Author: M.K. England
Publication Date: December 18th, 2018
Synopsis: 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.
I absolutely love a good book that is both science fiction and has characters that I can really connect with. I was so excited to hear about The Disasters, and when I got the chance to read it, I was excited about it from the very first page!
I love the cover of The Disasters. Purple is such an eye catching color, and the simplicity really makes this cover stand out. I’ve always been more fond of covers that aren’t too “busy,” and this one is just absolutely awesome. I love the space helmet, too.
The characters in this book are so well written. Seriously, this book had some of my all time favorite characters. They were really wonderfully developed and had such vivid and amazing personalities that they pretty much were like the kind of people I wish I knew in real life. Their stories were believable and they had the kind of character development that I live for – it was there, it was wonderfully done, and they really grew as characters.
The story in The Disasters was so incredibly unique, and so much fun! I guess for some reason I expected this to be a lot more serious than fun, and while at times it was, for the most part it was just the kind of exciting romp through space I find myself loving – you know, if I had ever read anything else like this before! This was a definite first for me and I felt like it really offered so much – fun, playful, serious at the proper times, and full of detail.
Speaking of detail, the world building in this wonderful novel was incredible. The way the author described everything was just breathtaking – I had such a perfect picture of it all in my head, and that’s the way I like my books. There wasn’t too much detail, but it was still pretty detailed – does that make sense? The author didn’t overdo it, and instead brought about the perfect balance to the story, I guess is what I’m trying to say.
If you love science fiction, you really want to pick this one up. I love anything to do with space and young adult fiction, so it was only natural that I was really drawn to this book. With incredibly settings, highly detailed descriptions that will knock your socks off, and a fantastic cast of characters, this is the kind of book that will take you on a very fun and wild ride!
Note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
M.K. England is an author and YA librarian living who grew up on the Space Coast of Florida and now calls the mountains of Virginia home. When she’s not writing or librarianing, MK can be found drowning in fandom, going to conventions, rolling dice at the gaming table, climbing on things in the woods, or feeding her video game addiction. She loves Star Wars with a desperate, heedless passion. It’s best if you never speak of Sherlock Holmes in her presence. You’ll regret it.
Her debut YA space opera, THE DISASTERS, will be out on 12/18/18 from HarperTeen. For the latest DISASTERS news, you can subscribe to the Eccentric Orbit monthly newsletter at biy.ly/MKEnews. You can also find her on twitter (@geektasticlib), instagram (m.k.england), tumblr (mkengland), and at www.mkengland.com.