Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Disasters by M.K. England

Title: The Disasters
Author: M. K. England
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: HarperCollins

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.
Review by Nara

The Disasters features the classic misfits band together and uncover a deadly plot trope that I love. Some people may say that it's a bit overused these days in YA, but I'm certainly not one of those people. I always enjoy seeing people of different backgrounds having to work together to solve problems.

There is a surprising amount of diversity in the novel, and the way it's written it doesn't come off as too far off in the future- it actually almost seems like a story that could be occurring right now despite the fact that it's set in various other planets. I thought the romance especially was actually pretty well done, and although it ended up being a relatively large aspect of the plot, it wasn't so much that it overshadowed the other more important main plotlines.

Overall a fast-paced and fun sci-fi adventure novel, would recommend it to those looking for a relatively light sci-fi.

Really liked it
Overall: 8/10
Plot: 4/5
Romance: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
World Building: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Cover: 2/5