The Disastersby 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
These people have their shit surprisingly together when faced with imminent doom. How the hell did they end up as washouts?
THE DISASTERS was far from a disaster. Good, got it out of my system, and now we can all move on from that joke.
"Anyone have any better ideas? Useful diversion tactics?"
"I've been told I'm a hell of a dancer. You find me a table, I'll create a diversion you won't forget."
England's YA sci-fi adventure debut speeds forth at the speed of light. This book moves quick, y'all. But for the most part nothing is lost along the way. We have a pretty well explained setting, including all the various worlds that make up it, including politics, and the conflict actually has some real-life parallels that make it easy to understand. And that's not even including the fun part : the fact that the world(s) is saved by the four teens that the Ellis Station Academy just flunked out. They aren't exactly the losers I thought they would be, they are all either incredibly smart or incredibly talented, but for one reason or another.. they didn't fit. Throw in a shit ton of diversity, queer and mental health rep, quippy banter, at least one Firefly/Serenity reference, and you have yourself a party.
I ram my fist between my assailant's legs. Shit. No balls. I'm screwed.
My only complaints are that I might have preferred multiple POVs for this one (instead it's only Nax's), maybe a little less rushing through some of the plot or scenes as I did find myself trying to find my bearings at one point or another, and I thought the build-up to Nax's big angsty/disastrous backstory.. didn't really live upto the hype. But everything else was fun, flirty, funny, and oh how I hope it's a standalone. England has left a few threads loose for a possible follow-up but also given us a pretty solid ending. And I kinda like where it's at. There isn't a romance but there are interests and I was delighted by how it unfolded.. or, again, how I like to think it did.
"Okay, everyone. Look. I know we're in a shit situation but this silent angst thing isn't going to help."
Quite impressed by this debut author and, as always, I'm loving the amount of YA sci-fi being churned out these days.. I never want this trend to stop.
3.75 "crime on an empty stomach seems like a bad idea" stars
** I received an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
I just...really like this cover.
This book has all the fun things in it: quirky characters, diversity that doesn’t make a big deal out of diversity, great witty banter, adventure galore, great world building, and it feels like Firefly meets Guardians of the Galaxy. Really hard to put down.
The main character, Nax, has an incredibly original voice, and is extremely relatable. When he and the other rejects of the Space Academy are in a transport back to Earth, they witness a huge crime and are chased by the perpetrators who try to make sure the truth doesn’t get out. What follows is a great heist, crash landings on colonies that have well developed cultures and a crazy ride through space to stop mayhem. I’m not even a huge space sci-fi reader, but this had me glued from page one.
Loved every second of it, and can’t wait to read more by this incredible new author. I feel bad for the public who has to wait until December 2018 to buy it! Thanks to MK England for the ARC!
This is a super fun read. Readers get a great look at the anxiety and fear of a young pilot coming into their own. They're surrounded by others in similar states, but with vastly different externalizations of similar fears and needs fears.
Plus romance... and some cursing.
There are tons of easter eggs to be found in the richly written worlds (yeah, that's plural). If you're anything like me, there will be plenty of points where you smile and nod at the book saying, "I know that one!" The tipping point of the story is a downhill sprint to the finish. I was almost as white knuckled as our daring heroes.
Loved loved loved the worldbuilding, the humor, and the way this cast of characters came together for Justice (and money) to save the day. England cleverly negotiated a number of space opera questions (such as: would people who leave Earth for another planet ever be allowed to return, or would we quarantine them off world for fear of contamination?) that I've always wondered about in the Star Trek universe. It was just fast, pure fun from start to finish, and if you like your science fiction with a lot of humor you'll probably enjoy this intergalactic romp.
I'd be interested to see what people think of the Muslim rep, as that's not my area, but it felt nuanced to me--having multiple practicing characters helped with that.