Published by HarperCollins on December 18th 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
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Hotshot pilot Nax Hall has a history of making poor life choices. So it’s not exactly a surprise when he’s kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than twenty-four hours.
But Nax’s one-way trip back to Earth is cut short when a terrorist group attacks the Academy. Nax and three other washouts escape—barely—but they’re also the sole witnesses to the biggest crime in the history of space colonization. And the perfect scapegoats.
On the run and framed for atrocities they didn’t commit, Nax and his fellow failures execute a dangerous heist to spread the truth about what happened at the Academy.
They may not be “Academy material,” and they may not get along, but they’re the only ones left to step up and fight.
The Disasters is basically The Breakfast Club meets Guardians of the Galaxy and it was a very solidly fun book with a diverse cast and a queer romance lurking around the corner. Safe to say this book made my heart very happy because this was exactly what I needed to read. Did it blow my mind with its twist and turns? Maybe not, but not every book needs to be like that and this is one of those because I had so. much. fun.
This book is about a group of washed out students that witness a terrorist group attack the elite Ellis Station Academy and are then framed for it. Nax, our MC, functions as their pilot and captain as they come together for a dangerous heist to get the truth out there as they run from authorities and get into lots of shenanigans in space.
WHAT I LIKED:
~ The characters are everything! This diverse group of misfits consists of a disaster bi that is no stranger to making poor life choices, a kickass muslim girl, a transgender biracial girl that also kicks all the asses, a super smart girl with anxiety and a gay British guy. The diversity here is so on point and I LOVE that most characters are either queer, POC or both. The Swift Kick crew is definitely a fun squad that I would love to hang around with.
~ The writing that was easy to read and fast paced, causing me to blow through this book in one sitting because I was so invested that I just needed to know what happened next. Plus the ending wrapped things up nicely while still leaving an opening for a sequel, which I’m actually hoping for but at the same time I won’t be sitting with a million questions if this is just a standalone. (Please don’t be a standalone though, I need more space shenanigans with these precious disaster kids)
~ The plot that was just all fun and heists and space shenanigans Guardians of the Galaxy style. What’s not to love honestly? Plus it’s actually super funny and the banter is A+. These misfits are thrown together by circumstance and are the only ones able to stop this terrible thing from happening. This would make for a very fun movie, is all I’m saying.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:
~ Some of it felt… easy? The stakes were high, for sure, but they also weren’t at the same time? I wasn’t ever afraid someone might not make it out alive. But that didn’t take away the fun so it wasn’t really that much of an issue for me. Not every book needs to be like that and it’s nice just to have a genuinely fun read that doesn’t give me heart attacks every chapter or two.
~ It’s set in 2194 but it still felt very current at the same time. Like yeah there’s space stations on the moon and colonies living on other planets (which was awesome by the way), but there’s also still smartphones with apps and taking selfies and SkyMall and stuff?? I would think by that time we would’ve progressed more? But who knows, really. Someone will have to go to the future, then come back and tell us how accurate this is. Again, not that much of a hang-up but I felt like I had to mention it.
In the end, The Disasters is a fun, solid read that made me laugh and swoon a little bit with the bi/gay romance lurking. I highly recommend picking it up if you’re in for a group of diverse misfits and their space shenanigans. Someone please tell me there will be a sequel?