The Dysasters (The Dysasters #1)
Foster Stewart knows she's different. Her life has never been "normal." Talking to plants and controlling cloud formations aren't things most seventeen year olds are into. Tate "Nighthawk" Taylor is perfect. Star quarterback and all around dreamy boy next door he never thought about his "extra" abilities. What quarterback wouldn't want night vision? That's not weird, right? It's cool! But on the night of their first meeting a deadly tornado brings them together and awakens their true abilities - the power to control the element air. Unbeknown to Tate and Foster, they are the first in a group of teens that were genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements. Which truly sucks for Foster, as she has to face the fact that Dr. Rick Stewart, her beloved scientist father, betrayed her and now wants to use her and the others for his own nefarious world domination plot. Foster and Tate must stop Dr. Stewart and his minions before he destroys their lives and the world.

The Dysasters (The Dysasters #1) Details

TitleThe Dysasters (The Dysasters #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 26th, 2019
PublisherWednesday Books
ISBN-139781250141040
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction

The Dysasters (The Dysasters #1) Review

  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    3 stars Well I am caught between a rock and a hard place here.   I love PC Cast’s books. I have read her House of Night series, her Moon Chosen as well as her Goddess Summoning series and really loved them.When I learned that she was writing a new series with her daughter I requested the first book as fast as I could open my browser and click “request”.  Yet now that I have read I must sadly admit that this may be the one book that was not for me.  Let me explain my reasoning… The concept of the 3 stars Well I am caught between a rock and a hard place here.   I love PC Cast’s books. I have read her House of Night series, her Moon Chosen as well as her Goddess Summoning series and really loved them.When I learned that she was writing a new series with her daughter I requested the first book as fast as I could open my browser and click “request”.  Yet now that I have read I must sadly admit that this may be the one book that was not for me.  Let me explain my reasoning… The concept of the story is really promising as you have a scientist playing god and messing with the AND of embryos. As result you get kids able to manipulated elements like air, water, fire, earth.Of course the first experiments are not flawless and you have kids who are adults now suffering from side effects of their powers. Said side effects could make them go mad.The scientist changed his experiments and created others but I won’t give details as I don’t want to spoil anything.  This idea is very interesting and leads to many action scenes, another asset of the book as you have the first kids trying to get ahold of the younger kids. The very opening of the book was puzzling as you jump into a very intense scene with a tornado wreaking havoc on a stadium and a whole town. People flee, others die. It was action packed but also deeply puzzling because you feel that Foster and maybe Tate have something to do with the disaster but not knowing what exactly. Snippets of information are thrown here and there but you have to wait to entangled the facts and get a coherent picture of what is happening.  When things went wrong for me was with the main characters Foster and Tate. I know they both are very young adults as they barely turned eighteen and that they met in dramatic circumstances BUT I did not like the way they interacted at all. Foster looked down on Tate considering he was a D-bag when honestly I could not see what he had said when they met to deserve that title. Tate reacted of course and called her the “B” word. Not endearing at all!I get that they are big teenagers and they can have attitude because I have some at home yet it was not really pleasant to read. Maybe their element was the source of the mood swings but it was hard to follow and I needed something more to really grasp who they were. Sadly I must say that I could not really connect with them and this put a damper on my pleasure of reading. I must also mention the drawings in the book. If on the one hand as an amateur of art I thought they were beautiful, on the other hand as a novel reader and not a comics reader it annoyed me as it “forced” me to pictures the characters a certain way while one of the best parts of reading novels is creating the characters in your head. I loved it in Moon Chosen but the drawings were mostly of plants and animals, not herding me in one direction to picture the main characters. Will I read the second book of this series? Probably not as it does not seem to be the books for me. Will I read other books from these authors? Of course as they have proven that they are excellent writers and no one can love every books a favorite author writes. Many thanks to St Martin's Press for gifting this book! Let's chat! Have you read other books written by these authors? Did you like them?  Thanks for reading!  Sophie Find me on:Wordpress: Beware Of The ReaderFacebook: Beware Of The Reader Facebook group : Beware Book Boyfriends Alert Instagram: @bewareofthereader Twitter: @BewareOffReader
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  • Allyce Cameron
    January 1, 1970
    Okay so this book is literal trash. Like, you take a break from reading and start thinking it couldn’t possibly be as bad as you’re imagining, and then it is. It really is. And it is the single most DRAMATIC book I have ever read. I’m talking 20 pages in and there are multiple tornadoes and half the town is dead dramatic. So. Much. Drama. #Drahhhhmahh. The problem is I actually wanted to know what was going to happen and so I kept reading. It wasn’t quite bad enough for me to stop. And when I fi Okay so this book is literal trash. Like, you take a break from reading and start thinking it couldn’t possibly be as bad as you’re imagining, and then it is. It really is. And it is the single most DRAMATIC book I have ever read. I’m talking 20 pages in and there are multiple tornadoes and half the town is dead dramatic. So. Much. Drama. #Drahhhhmahh. The problem is I actually wanted to know what was going to happen and so I kept reading. It wasn’t quite bad enough for me to stop. And when I finished reading it I closed it, put it down and pushed it with one finger as far from me as I could before telling myself I wanted it out of my house. But also that burning it was probably a bit extreme. And that all the drama had infected me and I needed to chill. Look, the concept is actually pretty cool, it was just really poorly written and the characters were all terrible. Foster is a straight up bitch for like three quarters of the book, and Tate really doesn’t get a whole lot of personality to be honest. Why they fall for each other is beyond me. Because they’re both attractive and happen to be stuck together in the same place? Because that’s pretty much all we’re given. It actually makes me never want to reread the House of Night series because I loved those books when I was a teenager and I don’t want to think about how they are now. Also the illustrations/comics in this were not good. I understand it’s a superhero book and it’s mean to be a homage type situation to comic books but I just did not enjoy them. They somehow managed to make very attractive characters uhhh...not attractive. Also do Americans really call their granddads G-Pa? Like is that a thing?? Also there was SO MUCH swearing. And that usually wouldn’t bother me except this is meant to be a YA book so it seemed a little overdone. I think the point I was like yep that’s a bit much was when they started calling the four people chasing them the “Fucktastic Four” and then proceeded to keep calling them that throughout the rest of the book. Just awful. Alrighty, that’s me done. I am done thinking about this book and am going to do my best to sear it from the memory. I will not be continuing with this series, and about halfway through this rant I also decided I was going to downgrade this to a one-star so there you go.
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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    8/29/18Not usually a fan of cover models, but I kind like what they did with this one ---I am praying neither of our protagonists have special snowflake syndrome, but with the full synopsis I can't say I would be surprised if either or both of them did.
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  • Juli
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted to like this book. I love superheroes, action stories, good vs evil....I had high expectations for this story about teens with the ability to manipulate the elements. But I'm going to be honest -- I didn't like this book. I DNF'd this story about halfway through. For me, the book seemed like a failed attempt by adults to write a book for teenagers. It tries too hard and comes off as contrived.Teenagers can be angsty, whiny, and disrespectful. So this story overuses those traits, I really wanted to like this book. I love superheroes, action stories, good vs evil....I had high expectations for this story about teens with the ability to manipulate the elements. But I'm going to be honest -- I didn't like this book. I DNF'd this story about halfway through. For me, the book seemed like a failed attempt by adults to write a book for teenagers. It tries too hard and comes off as contrived.Teenagers can be angsty, whiny, and disrespectful. So this story overuses those traits, making the main characters almost completely unlikable. Teenagers curse. So, this book overuses curse words, sprinkling them in at the wrong time and not using them at the right time. For example, the main characters call each other names or tell each other to shut the F up constantly, but when Foster accidentally calls up a tornado and realizes she can manipulate weather, she says...."thank you"?? If I accidentally called up a tornado, you can bet your sweet bippy I would be saying WTF and most likely several other choice curse words out of complete shock and surprise. Other terms like Fucktastic Four, douchehawk, nightdouche, etc can be a great joke...once. Maybe even twice. But after multiple uses, it just gets old. Just too much....bleck. I asked my 14 year old to read a couple chapters of this book to see what he thought. He said the same thing....adults trying too hard to write teenage characters and failing. I struggled through half of this story, and stopped. This book is not for me. **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from St. Martins Press via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    RTC!
