The Disasters

The Disasters

eBook - 2018
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The Breakfast Club meets Guardians of the Galaxy in this YA sci-fi adventure by debut author M. K. England.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, Nax and his fellow failures plan to pull off a dangerous heist to spread the truth. Because they may not be "Academy material," and they may not even get along, but they're the only ones left to step up and fight.Full of high-stakes action, subversive humor, and underdogs becoming heroes, this YA sci-fi adventure is perfect for fans of Illuminae, Heart of Iron, or the cult classic TV show Firefly and is also a page-turning thrill ride that anyone—not just space nerds—can enjoy.
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9780062657695
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Oct 05, 2019

Can a bunch of misfits save millions of people? Read this and find out! You won't be disappointed!

Hillsboro_ElenaG Aug 14, 2019

This ultra fun YA sci-fi adventure is one of my favorite reads of 2019 so far. A diverse, snarky group of teens washes out of space academy and finds themselves the sole survivors of a terrorist attack that wiped out the entire population of the academy space station...without anyone planetside noticing. They end up simultaneously running from the authorities who want them captured for crimes they didn't commit (and a few they did...but all for a good cause) and trying to alert those same authorities to the fact that even bigger attacks are on the horizon from terrorist organization Earth First, whose members have infiltrated all levels of government. This book is fast-paced, funny, and has a lot of heart. I was sad to reach the end of my time with these great characters and realize that The Disasters is a standalone, but I can't wait to read M. K. England's next book regardless.

JessicaGma May 27, 2019

This was a great space caper with a bisexual main character - lots of action, drama, chases, you name it.

May 26, 2019

This was exactly what I hoped for- a fun space adventure romp with a bunch of teenaged misfit geniuses. If that sounds like an 80s movie, it did kind of have that vibe to it (entertaining, visual, and I swear my brain supplied a soundtrack and everything). It's a quick-paced adventure story with a diverse ensemble cast, so a pretty perfect setup as far as summer reads go. Don't expect to get heavily emotionally invested in any specific character, but each character is developed enough to be their own distinct person with identifying quirks (OK, I would've liked to see more development with Rion, possibly because his wit was charming).

It was awesome to have an openly bisexual MC (the first time I can recall reading a story with an openly bisexual MC, to be honest) and also, at the same time, to have the love triangle (well, triangle of sexual tension) *not* be vying to be a main plot point. Yay! Speaking of plot, it has a sort of Star Wars level hero's journey feel to it. There are a lot of sly nods to popular science fiction shows and stories, which were nice Easter eggs to run across. I also appreciate that the author reached for a threat concept that mirrors real world politics (as opposed to some Snidely Whiplash level of villainy), even thought there's a lot that's brushed past (this book really does read like a 1980's teen movie, but I also really liked it).

Overall, I liked it and it's put me in both a "more scifi!" and a "more misfits!" mood. :)

SnoIsleLib_MartaM Mar 03, 2019

Seat-of-the pants action featuring a cast of diverse characters who shouldn't have been washed out of the academy. They are just the crew to try to save the universe. Heist adventure meets space opera for tons of nail-biting fun.

DCLteens Dec 17, 2018

A 2018 Must-Read Young Adult pick! Full of high-stakes action, subversive humor, and underdogs becoming heroes, this YA sci-fi adventure is perfect for fans of "Illuminae," "Heart of Iron," and the cult classic TV show "Firefly." It's also a page-turning thrill ride that anyone—not just space nerds—can enjoy.

LPL_WilliamO Nov 27, 2018

This is the ABSOLUTE BEST YA Sci-Fi book you'll EVER READ! It's kind of like The Breakfast Club meets Guardians of the Galaxy. Plus diverse characters, with bi and trans representation included. Full of action. SO FUN. SO GOOD. Don't skip it!

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