The Disasters
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 Details

TitleThe Disasters
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 18th, 2018
PublisherHarperCollins
ISBN-139780062657671
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Young Adult, Lgbt

The Disasters Review

  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    I just...really like this cover.
  • Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
    January 1, 1970
    [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 [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.Via The Obsessive Bookseller at www.NikiHawkes.com Other books you might like:
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  • M.K. England
    January 1, 1970
    12/19/18:✰✰✰THE DISASTERS is out in the world!✰✰✰Thank you so much to everyone who's supported this book. Seeing your reactions has absolutely filled my heart and made my week. So much love to you all. ♥♥♥I would DEEPLY APPRECIATE it so much if you all could move your goodreads reviews over to Amazon! Once we hit 50 reviews, the book is much more discoverable to new readers on amazon, and if we could hit it by Christmas, that would be AMAZING. Have a fantastic end to your 2018 and a happy new ye 12/19/18:✰✰✰THE DISASTERS is out in the world!✰✰✰Thank you so much to everyone who's supported this book. Seeing your reactions has absolutely filled my heart and made my week. So much love to you all. ♥♥♥I would DEEPLY APPRECIATE it so much if you all could move your goodreads reviews over to Amazon! Once we hit 50 reviews, the book is much more discoverable to new readers on amazon, and if we could hit it by Christmas, that would be AMAZING. Have a fantastic end to your 2018 and a happy new year!11/5/18:✰✰✰ THE DISASTERS preorder campaign is live and OPEN INTERNATIONALLY! ✰✰✰ALL PREORDERS WILL RECEIVE:★ A bookmark★ A rainbow rocketship sticker★ A signed bookplate (If you preorder from Over the Moon, your book will also be hand-signed)★ A postcard (while supplies last)★ An emailed PDF with a printable DISASTERS-themed card to give if the book will not arrive in time for you to give it as a gift. Or, you know, just for fun.75 RANDOM PREORDERS WILL ALSO RECEIVE:★ A limited edition “Fly!” rocketship enamel pinONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL RECEIVE:★ All of the above including the enamel pin★ A 30-minute Skype conversation to get writing/industry coaching or discuss the book★ A 4″x4″ spacey painting by me★ A handwritten letter★ Annotations and secrets about THE DISASTERSEmail your name, address, and proof of purchase to mkenglandbooks [at] gmail [dot] com.Full details and terms at mkengland.com/preordergifts. No purchase necessary. Library option available. -----------------------------------✰✰✰ ARCs are in the world! ✰✰✰To see my ARC unboxing, head over to my instagram! If you're a book blogger/booktuber/reviewer, you can request an ARC from my publisher, to be fulfilled this summer, right over here. Also, a quick note: There were a few typesetting issues with some of the non-English phrases containing diacriticals, so just know we're aware and they'll be correct in the final version! So thrilled you're going to get to meet my space nerds in LESS THAN A YEAR lahsdfkjashdlfjkahIf you want updates, exclusive content, giveaways, and behind-the-scenes peeks subscribe to my monthly Eccentric Orbit newsletter. I'm also on twitter and instagram possibly too much, so come hang out with me there, too. In the meantime, please enjoy these space babes:
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  • Emmy Neal
    January 1, 1970
    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 wit 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.
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  • Hayley
    January 1, 1970
    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 t 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!
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  • Malanie
    January 1, 1970
    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 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: | ✨TWITTER✨ |✨ BOOKSTAGRAM ✨| ✨BLOG✨ |
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  • Mike
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so much fun! Action-packed, with great characters and an engaging plot. Loved it!
  • Sarah Nicolas
    January 1, 1970
    I read an early version of this book but it is just so much fun! Definitely check it out when it comes out!!
  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    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 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. **
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