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    That was the coolest book ever!!! I love it a lot!!! The Cast team have done it again and they never disappoint!!!I had so much fun reading this book! The concept of the story is amazing, it is unique, and I have never read anything like this before!!! It captured my attention from beginning to end! I was definitely hooked! As the story heated up I kept turning the pages faster to find out what would happen next.. it definitely takes you on a wild ride.. and as the story takes twists and turns I That was the coolest book ever!!! I love it a lot!!! The Cast team have done it again and they never disappoint!!!I had so much fun reading this book! The concept of the story is amazing, it is unique, and I have never read anything like this before!!! It captured my attention from beginning to end! I was definitely hooked! As the story heated up I kept turning the pages faster to find out what would happen next.. it definitely takes you on a wild ride.. and as the story takes twists and turns I found myself on the edge of my seat holding my breath and cheering on the good guys!The author did a phenomenal job! They grabbed the readers attention, gave us beautifully detailed descriptions that makes you feel part of the story, and gave us really cool and unique characters!!! The characters all have one thing in common but are so different in personality it was so much fun reading their stories, getting to know their histories and how they came to be! I love the chemistry and the new bonds of friendship that they form together! I cannot wait to find out where the story will take the readers next!!! hurry up book two! LOLI definitely recommend this book!!!!!
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  • Trudy
    January 1, 1970
    This story starts on a storm and ends with the beginnings of love and a new type of family! The ones we choose and not the ones chosen for us are just as much family if not more so as they accept us as we are. I cannot wait to see where this leads!Foster has issues with a capital I! She has trust issues which are understandable, she cannot relate to, nor does she like people and if that wasn’t enough she has lost the only person who understands her and she’s running for her life. Enter Tate who This story starts on a storm and ends with the beginnings of love and a new type of family! The ones we choose and not the ones chosen for us are just as much family if not more so as they accept us as we are. I cannot wait to see where this leads!Foster has issues with a capital I! She has trust issues which are understandable, she cannot relate to, nor does she like people and if that wasn’t enough she has lost the only person who understands her and she’s running for her life. Enter Tate who is the exact opposite. He is compassionate, considerate and a southern gentleman. He is shoved into Foster’s path and gets hit by devastating loss and forced to run with Foster. While most people would give up on Foster he understands that she has not had a normal, loving upbringing and he intends on getting past her harsh exterior and releasing the truth he knows lies beneath. All the while Foster and Tate are dealing with their new discovery, the element of air and how to find the missing six with who are thought to hold the rest of the elements. Of course, the core four are also hot on their tails. The characters are unique and quirky and peppered throughout, the Cast girls touch on very real, very important social issues in a seamless and loving way.This story is full of action, has great world building and things should only heat up from here on out.
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  • Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    "When she looks at me like that she makes me feel as if I could do anything; I will do anything, to keep her looking at me like that." How do I even write this review? I loved this book, I loved that it is the first book in a four book series. P.C Cast & Kristin Cast are back! *insert music*THIS BOOK! THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC!5/5 stars!What I Enjoyed about this story is that it is for all ages, whether you are a young adult, a full adult which ever age you are this is perfect for everyone.Okay "When she looks at me like that she makes me feel as if I could do anything; I will do anything, to keep her looking at me like that." How do I even write this review? I loved this book, I loved that it is the first book in a four book series. P.C Cast & Kristin Cast are back! *insert music*THIS BOOK! THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC!5/5 stars!What I Enjoyed about this story is that it is for all ages, whether you are a young adult, a full adult which ever age you are this is perfect for everyone.Okay, here's the list of things to remember. Water, Fire, Earth and Air.Four couples, that's 8 young adults.Foster & Tate (Air)Charlotte & Bastien (Water)?? We do NOT know who the other couples are.The Core 4 (Fucktastic Four)Mark (Water)Eve (Earth)Luke (Fire)Matthew (Air)Dr Stewart, the crazy scientist! Who created them all and has a really bad addiction to Eve.Cora (deceased)and G-Pa, a wealthy old man, who is fit as a fiddle and who his Tate's grandparent.I know that is a lot to remember but it the first book to a series, and I think the authors did us a solid and didn't really make it that confusing. I must be in the minority of reviewers who loved this book.The main Characters in this first book are Foster who controls air, and Tate who also controls air so this makes them a pair. We start this adventure with Foster and her adopted mother Cora, who has taken her to Missouri (Misery) to find someone, but we don't know who. They end up at a high school football game, and that is where we meet Tate. A storm begins, and this storm turns out to be a full blown tornado, while this is happening Cora's heart gives out, and leaves Foster with little information to get out of there, but with Tate. Who is the person they were looking for. They are immediately drawn together, and he also watches his parents die in the storm that has being going on around them. Obviously more happens here but what you think is true is not, I really appreciate the story moving as fast as it did.Now they are on the run, and know they are in danger. Before Cora died, she told Foster to take Tate and go to Sauvie Island. This is where they find out what they really are and that Cora had a safe place made for them all to live and hide of the grid.To be honest I took so many notes reading this book, like 6 pages of notes to remind me when I wrote this review what is what and how I felt. Now looking at my notes, I can tell you thing... I LOVED this book. and that I have messy writing and can not even decipher some of my own writing to save my life.Dr Stewart is bad, and so are some of the core four who are doing to old mans dirty work for him and trying to catch all the couples. I love that they are all going to be pairs, this is for such an important reason. So you see the good old doctor had "fertility clinics" where rich men paid him and he continued his experiments and research, until he faked his own death. Cora was his wife and he kept all this a secret from her. Until she figured things out and took Foster and went into hiding. The Dr mutated and changed the DNA in all the children.And they the core fucktastic four came out wrong or turned out wrong, they all have issues because they can not control there elements properly. But the pairs like Foster and Tate who will work together they have complete control.Although when the Dr made them all he knew then what he had done wrong I guess and did it this way. He is literally a sick SOB! He says he cares but he does not.When they all turn 18, that is when the manifest with full blown powers. But what Cora didn't know and also the rest of the core four (her brothers) is that she is actually the bio daughter of the Dr and Cora! because he store her eggs and grew a child !!!Straight up, I thought Foster was a bitch and it took me a little while to like her, she has some issues. I loved Tate, hes just so confused until they both learn to trust each other and learn more about there powers. I really love the dynamics with all the couples and characters, I really believe this is going to be such a fun series to re visit all the time. Maybe for me because of the nostalgic feeling. This was all my own thoughts and feelings, even with being given gifted arcs. Which can I just say how much I really loved all the CAPTAIN PLANET vibes! That show was my life when I was growing up in the 90's. Even like just Xmen, Super powers with comic like art work... just was giving me life!I loved everything about this book, the characters, the art art work that is throughout the book. Man the art work is visually stunning and brings so much more to the story.So much more happens in this book, that I highly recommend. When they arrive at the Island and meet Finn and his girlfriend Sabine. I love that they are forming there own family, could they be the other couple? I am not sure. But it would be awesome. I loved Tate and Foster together, the friendship and romance was too cute. The sinning moments, and them floating flying together... All the feels!"The most important thing a women can give is her trust. Earn that first and then you'll earn a love that will last. Trust is based on respect. And if you don't treat her with respect, you have no business being with her."OMG and the coolest thing is the rep we have in this new series is a young male, transitioning from male to female. I am so excited to see more of this throughout the series. Yes the book is told in alternating POV but it tells you who is who and you don't get lost, so not only do we get Tate and Fosters voices we get Eve, Mark and some of Charlotte and Bastien. Key characters that I don't like a lot is Eve she is a nasty as her father and her brothers, I reckon Mark is the nicest and just so confused. I hope we see him come to the captain planet team. lol Seriously the core four are all in there 30's and don't give a shit about anything or anyone apart from themselves and maybe each other.I do not like Luke, and obliviously the Dr. Now back to him, he is literally a druggy, Eve can manifest crystals on her body of all kinds and with them each having a certain quality to them, and the fine old doctor siphoned's them into his body while getting off on it. I was shook when I read them scenes. Sometimes I would think Eve is nice, but she really isn't and I that I don't like her. She is the keeper of earth.100 pages in and I knew at this point it would be close to a 5 star read for me, and it was. I loved the writing and the setting it was in. The characters were fantastic, I think this mother and daughter due are back doing what they love doing together.Yes this ends with a cliff hanger, but come on how could it not. This is going to be one EPIC new series and I am here for it all. I can not wait for book 2!I cannot wait to meet the rest of the cast, I can definitely see this becoming a favourite new series for me to love and love. The one thing I did find odd though, is how quick or lack of grieving the two kids had for there parents all dying at the beginning. But in saying that they book moved so quickly, they really didn't have time to with all the danger they are facing or faced throughout the book.Can we just say again, Captain Planet and the Planeteers VIBES!!! I squealed when there was an actual reference!So If you are looking for something new, and not persuaded by some of the horrible reviews go and try this on your own, maybe you will love it maybe you wont. but if you are like me a 90'd child and actually know who and what planteers are you might just love this as much as I do. If you do please comment below and tell me your own thoughts.
