Review: The Cassini Code

I received this book for free from ALA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Cassini CodeThe Cassini Code by Dom Testa
Series: Galahad #3
Published by Tor Teen on November 2, 2010
Genres: Adventure, Science Fiction
Pages: 272
Format: ARC
Source: ALA
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one-half-stars

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 is launched. If their mission fails, it will be the end of the human race…

The teenage crew of Galahad has survived their first encounter with an alien race. Though shaken by the power of The Cassini, Triana and her Council are determined to continue their mission. But some of the crew don’t agree. Led by the charismatic Merit Simms, a small group of crew members begins lobbying for a return to Earth—just as the ship enters the Kuiper Belt, the deadly minefield of asteroids that surrounds the solar system.

As Galahad dodges a storm of asteroids, Triana finds herself dealing with an increasingly hostile crew. Even some members of the Council are beginning to listen to Merit’s arguments. Can Triana find a way to prevent a mutiny aboard Galahad, and lead her crew to safety?

I never particularly liked this series, and my patience for it has just continued to wane. The only reason I went this far is that I had an ARC of this book, so I felt compelled to read it. These books might be good for reluctant readers perhaps. That is the biggest problem actually. These teens are supposed to be the smartest ones that earth had to offer, and yet they really do not come off as particularly intelligent.

There is a lot of time spent on romantic drama, which was, unfortunately, the most interesting part. And yet, it wasn’t very interesting. No good stuff ever happens; people just whine about how they’re confused. Ugh! I really don’t know which is worse: couples who are absurdly in love/obsession or people who can’t make up their mind who they like/what to do about who they like.

These books aren’t the worst things I’ve ever read, but they are pretty boring and there’s just nothing special in them. The characterization is lousy, with one-dimensional characters, the comic relief (Roc, the computer) fails, actually irritating the crap out of me instead of lightening the mood, and the dangers do not worry the reader, as it is so obvious that Testa has no intention of killing anyone off. You’re writing a dystopian series, dude, so it cannot be all sunshine and kittens!

Book four in the series is coming out sometime this year, but I shan’t be reading it. I’m out.

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