory have been this satisfying. Whatever you do, don’t start here: the Galahad series is a single, unified story arc, and this powerful conclusion proves how deftly Testa planted his seeds of destruction and salvation along the way. Grades 7-10. --Daniel Kraus

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“The most satisfying entry yet. It’s a five-year space mission, so at this rate, Testa will write 22.7 more volumes. Excellent.”  —Booklist on The Cassini Code

“Grabs readers’ attention with the very first page and never lets go… Both a mystery and an adventure, combining a solid cast of characters with humor, pathos, growing pains, and just a hint of romance, this opener bodes well for the remainder of the series.”
—Kirkus Reviews on The Comet’s Curse

“Part space opera, part mystery, the story draws readers in from the beginning with well-placed hooks, plenty of suspense, and a strong premise."  —School Library Journal on The Comet’s Curse

“Starting with The Comet’s Curse (2009), Testa has published six books in the Galahad series in just four years, and this grand finale makes one appreciate all the more the accomplishments of that colossal effort. What began as a fairly straightforward tale of 251 teens shot into space to escape a ravaging disease on Earth became a deeper, broader, scarier, and more intellectually stimulating journey with every book.… Beth Revis’ similar Across the Universe (2011) is the one on the bestseller lists, but in truth few YA SF series in recent memory have been this satisfying. Whatever you do, don’t start here: the Galahad series is a single, unified story arc, and this powerful conclusion proves how deftly Testa planted his seeds of destruction and salvation along the way.”—Booklist, Starred review


Product Details

  • File Size: 382 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765321122
  • Publisher: Tor Teen (February 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005XMKBNG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,155 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Kids are All Right February 17, 2012
Format:Hardcover
This is the sixth book in a fine series of Young Adult science fiction, about the 251 teens who are sent on a Hail Mary mission to save the human race from extinction after a comet-borne disease annihilates Earth's adult population. (Sure, humanity could continue in an extreme Logan's Run style scenario, with one generation giving birth to the next and training up the adolescents just before dying off at ages 18 and 19, but being reduced to the status of mayflies and mosquitoes is hardly optimal.)
Humanity's Last Best Hope for anything have been through troubles, trials, and tribulations, from sabotage to political civil war to the untimely death of one of their own, and now their spaceship is being torn apart by stressors the engineering team never anticipated, and they are still over ten light-years from their destination planet in the distant system of Eos (the Greek goddess whose name means, appropriately enough, dawn). When it become clear that the ship will not endure long enough to get them there, Council leader Triana and council members Bon, Lita, Hannah, Gap and Channy, as well as the entire crew, are forced to make a critical decision. Who decides what, and why, makes for fascinating reading.
Merit Sims is still being devious-divisive, and when revelations about the mysterious contents of their cargo bay provide him with some leverage, he gets an opportunity act on his fears and convictions. Plus there are one or two surprise revelations about our bad boy, including why/how he got past the screening exam.
Ever since Dominic Testa began acting as advisor to his father, this series has gotten edgier, sharper, and more (thought-)provoking. It's proven to be a great collaboration, a point which teachers should develop when they use this series in classrooms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Conclusion February 28, 2012
Format:Hardcover
In the distant future, a passing comet has left behind a deadly pollutant in Earth's atmosphere. Bhaktul's disease is fatal for all humans, but only takes effect in adulthood. In the search for a cure, one scientist devises an idea to send a group of young people to another planet where they can live free of the deadly disease and allow a future for humanity. Only 251 teenagers are sent in the impressive ship Galahad. Together, these teenagers must survive and thrive in order to reach their destination and keep humanity alive.

Triana Martell has just returned from her trip through a wormhole, and with her an alien representative of the Dollovit. Radiation is destroying the Galahad's shields, so time is running out to reach their destination of Eos. The Dollovit aliens have offered a rescue and a choice of new homes. But their offer comes with a price.

The Galahad Legacy is the sixth and final book in the Galahad series. (Yes, the cover says #5. It's a typo.) Testa has taken his readers on a wild ride through space with unique aliens, malicious saboteurs, high tech wonders, and an artificial intelligence with a sense of humor. As it would in high school, relationships have changed and developed in unexpected ways among the teens. Though, in regards to their jobs, the teens have been forced to mature and some have gained wisdom beyond their years. Self-sacrifice is more the norm than Merit's constant (and annoying) lust for power.

There are numerous plot twists and surprises along the way. And this latest installment is the most exciting yet. Full of adventure, mystery, suspense, teenage angst, and tough choices - The Galahad Legacy is a fantastic conclusion to a series I didn't want to end. It felt like the adventure was just beginning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars strong finish to a great teenage science fiction saga February 14, 2012
Format:Hardcover
On earth, mankind is dying out. Only 250 chosen teens were sent into space on board the Galahad to find a new home for what is left of the species (see The Cassini Code). One year away from their home, the survivors have faced a difficult journey, but so far prove that the adults who selected them picked those with the right stuff. However, the latest problem seems insurmountable as the vessel is falling apart having gone through the normal rigor of outer space, but amplified by alien attacks, internal sabotage and worm hole devastation (see The Comet's Curse and The Web of Titan). Days remain with no exit strategy as a virus loaded to the computer has speed up the doomsday countdown.

That is until Council leader Triana Martell returns from her journey through a wormhole (see Cosmic Storm). Accompanying her back to the Galahad is the ambassador of the Dollovit who offers them a chance to survive but at what price.

This is a strong finish to a great teenage science fiction thriller. The storyline is fast-paced as the leader returns with an option that may save the crew but can they trust this alien race after meeting a bellicose species early in their journey. Readers will enjoy the adventures of the space crew Galahad as Dom Testa provides a fabulous space odyssey in which he sums up in his afterward note to his audience that like those on board, the cool person is the smart person.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Grade and, but no epilogue. March 10, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have enjoyed this series greatly. I believe the author could tell more stories about these people and their adventures. The characters are compelling with strengths and flaws aplenty.
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More About the Author

Thanks for stopping by! I'm a morning radio show host in Denver (aka Paradise), I write books in a variety of genres because I have a lot of various interests, and I created a non-profit foundation called The Big Brain Club.

We originally described ourselves as an "education foundation," but I've come to believe we're a "student development" organization. We help young people recognize that Smart is Cool. Because it is, you know. Check out my non-fiction book about this subject, titled Smart is Cool, coming in August.

More info can be found on my web site: DomTesta.com

I'm also penning a new mystery series for young adults (the Cooper James Mystery Series) that I think you'll enjoy.

Check out my Galahad series, starting with The Comet's Curse. If you need great party books, you'll love both Mindbender volumes. Oh, and links to the blog posts are over on the right.

Thanks again. Cheers!
Dom

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