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  • Meaghan
    January 1, 1970
    I'd like to thank the author and publisher for giving an ARC of this book in exchange for being a part of the book tour as well as an honest review.Normally I give a book a bit more time before DNFing, but I realized pretty quickly that this book wasn't for me at all. Pretty quickly on I had some major issues with this book, so I'll outline those quickly.1. The first 15% was already tropey as hell. We had a "girl who was not like other girls", the standard jock love interest who is secretly a ni I'd like to thank the author and publisher for giving an ARC of this book in exchange for being a part of the book tour as well as an honest review.Normally I give a book a bit more time before DNFing, but I realized pretty quickly that this book wasn't for me at all. Pretty quickly on I had some major issues with this book, so I'll outline those quickly.1. The first 15% was already tropey as hell. We had a "girl who was not like other girls", the standard jock love interest who is secretly a nice guy, important person dies early on as a way to reveal important information to MC, etc etc2. I couldn't stand the writing. Something about the dialogue was extremely cringy, and it made it hard to actually get into the book, even when I found the concept itself fascinating.3. The book is almost entirely dialogue? In the 15% I read, almost 80% of it was filled with dialogue, and that was just way too much for me. I don't need lots of descriptions, but I need some to support the world and what the character is seeing. I need even more description when I'm not a fan of the characters yet, as something besides them to read, so that made it even more detrimental to this book.4. Some descriptions of characters felt really weird. Specifically that of Cora, Foster's black adoptive mother. In one page alone they referred to her henna-brown eyes and a spicy calm voice that was creamy and smooth like Mexican hot chocolate. It just felt... off?5. The beginning 5% made me dislike Foster way too quickly. She's 18, but she's shown to be pretty whiny and demanding, and even kind of throws a tantrum? That, and her endless talking at first, annoyed both the side characters and me.This, and some other, smaller things, put me off of this book very quickly, and from there I wasn't able to find my way back to it. If you're a fan of P. C. Cast's writing and other books though, I'm sure you'll enjoy this one as well, since the world and concept itself seem interesting enough.
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  • Hristina
    January 1, 1970
    Click here for my review, as well as a chance to win one of twenty hardcover books.*Copy received through NetGalley*Rating: 4/5 stars
  • Rachael Arsenault
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC copy for review. I will need some time to organize my thoughts and compose a proper review. For now, two words: breathtakingly bad.Edit: Alright. Let me try to explain all the problems with this book as clearly as I can with as few spoilers as possible. I currently have a ten page word document with every problem bullet pointed, but I don't want to rant that long. I think the easiest way to do that is to break it down into categories.Writing:This book was not well-written. Not I received an ARC copy for review. I will need some time to organize my thoughts and compose a proper review. For now, two words: breathtakingly bad.Edit: Alright. Let me try to explain all the problems with this book as clearly as I can with as few spoilers as possible. I currently have a ten page word document with every problem bullet pointed, but I don't want to rant that long. I think the easiest way to do that is to break it down into categories.Writing:This book was not well-written. Not in the technical sense, not in terms of narrative flow, not in terms of continuity, and not in terms of sensibility. Some of the technical problems I can take with a grain of salt since this was an advanced copy, but everything else in inexcusable in a near-final draft. Narrative flow was flawed in a few ways, but the ones that stand out the most are consistency in narrative voice and consistency in mood. When the narrators frequently use words like "zillion" and "conked out", it's jarring when a word like "fuliginous" or "susurrus" is thrown in. This is also a problem of using a million dollar word in a five dollar situation. And in terms of mood, there were just so many situations were something very serious or emotional would be playing out and we'd be given an incredibly childish or asinine metaphor. Grief is literally compared to dropping an ice cream cone at one point! It really jars you out of the moment and distracts from the story. The continuity was an absolute mess. Fairly late into a book, there's an event with Foster and Tate's powers that referred to as having happened earlier that day and then as having happened days ago within the same chapter. Said event actually occurred the day before. The book continually forgets what the characters do or don't know, and what they have or have not talked about. This leads to situations like Foster and Tate celebrating the idea of being superheroes like it's a new revelation when they've already had multiple conversations about being superheroes, or Foster arguing with Tate because she doesn't like a plan he's come up with when they exposited plan to each other in-depth just a few chapters previously. It makes the story equal parts confusing and frustrating to follow because it seems like no one - from the characters to the authors - cares about what's happening. And last but not least, a lot of things in this story straight up don't make sense. Foster accidentally uses her powers when yelling at Tate while they're pulled over on the highway. It's a very, very obvious display of control over wind - yet not one single person pulls over or reacts or does anything in response to this. A plane knowingly flies into an area with a serious hurricane warning in place. A football game is not called off during a major thunderstorm. A character who dies at the beginning of the book leaves detailed letters for Foster explaining most of what's going on, even though some of the details included are information that this person hadn't confirmed until shortly before their death. Some of it's little things that are just stupid or too convenient to be believable. Others are big holes in the narrative that kind of make the story fall apart.Characters:These characters are not well-written or likeable. Foster and Tate are the biggest offenders, given that they take up most of the narration, but there's no character that I particularly like in this book. Maybe Mark, but his dialogue and narration often felt hollow and robotic. Foster and Tate spend a lot of time arguing in the beginning, which should make sense, given the circumstances. This is within the first five chapters so, while I won't go too into detail, I'm okay giving some very light spoilers. A tornado touches down in the middle of a football game at which Tate is playing and Foster is watching. A lot of people die, Foster and Tate's families. Foster knows about the Core Four and knows that she needs to run, so forces Tate to come with her as she steals a truck and flees the state to go to a safe house. Foster doesn't 100% know what's going on, but she knows far more than Tate. And yet, in the 20-some hours they spend driving to a safe house, Foster doesn't explain things to him. Worse, she gets angry and indignant when he tries to storm off and accuses her of kidnapping him. Foster is also incredibly petty. From calling Tate out for using past tense when he says he thought she was pretty when they first met to casually mentioning going to yoga to judge people there, Foster comes off far more strongly as bratty and judgmental than she does as introverted and independent. And, no, these aren't flaws she really learns or grows from. Then there's Tate. His behaviour is a little more understandable, given the circumstances, but it's still hard to like him when he spends the first half of the book consistently calling Foster a bitch. This includes a painfully absence of self-awareness in the narrative where he praises himself for being raised by a woke, feminist mother and then - in literally the next sentence - refers to Foster as a bitch and a pain the ass. The antagonists in the book aren't particularly good at being villains, either. They spend most of the book doing basically nothing, they're characterizations are incredibly flat, and their dialogue and interactions with each other feel stiff and robotic. I can at least say that their motivations do make sense and they aren't evil for the sake of evil, but... well, for one, the reason they're "broken" is a subject for another rant entirely, and it doesn't matter how effective their motives are if they never do anything. Even in the final confrontation, they are the most ineffectual villains ever and basically fail to do anything with their supposedly incredible power. Charlotte is an okay character, I suppose, though she was rapidly progressing in the direction of a one-note stereotype in her few chapters. Bastien, on the other hand, is insufferable. His narration about his home life makes no sense (what the hell does "the slick and the silence" even mean?!) and immediately upon seeing Charlotte, he decides she is an angel who must save his brokenness. Because it is romantic and feminist to say that a pretty woman's job is to fix a dark and broken man, right? Than there's Tate's granddad, who is insufferably and incessantly referred to as "g-pa". Is that a regional thing? Because I have never in my life use a term like that unironically. In any case, he's constantly bragging about how amazing and clever he is and, despite having a long conversation with Tate about respecting women and women being superior to men, he goes on at length about modern football players all being "pussies". Also, he's an example of elderly characters being written in an incredibly