The Disastersby M.K. England Published 18 Dec 2018
Hotshot pilot Nax Hall has a history of making poor life choices. So it’s not exactly a surprise when he’s kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than twenty-four hours.
But Nax’s one-way trip back to Earth is cut short when a terrorist group attacks the Academy. Nax and three other washouts escape—barely—but they’re also the sole witnesses to the biggest crime in the history of space colonization. And the perfect scapegoats.
On the run and framed for atrocities they didn’t commit, Nax and his fellow failures execute a dangerous heist to spread the truth about what happened at the Academy.
They may not be “Academy material,” and they may not get along, but they’re the only ones left to step up and fight.
"The Disasters" Reviews
I just...really like this cover.
[1.5/5 stars] I feel a little mislead by this book.
“Space is hard. Grab a helmet.” <-I don’t know about you, but to me this tagline suggests the Disasters is going to contain a lot of off-planet action scenes. This was very much not the case…
In fact, other than the first chapter, at least 80% of the book takes place on an urban colony practically indistinguishable from a city on earth. There was a lot of running from the authorities and grand schemings for a massive organization takedown, but very little space. This is not a bad thing, per se, but it’s definitely not what I signed up for, and y’all know how much expectations play into my assessment of books.
And that’s not even the whole of it. One cover quote says “a clever, comic thrill ride packed with non-stop action and starring a motley crew that won me over from page 1.” … A motley crew?? These kids were practically prodigy students – highly skilled, brilliant, some clearly hailing from wealthy families…. yeah not exactly what I would consider a motley crew. I spent most of the book wondering at how such preppy students got kicked out of the school in the first place. It just didn’t make any sense.
The final nail in the coffin was that I found most of the book kind of boring. There were a lot of “running from the enemy” scenes, but even then I could feel my interest waning with each chapter. There wasn’t a lot of character exploration, and they all came across a bit superficial.
Perhaps had I not been mislead by this book’s marketing, I would’ve enjoyed it more, but when you sign up for a space book with a motley crew and you end up with a planetside conspiracy story staring last year’s honor students, you feel a little swindled. I genuinely wish I had liked it more.
Recommendations: this book is more for those who like YA conspiracy stories than fans of YA sci-fi. It did not meet my personal expectations enough to endorse, but hopefully I’ll find myself in the minority.
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The Breakfast Club meets Firefly... ah yes I'm here for human disasters in spaaaaaaace
I have such a weird relationship with this book. Because I enjoyed its charm???? It was BUBBLY. Like little kid Mr. Bubble. I tasted a bubble once and it was not my most promising day.
But sadly the charm wasn’t enough to sustain my needy self.
I enjoyed the story but at the same time I was ready for it to end. Constantly. It was like having a date with Captain Kirk!!!!!!!!!!? There was so much adventuring and not nearly enough substance, which I feel like would be a Captain Kirk Date. I wanted Kirk to stop talking about the damn Starship Enterprise (even though it’s majestic and we love it) and start spilling his darkest secrets + bonding at a deep emotional level with the nearest found family.
This was one of those books where if you’ve read the first half, you’ve read the entire thing. It’s sweet and fun! But that’s really all it is (my personality as a college student). The characters are constantly involved in some sort of action, like running from authorities, and that’s the entire book.
However, I did like how there was a bi love triangle! We get a Disaster Gay protagonist, not knowing if he should date his male or female friend because both are highly attractive and comforting. And miraculously, both are in love with his pretty face. We’ve all been THERE once or twice, amirite? just kidding, no one will date me.
+ the found family is THERE even if you never get to know them/feel their undying affection for one another. I cherished every moment that they bodily leaned into one another for support!!!!!! JUST GIVE ME ALL THE PLATONIC CUDDLING THANKS.
Overall, this is a great book for when you want a cheesy adventure in space + lots of action. If you don’t really give a shit about character building, and you just want a silly and charming MC who darts around dangerous obstacles, then you’ll enjoy this. C: c: c:
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