This is the first young adult book I have read since.. well since I was a young adult I think. Ok not really, but it’s been at least a year or so, as I tend to hover around the epic fantasy books. I have to admit, I was a little hesitant at first. It is just not very often you find a book written for teenagers that can entice a more seasoned adult reader.
So let me just start off with I was pleasantly surprised. There are stories that lend themselves to being towards a certain audience. Some stories just can’t be anything but a story for children because the lack depth, and character development. That is not the case for The Comet’s Curse. This is a young adult book, because the author chose to write it that way, but the plot is sufficient enough to be appealing to anyone.
the main story behind The Comet’s Curse (which is the first book in a series known as the Galahad series), is that the earth has been poisoned by particles from a rouge comet. This particle infects people over the age of 18 and eventually within a few years leads to their death. No one knows why. No one knows how. What I really hate about stories in generally, be it movies, or books, or tv stories, is when the writers try to over explain something to make it seem more plausible, and end up only ensuring that it sounds completely impossible. Not in this book. Mt. Testa gives just the right amount of explanation (mostly including the fact taht they just don’t know) and moves on. It is only a catalyst for the main story, and nothing more.
As far as the rest goes, the story takes place just enough in the future for the technology needed to be feasible, but still unsure. It let’s you concentrate on the real story here, and that is the story of the children placed on a ship, to leave behind Earth, and their families, to give them a chance at life free of the killer particle.