unrealistic fashion, referring to the internet as the "internetathon" and airplanes as "flying machines". Worldbuilding:The most important element of the worldbuilding in this book is the science. Too bad the science makes absolutely no sense.Inserting organic matter into an embryo and irradiating it is not going to create night vision, mind control, and the ability to control matter. Especially not when the matter you're inserting into the cells O2, which already exists inside cells. Also, it's not organic - organic matter is carbon based. The same holds true for inserting H2O into cells to create water powers. The different ways the powers work doesn't make sense, either. They don't fully manifest until eighteen. Why? Hoes does that work? What happens at the age of eighteen that triggers that onset and how can you be sure it will happen precisely on the patient's eighteenth birthday? And how does power of air result in mind control or night vision - and why did Foster and Tate have these abilities well before they turned eighteen? How would the member of the Core Four who controls air be at risk of disappearing into his computer because of his powers?Weather is a super important part of the story, too, especially as it relates to the characters powers, and it's completely botched. Tornadoes are pretty clearly identified as the storm connected with air, but hurricanes are connected to water. Tornadoes and hurricanes are both cyclones, meaning they're both windstorms. A rainstorm, ice storm, or snow storm would make far more sense as the type of weather most strongly connected to water. The addiction in the story also makes no sense, since it essentially amounts to an addiction to healing crystals. Moreover, discussion of a possible overdose doesn't seem feasible. The -isms:As far as I can confirm, there are five black characters in the book. They can be summarized as follows: the big mama, the washed up addict, the living drug, the help, and the sassy best friend. All of them are also described in increasingly ridiculous ways. They are never just black or brown or dark skinned, nor do they ever just have brown eyes or dark eyes. Instead, they're coloured with umber and deep-henna and leaf brown and Tiger Moth brown and fertile earth brown. The term "Nubian princess" is even used multiple times. Cora presents a particularly egregious example through this description of her voice: "the spicy calmness returning to her voice, creamy and rich with a little kick, like Mexican hot chocolate." (pg4)The way this book presents gas station or rest stop clerks is... interesting. It only happens twice, but each time the message is the same and is very clear. They're fat, stupid, sexist, and gross. This is very much presented as a package deal. And then there's the way the book handles mental illness. The Core Four are presented as basically being crazy because their powers are unbalanced. It doesn't seem like any conventional/existing treatments have been attempted. They're crazy and the only way to fix it is to get the other elemental experiments for Doctor Rick so he can do Science(tm). There are also little moments leaning into this same idea. When Foster says something that Tate can't make sense of, he offhandedly comments in the narration that maybe she needs meds and counseling. This is clearly intended as an insult. Later, when Foster is clearly struggling with dark thoughts after seeing another tornado (possibly an indicator of PTSD or a similar trauma response), she instantly has her beauty drain from her. Because mental illness is always, outwardly, and immediately ugly.The way addiction is handled and understood is similarly terrible. A conversation on this subject can basically be summed up as suggesting that is the addict won't quit, the only solution is to kill them so you can be free of them. Yeah.Art: I'm not opposed to including art in a book. I think it can add an interesting dimension and could be fun to play and experimenting with. This book, however, does not do this well in any regard. First of all, the art is for the upcoming graphic novel adaptation. That means the art is specific to that graphic novel, not this book, so it has it's own continuity. This leads to things like the in-text description indicating that Foster is wearing a sweater with the name of a high school printed across it and her hair tied back in a high-top ponytail, but the art shows her in a plain zip-up sweater with a hat on. The art is also inserted into the book terribly. At least half of the images spoil events on the next page. And the formatting problems don't stop there. Handwritten pages are included at one point and they're all split up, so it's one page of text, one picture of text, one page of text, one picture, etc., even though the three pictures represent a set of pages that are supposed to be read together. Moreover, the text on these images doesn't even match the lines drawn on the page. The pages are also smudged by rain, but it's done in such a way as to be laughably unrealistic, so that whole lines are blotted out in the middle of the page while surrounding areas are completely unaffected. Romance:Tate likes Foster because she's pretty. Foster likes Tate because he's hot. They have no chemistry. That's the romance. It appears that the same thing is going to happen between Charlotte and Tate. Plot:It started off with a bang and then, once they reached the safe house, ground to a halt. Foster and Tate aren't really doing anything. The villains aren't really doing anything. Everyone sits around and talks for, like, a hundred pages. Half of that is spent on the forced romance between Foster and Tate. Anything that might have resembled a compelling plot is ruined by poorly written characters, terrible pacing, and nonsensical worldbuilding. I know this doesn't seem like the brief version of my review, but trust me: It is. I could rant for days about everything wrong in this book. I've only just skimmed the surface. Suffice to say, I do not recommend this book to anyone.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    I first off want to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this to review! I found the premise of the book very interesting and I adore the authors so I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to review this. Plus I love the cover and find it very eye-catching and love being able to add this to my shelf.----------------------------------------------------------------------------So there are a few characters I would like to point out:Foster: She is our main character. She is special and kno I first off want to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this to review! I found the premise of the book very interesting and I adore the authors so I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to review this. Plus I love the cover and find it very eye-catching and love being able to add this to my shelf.----------------------------------------------------------------------------So there are a few characters I would like to point out:Foster: She is our main character. She is special and knows it to a point, but still doesn’t have all the answers she seeks. She is a very vibrant character. Newly 18 and has Strawberry Red hair as her main feature. Everyone she has ever loved has passed away so she is alone.Tate: Foster finds him and saves him. He is also special and doesn’t really know it. He is your typical high school jock and senior quarterback. Very family oriented and determined to figure out what has happened.Eve: Oh, what can I say about her. I feel like her character took a whole 180 flip and isn’t the same character she was when the book first started. Anyways, she and her 3 brothers are special and are searching for a group of kids (8 to be exact) who all have the affinities her father has produced. She thinks taking all these kids to her father will buy her the freedom she seeks.---------------------------------------------------------------------------"The point is when my feelings are negative I invoke the bad qualities of air. But when I am relaxed, or happy, I invoke the good things. "---------------------------------------------------------------------------The Dysasters was highly enjoyable and very fast paced. Within the first few chapters we are (literally) taken on a whirlwind of events that has these kids searching for answers about themselves and the ones they love. Foster and Tate are destined to be together given their Air Affinities but grow to respect one another in regards to where got where they are in life.Now, while I found the whole idea of the book very promising and to my interest, it is definitely for the younger crowd. Apart from some of the language used by the 18 year old kids, it is best for the younger kids in the YA genre. One thing I found very interesting was the fact that this book was filled with graphics of the characters and scenes which I found to be very unique and entertaining. Sometimes I wish more books were published like this because I find it helps kids stay interested in the book while reading it.The Core Four (Eve and her Brothers) were very annoying and not likable. Eve was naïve and bossy. All her brothers just follow whoever says a command. Their dad is a dimensional character who is withering away and barely here but still here at the same time. Honestly, I personally had a hard time connecting or relating with any of these characters because they felt very stereotypical to who they were “playing” in this book. I personally didn’t care much for the flow of the way this book was written. It felt forced to me which made it sometimes harder to read.I just want to point out that this book had the humor to make me laugh. I want to say that when I took the photo for this book I had no idea about the Star Wars jokes that were ahead in this novel. Being a complete fan of Star Wars and having it be a big thing in my family, I LOVED that so much! The Jedi mind trick jokes and quotes were so fun to read and brought some life and lightness into the book.-------------------------------------------------------------------------Now, please don’t take that as a means of not to read this book. It was very unique and enjoyable. The characters are well diverse and I can’t wait to see how they develop in the coming books. I loved the idea of the fantasy and magical take on this. Very Avatar- Air Bender meets (idk…) Saved By The Bell? lolIt was a dynamic story for The Dysasters! One that will definitely entertain that younger crowd of YA readers!Thank You Again for allowing me to review this!Make sure you check out The Dysasters on Instagram and GoodReads !Until Next Time,Brittany @DauntlessReading
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  • Olivia Farr
    January 1, 1970
    “The Dysasters” is a really engaging new YA fantasy/sci-fi series. We begin with Foster, whose adopted mother Cora has dragged her to Missouri (or as Foster calls it, misery) to find someone at a high school football game on her eighteenth birthday. When a storm suddenly turns into a tornado, Cora’s heart, which has been hanging by a thread, gives out. Foster and a high school football player, Tate, call out against it- the tornado listens- before splitting and wreaking havoc.With her last words “The Dysasters” is a really engaging new YA fantasy/sci-fi series. We begin with Foster, whose adopted mother Cora has dragged her to Missouri (or as Foster calls it, misery) to find someone at a high school football game on her eighteenth birthday. When a storm suddenly turns into a tornado, Cora’s heart, which has been hanging by a thread, gives out. Foster and a high school football player, Tate, call out against it- the tornado listens- before splitting and wreaking havoc.With her last words, Cora warns them away from four of her presumed deceased adopted father’s associates who are out to get them. Cora has planned for just such cases and sends them armed with a letter to a safe house. Getting there and evading the four after them are no easy task. Quickly, Tate and Foster must figure out who they are, why people are after them, and also work out how to find the other teens who are about to turn 18 and come into their powers.The book is told from many perspectives, and beyond Tate and Foster, we also get the perspectives of Eve and Mark, who are two of the four searching for the teens. Later, we also get the viewpoints from two other teens who are about to manifest their own powers. This fast-paced book is really engaging, quickly pulling the reader into the story and different personalities. There were never a dull moment in the story. Add on to that the comicbook-style drawings that appear throughout, and this is sure to be a big hit among people who like superhero origin stories. I was completely caught up in the story and so sad when I reached the end- I need more, NOW. (Please.) I am so excited about this new series.This new series is a great beginning that introduces the premise, the characters, and has all sorts of action. I cannot wait to see where it will go! I also really liked the diversity of characters that was beginning to appear (different ethnicities/races, transgendered, etc.). I cannot wait to meet the rest of the characters in the coming books, and I could definitely see this becoming a favorite. The only thing I found odd was how fast/passing the grief was for Foster/Tate about their loved ones dying, but I suppose they had little time to grieve considering the danger they are facing. Overall, I think this is an exciting start to a brand new YA superhero-style story, and I can’t wait to continue it with the next book! I loved the characters (even the “bad guys” are given some sympathetic perspectives), and I love the idea. The integration of images/comicbook-style pages within the novel is icing on a delicious cake. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
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  • Sam (literarycritique)
    January 1, 1970
    DNF’d at 66%This was….just wow. I honestly don’t know where to even begin with this review. It was definitely not what I expected. And I went into this ARC with high hopes.I’m a fan of the House of Night series, great books. That’s the whole reason why I requested this one for review. I sincerely thought it would be just as good.I was wrong.So my reasoning for the DNF as well as the pore rating is as follows:The idea is extremely interesting, and it has promise. I don’t know, maybe the other boo DNF’d at 66%This was….just wow. I honestly don’t know where to even begin with this review. It was definitely not what I expected. And I went into this ARC with high hopes.I’m a fan of the House of Night series, great books. That’s the whole reason why I requested this one for review. I sincerely thought it would be just as good.I was wrong.So my reasoning for the DNF as well as the pore rating is as follows:The idea is extremely interesting, and it has promise. I don’t know, maybe the other books in the series will be better, but I just could not follow through with this story. I tried so hard to. I desperately want to know what happens at the end, but the book is just so bad imo that I just couldn’t continue to force myself to read the rest.The idea, as I said, is cool. I think they just wrote it poorly. The authors didn’t put a lot of time into the story, it felt rushed. I mean, there are not a lot of pages in this book; it’s a short novel. Not short enough to be a short story, but not exactly long enough to be a fully fledged novel. I don’t know, it just wan’t executed greatly.Read More
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  • Tarissa
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest opinion*Elemental powers meet Extreme weather what more can you ask for. This is obviously a first book in a series and it got me from the first page. The character development was fantastic and believable too. All characters are very different and yet mesh well together. I also enjoyed the issues that the different characters face, including ethical conversations around what is right and what wrong. The only down s Thank you to the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest opinion*Elemental powers meet Extreme weather what more can you ask for. This is obviously a first book in a series and it got me from the first page. The character development was fantastic and believable too. All characters are very different and yet mesh well together. I also enjoyed the issues that the different characters face, including ethical conversations around what is right and what wrong. The only down side I found in this novel was the illustrations every couple of pages. While I don't mind some illustrations in my books, I felt that there were too many, and it took away from the overall story and made it very distracting .I highly recommend this book and can't wait for the next one.
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  • Paige Green
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received this book from the publishing company. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Book Series: Book 1 of The DysastersRating: 4/5Publication Date: February 26, 2019Genre: YA FantasyRecommended Age: 16+ (language, crushes and love, gruesome death, terrifying powers)Publisher: Wednesday BooksPages: 320Amazon LinkSynopsis: Foster Stewart knows she's different. Her life has never been "normal." Talking to plants and controlling cloud formations aren't things most seventeen year olds are Disclaimer: I received this book from the publishing company. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Book Series: Book 1 of The DysastersRating: 4/5Publication Date: February 26, 2019Genre: YA FantasyRecommended Age: 16+ (language, crushes and love, gruesome death, terrifying powers)Publisher: Wednesday BooksPages: 320Amazon LinkSynopsis: Foster Stewart knows she's different. Her life has never been "normal." Talking to plants and controlling cloud formations aren't things most seventeen year olds are into. Tate "Nighthawk" Taylor is perfect. Star quarterback and all around dreamy boy next door he never thought about his "extra" abilities. What quarterback wouldn't want night vision? That's not weird, right? It's cool! But on the night of their first meeting a deadly tornado brings them together and awakens their true abilities - the power to control the element air. Unbeknown to Tate and Foster, they are the first in a group of teens that were genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements. Which truly sucks for Foster, as she has to face the fact that Dr. Rick Stewart, her beloved scientist father, betrayed her and now wants to use her and the others for his own nefarious world domination plot. Foster and Tate must stop Dr. Stewart and his minions before he destroys their lives and the world.Review: I thought this book was a good start to a series. The book had really well developed characters, the writing was amazing as always and the plot was very interesting. I really like the illustrations too and I felt they added something special to the book. The super power mechanics are very well done and unique. While I do feel like they are planeteers a bit, they’re also starkly different from the planeteers as well.However, I felt like this book was so dialogue heavy. There was hardly any action in writing, most of it was through talking. The book also had an issue with repetitive sentences. I understand that they’re teens and they lost their parents, but there are ways to convey emotions and sadness without having to repeat the same sentences over and over again in your writing. The book was a bit confusing too, especially in the beginning. I was really confused about what was going on in the book until about 100 pages in. I think if I read the synopsis before I read the book it would have helped, but I personally believe that you shouldn’t have to read the synopsis before reading the book. While I nitpick at this book a lot, I do also feel that this book was a good start to an amazing series.Verdict: A few issues, but an amazing book overall! Definitely a summer must read.
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  • Rae
    January 1, 1970
    The Dysasters by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast is a whirlwind of an a paranormal adventurethat features teenagers with special abilities.Foster isn't your average teenager. Homeschooled and on the run, she learns that she is connected with the element air. She has to navigate her own abilities while her entire life gets flipped upside down.Tate enters the scene when a tornado rips through his football game. He and Foster are thrown together, and soon he discovers that he has abilities of his own.Fo The Dysasters by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast is a whirlwind of an a paranormal adventurethat features teenagers with special abilities.Foster isn't your average teenager. Homeschooled and on the run, she learns that she is connected with the element air. She has to navigate her own abilities while her entire life gets flipped upside down.Tate enters the scene when a tornado rips through his football game. He and Foster are thrown together, and soon he discovers that he has abilities of his own.Foster and Tate aren't the only teenagers with special abilities . . . but can they find the others before the Four hunt them down?While I found The Dysasters entertaining, I struggled with the writing. The writing felt awkward(and at times, downright cheesy), and the whole book felt slightly rushed and hashed together. Despite this, the pacing was great,which made it easy to get through.I loved the story concept. While I thought the execution was so-so, I think the story idea is first-rate. Yes, the writing could have been better, but I still want to know what happens next!Also, the graphic novel style drawings throughout the book were a nice touch.The ending was fine and wrapped up the book nicely. There are still a lot of unknowns, which I would imagine will be covered in the next book.The characters were a little unimaginative. For teenagers with special abilities, I would have expected a more vibrant cast of characters. They felt somewhat cookie-cutter, and honestly, the best character in my eyes was G-pa. Now he was cool!If you're already fans of P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, check out The Dysasters!Thank you to Wednesday Books for providing the physical copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    This is a 1.5 stars but I thought the end slightly redeemed itself so I'll round it up to two on "my rating."The concept of this book intrigued me and I was excited to read it. The excitement quickly dwindled into dread because I refused to DNF the book. At the start, the reader is thrust into a scenario that seemed a little forced; it was confusing and a little frustrating.The characters were not very likable and were cliche. They reacted in odd ways to the revelations and disasters they faced. This is a 1.5 stars but I thought the end slightly redeemed itself so I'll round it up to two on "my rating."The concept of this book intrigued me and I was excited to read it. The excitement quickly dwindled into dread because I refused to DNF the book. At the start, the reader is thrust into a scenario that seemed a little forced; it was confusing and a little frustrating.The characters were not very likable and were cliche. They reacted in odd ways to the revelations and disasters they faced. There is a group of four other characters that get some air time but they were uninteresting. The writing did not make up for the uninteresting characters. The swearing in this was forced and unnecessary. It made the experience even more unbearable. The writers repeated a certain phrase throughout the book to reinforce the fact that the characters are siblings. We get it. Overall, I did not enjoy the book and it was not a pleasant experience. However, I am curious to know what happens next. I would not mind having someone spoil the next book for me.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest opinion** ACTUAL: 4.5/5 STARS *This one pleasantly surprised me! I loved the sci-fi elements, the brewing romance, and the quirky characters. Foster was easy to read about, and the variety of characters were engaging. Tate and Foster both developed throughout the novel, and embraced their powers through positive means. The Core Four were occasionally irritating, I found Eve rather naive, but they were good villains Thank you to the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest opinion** ACTUAL: 4.5/5 STARS *This one pleasantly surprised me! I loved the sci-fi elements, the brewing romance, and the quirky characters. Foster was easy to read about, and the variety of characters were engaging. Tate and Foster both developed throughout the novel, and embraced their powers through positive means. The Core Four were occasionally irritating, I found Eve rather naive, but they were good villains for the story. I did enjoy the sleuthing done at the cottage, the unique hints and clues added to the suspense. Overall, I think a lot of individuals are going to enjoy this story, and I look forward to continuing the series.
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  • Lorraine Leierzapf
    January 1, 1970
    This book was absolutely phenomenal! P.C. and Kristin Cast are once again bringing me into a world of fantasy with this new series. I decided to write my review without spoilers because I really want people to read what I've written before they read the book. It is so well written and it keeps you interested from the second you start the book. I love the flow of the book and it contains some drawings to give you a perfect idea of the characters. I have been a fan of the Cast Clan for a very long This book was absolutely phenomenal! P.C. and Kristin Cast are once again bringing me into a world of fantasy with this new series. I decided to write my review without spoilers because I really want people to read what I've written before they read the book. It is so well written and it keeps you interested from the second you start the book. I love the flow of the book and it contains some drawings to give you a perfect idea of the characters. I have been a fan of the Cast Clan for a very long time, the House of Night Series is what got me hooked to their novels. Whether they write together or separate, they always keep me interested. I highly recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of these two. If you have never heard of them, this is a great place to start! It's book one of what will be a fantastic series! Read away and enjoy!
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  • Fiona Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    Elemental Psychic powers meet Extreme weather what more can you ask for. This is obviously a first book in a series and it got me from the first page. The mixture of prose and illustration I found interesting especially when you have hit a fast pace, fast action part. The character development was fantastic and believable too. All characters are very different and yet mesh well together. I also enjoyed the issues that the book brings up and different characters face including parts where two or Elemental Psychic powers meet Extreme weather what more can you ask for. This is obviously a first book in a series and it got me from the first page. The mixture of prose and illustration I found interesting especially when you have hit a fast pace, fast action part. The character development was fantastic and believable too. All characters are very different and yet mesh well together. I also enjoyed the issues that the book brings up and different characters face including parts where two or more actually have ethical conversations around what is right and what wrong. I highly recommend this book and can't wait for the next one. #Dysasters #Netgallery
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  • Nessa
    January 1, 1970
    I’m just going to dive right in here: I enjoyed this book. A lot. I said it. I’m not taking it back. Deal with it.I read the House of Night series like everyone else and jumped at the chance to pick up the first book in a new series by this incredible mother/daughter writing duo. Even if we forget about who wrote this book, the synopsis for Dysasters alone is so intriguing, how could you not want to pick it up? Teenagers who can control the elements? The mad scientist who wants to use them to ta I’m just going to dive right in here: I enjoyed this book. A lot. I said it. I’m not taking it back. Deal with it.I read the House of Night series like everyone else and jumped at the chance to pick up the first book in a new series by this incredible mother/daughter writing duo. Even if we forget about who wrote this book, the synopsis for Dysasters alone is so intriguing, how could you not want to pick it up? Teenagers who can control the elements? The mad scientist who wants to use them to take over the world? Minions? Hell yes, I wanted to read this book! I didn’t even care that I’m probably too old to read it now. I shamelessly devoured this and was left wanting more. So much more.The thing I love about Dysasters is that it should appeal to more than one age category and not a lot of books can do that. Is this a book that is aimed more towards the younger crowd? Absolutely. It is a YOUNG ADULT book. There are so many cheesy moments, especially when it comes to Tate and Foster, that it should come with a mirror so you can see your cringe-face while you read. Most of the conversations are on the juvenile side and the overwhelmingly universal acceptance of all the crazy happenings is almost laughable. Here’s the thing though…these are all common traits in YA books. If you can read this and keep that in mind, it is such a fun read. I mean really fun and really, really interesting.Let’s talk about the language for a minute. Not the every day language but the sheer amount of profanity the Casts have used in this book. I know there are goin to be so many people complaining about the use of “foul language” in a Young Adult book but…come on! These are teenagers. Damn near adults, to be honest. I challenge you to show me just one 14-18 year old (probably younger actually but I’m not going to get into THAT argument) that doesn’t ramble off an entire slew of curse words on a regular basis? Just one. I’ll wait. If you honestly think your teenager couldn’t teach you a few new words, then you’re either incredible gullible or lying to yourself. ALL teenagers swear. I’m sure teenagers who just had their entire universes flipped upside down swear even more. To me, that mage the book a lot more relatable and I loved it. Curse away!I wasn’t overly attached to any of the characters but I think that they might grow on me over time. Especially Tate. I don’t know who’s idea it was to make him a football player but he is definitely NOT a football player. Out of everyone, I think I like him the most because he has surprised me the most. I think his acceptance of how life is playing out for him is a little on the “out-there” side of things, but I have to admit….I’m getting a soft spot for the guy. He has great taste in books, a soft heart and he knows what a Planeteer is. I could adopt him. All the other characters, however, will take me some time. I liked seeing Foster’s softer side when making her wind orchestra but she is really a pretty abrasive girl so I think I still need to give her some time.The big issue I have with Dysasters is the Core Four (or the Fucktastic Four….whichever you prefer). They just don’t make sense to me. I understand that they all have issues….big, BIG issues but these are grown ass adults. Not even younger adults, but established 30 year old adults and they all act like they are 15. This is more than likely the effect of their upbringing, but it just didn’t sit well with me.Well, this went on a whole lot longer than I had originally anticipated but there were a few points I had wanted to bring up and I think I made them. I was thrilled to read this book and I will be looking forward to continuing with the series. I can’t wait to see what happens next!Thanks to NetGalley and ST. Martin’s Press for providing me with a copy of this book to read and provide my honest opinion.
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  • Elley Murray
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 3.5 starsThis got off to a really rough start for me. I'd almost say it was a slow start, except it launches into the story with multiple tornadoes tearing up a town, dozens of people dying, and an epic chase scene - so how do you really call that "slow"? And yet... There's a LOT of information dump happening in the first third to half of this book, and it sort of bogs it down. Then again, this is also the first book that sets up a greater duology/trilogy/series, so some of that is to be Rating: 3.5 starsThis got off to a really rough start for me. I'd almost say it was a slow start, except it launches into the story with multiple tornadoes tearing up a town, dozens of people dying, and an epic chase scene - so how do you really call that "slow"? And yet... There's a LOT of information dump happening in the first third to half of this book, and it sort of bogs it down. Then again, this is also the first book that sets up a greater duology/trilogy/series, so some of that is to be expected, and once the preliminaries were out of the way the rest of the book took off flying. Foster is pretty abrasive and not the most pleasant person, so if your enjoyment of a book relies on you actually liking the main character from the get-go, The Dysasters might not be for you. I could see the vulnerable girl underneath the tough exterior, and she kind of grew on me. Then there's Tate, who has a very Clark Kent, corn-fed midwestern boy-next-door thing going on, and he's very sweet (if a little bland). They're the pair of kids associate with the air element, and the main focus of the majority of the book. Honestly, I probably wouldn't keep reading this series if it were just Foster and Tate, but in the final third (or so) of the book we're introduced to Charlotte and Bastien (the water kids), and OH, my swoon, I stan a cajun and a southern belle. *fans self* YES. I am 100% here for the next book in the series just to watch a romance blossom between Charlotte and Bastien, please and thank you. Just from the bits we've gotten from Charlotte and Bastien, I already like their characters so much more than Tate and Foster too, so I'm glad there are some main characters I can connect with (because I am one of those people who needs to like the MC's to truly enjoy a book!) I'm also interested to see where P.C. and Kristin Cast go with the fire and earth pairs, and I'm hoping for more diverse characters like Charlotte and Bastien (please please please).A note: there is a LOT of swearing, which for a YA novel especially felt gratuitous and off-putting to me. Even if this hadn't been billed as YA, I wouldn't love the "Fucktastic Four" (which I'm assuming is a clever play on the Fantastic Four, which I get, but maybe drop it once and laugh and then move on?) Tate also called Foster a bitch a lot, which made me immediately like him a lot less, so we had some hurdles to cross. Also, while G-Pa as a character rocks... "G-Pa"? Really? Who calls their grandpa that? I question some of the linguistic choices, but okay...This is the first book in The Dysasters ... series? quartet? trilogy? I don't see that it's been announced yet. Originally I assumed it would be a quartet with each book focusing on an element, but that doesn't seem to be the route Cast and Cast are taking (which is awesome, because if we hadn't met Charlotte and Bastien in book 1 I might not have made it to meeting them...) Some story arcs are closed within this book and you could theoretically read it as a stand alone, but it also sets the stage and larger ongoing story arc for the rest of the series. I'll be sticking around to give book 2 a change (because I need me some more Charlotte and Basten!!)
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    First off, a huge thank you to St. Martin's Press and Wednesday Books for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for this. They were kind enough to send me a physical ARC which, as a small Canadian book blogger, I can't tell you how much that means to me. My first one ever! Second, I accepted the opportunity out of sheer curiosity. Like many others, I was swept up in the vampire craze during high school, and The House of Night series was one of those I devoured. So I owed it to the authors First off, a huge thank you to St. Martin's Press and Wednesday Books for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for this. They were kind enough to send me a physical ARC which, as a small Canadian book blogger, I can't tell you how much that means to me. My first one ever! Second, I accepted the opportunity out of sheer curiosity. Like many others, I was swept up in the vampire craze during high school, and The House of Night series was one of those I devoured. So I owed it to the authors to check out their newest endeavour. A disclaimer: this book is dramatic as hell. I mean, slow your roll there for just a second. Tornados are touching down left and right like it's nobody's business, people are dying like it's a normal thing, and teens are losing their tempers and falling in love with little to no warning. I mean, the writing in this book is by no means going to win any awards. It's over the top, at times both cringey and eye-roll and inducing, and could definitely use a good, tightening edit. Basically what I remember of The House of Night series.But once you get past all of that craziness, it's actually kind of fun!The elemental abilities introduced are really neat. In this book, we only get to dive into the air manipulation Tate and Foster can do, with a tiny taste of water from another character that will feature largely in the next books. Some of it seemed a bit too ... easy — like how on earth did you figure that out so quick and without effort? — but it sets up an interesting premise going forward. In regards to the deeper mystery of the plot, I'm definitely intrigued to learn more. I feel like we barely scratched the surface on some relationships, motives and history. The book doesn't quite end on a cliffhanger, but I am left wondering what happens next? Every so often, a surprise in the form of a graphic illustration will show up, giving life to the characters and the story. A few of them were a little creepy to look at closely, but most of them were really cool.
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  • Jeri
    January 1, 1970
    When I started reading this book I had an idea about it's theme, then the book put the words right out there! It is sorta like the tv cartoon series "Captain Planet and the Planeteers". But don't take that description literal cuz you got lots of teenage angst going on as well.We are introduced very quickly to two teenagers right as they turn 18 and come into their "powers" which they do not know how to control or even that they have in some cases. They are quickly orphaned by tornadoes that stri When I started reading this book I had an idea about it's theme, then the book put the words right out there! It is sorta like the tv cartoon series "Captain Planet and the Planeteers". But don't take that description literal cuz you got lots of teenage angst going on as well.We are introduced very quickly to two teenagers right as they turn 18 and come into their "powers" which they do not know how to control or even that they have in some cases. They are quickly orphaned by tornadoes that strike the town they are in. Realizing they are being hunted by the "Core Four" they flee town to a safe place that was made for them in advance. They soon learn more about what is going on and what the plot is against them. They were genetically engineered to bond with elements and the scientist that did it is hunting them down using the "Core Four". They realize there are 3 more pairs in the world and they have to find and save them from being taken. This story has many different elements to it. I love disasters and science but the teenage angst in it sorta turned me off. I was sorta meh for it but will give it some time to come into it's own as this seems like a series that will be built over a few books.I was given an eARC by the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Jypsy
    January 1, 1970
    In The Dysasters,two 18 year olds discover they have super powers to control elements. Foster and Tate have no idea what to do with these powers. They don't know how they acquired the powers. They are basically lost and confused. The mad scientist who gave the powers to them is now after them. It's confusing at times, and I could have done without the illustrations. I'm not a fan of graphic novels. The story felt like it was leaning too much toward being written just for teens because of the dia In The Dysasters,two 18 year olds discover they have super powers to control elements. Foster and Tate have no idea what to do with these powers. They don't know how they acquired the powers. They are basically lost and confused. The mad scientist who gave the powers to them is now after them. It's confusing at times, and I could have done without the illustrations. I'm not a fan of graphic novels. The story felt like it was leaning too much toward being written just for teens because of the dialogue and lack of development in the characters. It's just missing something overall. The story is engaging but not enough. I almost didn't finish it. It's a good read for teens. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Rivka
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't like this book. I received an ARC for free from a Goodreads giveaway, so I tried to read it all the way through to review it, but after reading it cover to cover, all I remember is that the character developement was nonexistent, the characters kept saying things that they thought were supposed to be witty and the other characters agreed with them, and the redheaded character was referred to as a "strawberry" far more than I consider acceptable. Also, a character has a creepy relationsh I didn't like this book. I received an ARC for free from a Goodreads giveaway, so I tried to read it all the way through to review it, but after reading it cover to cover, all I remember is that the character developement was nonexistent, the characters kept saying things that they thought were supposed to be witty and the other characters agreed with them, and the redheaded character was referred to as a "strawberry" far more than I consider acceptable. Also, a character has a creepy relationship with her father and rocks.
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  • Haley C.
    January 1, 1970
    This is a straight up bad superhero story. Even the illustrations are bad. The artist works best when drawing from a distance, and in her closeups all the characters seem to have the same overly large lips, odd highlighting in their eyes, and stony expressions. The story isn't much better. You can read some of the other reviews to get more info on the plot itself, it's very basic. Character 1 shows up in small town, disaster strikes, killing Character 1's mentor and Character 2's loved ones, thu This is a straight up bad superhero story. Even the illustrations are bad. The artist works best when drawing from a distance, and in her closeups all the characters seem to have the same overly large lips, odd highlighting in their eyes, and stony expressions. The story isn't much better. You can read some of the other reviews to get more info on the plot itself, it's very basic. Character 1 shows up in small town, disaster strikes, killing Character 1's mentor and Character 2's loved ones, thus throwing them together. 1 and 2 flee to some safe house where they can harness their new powers in peace, while also developing a love connection. Evil group pursues 1 and 2, managing to track them down through an innocent mistake. Evil group holds 2's last loved one hostage, sending 1 and 2 to the rescue. Again, basic story but could easily be spiced up. I mean, it's basically Star Wars. There's also a weird Star Wars connection in this story that just comes off bad. Two characters of color, Finn and Sabine, become friends with Foster, the female lead, and Tate, the male lead. Except Finn is just a farmhand who works on the place where they live and Sabine is his girlfriend who really only exists to become Foster's sassy black friend. So, weird and kind of racist in my opinion.As for the others leads, Foster, get it, because she's a foster kid? is a bitch, straight up. Tate "Nighthawk" Taylor, yes, he introduces himself like that James Bond style, is a bit better than Foster. He at least wants to help people and feels bad when his parents die, even though his grief is dismissed as quickly as it is mentioned. Both of them have air powers, which also includes rain for some reason. Their love connection comes out of nowhere, especially because they've been combative and hostile to each other up until one chapter where they decide they like each other. There's a couple more characters, Charlotte and Bastien. Bastion is Cajun and sometimes speaks French. Charlotte is a trans person, moving from male to female. They both have a connection to water. That's literally as deep as their characters go.The evil group consists of Matthew, Mark, Luke and Eve. Kinda get the feeling that PCK doesn't like Christianity, naming their villains after the gospels. Eve is really the only sympathetic one, and she only seems to be a metaphor for man stealing and abusing the planet. (Spoilers: She can grow crystals out of her skin and Dr. Evil is addicted to using these crystals to get high). Getting into the superpowers, which apparently came about by inserting oxygen, for air powers, and water, for water powers, into embryos and bombarding them with gamma radiation, they're bad. Half the fun of any superhero movie is getting to watch them learn their powers. For example, Avatar the Last Airbender has the exact same powers as this group, but uses them so much better. Movement and understanding of their element is involved in using them. How do characters use their powers in this book? Singing, asking their element to do something, and saying "I love ____!". Literally, that is all they do. There's no massive fights, element against element, because that would involve effort. To sum up, bad characters, bad illustrations, bad superpowers. They had a good premise and pissed it away. If you want to read a really good superheroine book, check out Heroine Complex by Sara Kuhn. *Copy obtained by my Walmart that accidentally put it out on Friday instead of the release date*
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  • Cait -- GoodeyReads
    January 1, 1970
    Note: Thank you to the publisher, Wednesday Books, for sending a physical ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.NOT MY CUP OF TEA.BLOG || INSTAI was really excited about this book, mainly because of the summary. It sounded Michael Vey-ish (and I loved that series!) and was hoping for more of the same. It’s completely crazy that some mad scientist messed with embryos for his own gain! How evil right? While the concept and premise is there, the story itself never came toget Note: Thank you to the publisher, Wednesday Books, for sending a physical ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.NOT MY CUP OF TEA.BLOG || INSTAI was really excited about this book, mainly because of the summary. It sounded Michael Vey-ish (and I loved that series!) and was hoping for more of the same. It’s completely crazy that some mad scientist messed with embryos for his own gain! How evil right? While the concept and premise is there, the story itself never came together for me.I also did like that they repped my alma mater, Texas A&M, a handful of times. That was cool. And jumping all over the U.S. was interesting. I liked that it wasn’t a stagnant story in one location. There was a lot of change in POV as well. I personally like that because I get to see the story from multiple sides and understand the characters on a deeper level.I felt this book could be much more appropriate and fun for a younger audience, if it wasn’t trying so hard to be more adult. I’m fine with language, unless it crosses a line that leads into unnecessary. Calling the bad guys the “F**ktastic Four” and having Tate continually calling Foster a “witch” really rubs me the wrong way. I couldn’t get behind the relationship because heaven knows I would never allow someone to call me that than kiss me a few days later. I even physically cringed during some conversations that were added to no benefit of the plot.I didn’t much care for any of these characters. With typical teenagers, I get it, they are still figuring life out. But in this case I felt everyone was contradicting themselves. Saying/doing one thing, then within the same chapter completely flipping on that narrative. Personalities were way too stereotypical and flat. The villains basically do nothing other than sit around and complain. Dr. Stewart, the supposed evil scientist, is hardly in this book. His minions aren’t even that nefarious. They were all bark and no bite, making them awfully dull.I wasn’t a big fan of the comics in this book either. I generally enjoy coming up with an image in my head of what a character looks like, and not being forced into it by pictures that make you pause in the middle of reading (truly interrupting you). They took away from the story rather than added to it.The writing wasn’t my favorite and felt forced at times. There was a lot to happen, but yet, didn’t happen. And side characters all of a sudden best friends, and love interests with very little connection other than teenage “oh look how hot they are” angst. I was confused by the addition of more high caliber words (like fuliginous) next to simple phrases. It really felt like two separate people wrote this book rather than a meeting of the minds.I have more, but don’t feel it’s worth the time to continue. *sighs* Overall audience notes: - Young adult fantasy (in contemporary world)- Language: a word in just about every paragraph- Romance: some kisses, thoughts of how hot everyone is- Violence: natural disasters (tornadoes)- Trigger warnings: verbal sexual harassment, a near plane crash
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