Happy Friday and welcome to my stop on The Disasters blog tour!!! This is such a FANTASTIC book, and I’m so excited to be a part of the book tour! So read on to find my review, favorite quotes, and information about the author and the tour!
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Disasters by M.K. England
Published by HarperCollins, HarperTeen on December 18, 2018
Genres: Futuristic, Science Fiction, Thriller, YA
Format: ARC, eARC
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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 Good, The Bad, and The GIF
The Good: Everything? Everything. The characters, the found (and re-found) family, THE LOVE TRIANGLE (and no, I don’t think I’ve ever said that before), just everything was PERFECT. I especially loved how seamlessly the ~diversity~ was written. Much like Anger is a Gift, it didn’t feel out of place or stilted, it just flowed. Because that’s how the real world is. Also, the cover. HOT DAMN. I think this may be one of my favorite books of 2018. And I’m SO EXCITED that everyone gets to read it now!!!
The Bad: This is not really a bad thing about the book so much as a not so great thing about me reading this book, but I wish I had read it faster. I think it would be much more enjoyable as a one or two sitting book instead of a stretched out over almost a month book. So to everyone reading this- block off a day or two to sit down and devour this book!
Judging a Book by its Cover
This cover is my FAVORITE cover of 2018!!! I voted for it in the first round of the *Book Shimmy* Awards, but it didn’t make it to the next round. 🙁 You can also find it on my Top Ten Tuesday Favorite Covers of 2018 post! Basically, it’s perfect and I love it. Ten out of five stars.
For more queer scifi, read We Are the Ants by Shaun David Huchinson
For more teen space thrillers, read This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson
For more space operas set in the future, read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The Sorting Hat
As always, I’m using the system created by Sorting Hat Chats for this! For more information on what I’m talking about, click here. Today’s character is…
Nax: Oh sweet baby Nax. I love my Slytherin Primary, Gryffindor Secondary mess of a main character.
Fiercely loyal and ambitious, Nax’s Slytherin Primary is most obvious in his love of flying, despite the consequences, View Spoiler »which really: Who sneaks into school on the weekends? « Hide Spoiler. His Gryffindor Secondary is what I would sort him as if I was only using one house, because his reckless bravery is his most defining characteristic. His humor is his second most defining characteristic, and that’s definitely why I love him.
I LOVE how realistic the relationship between View Spoiler »Nax and Malik felt! From the beginning where we didn’t really know why they weren’t close, all the way through to their make up, it was just amazing. « Hide Spoiler
Also, to elaborate on the LOVE TRIANGLE, View Spoiler » oh man I don’t ever think I’ve loved a romantic subplot more than this one. There was no (real) angst, just “do I like this person? oh man I like that person too. and thEY BOTH LIKE ME.” Poor Nax. I definitely was rooting for some polyamory toward the end, « Hide Spoiler but that’s what fanfic is for, I guess.
Who would you want to be stuck in space with if you were branded as a criminal and running for your life? Personally, I would prefer a group of strangers so that (at least at first) I could worry more about everyone’s survival than whomever I knew that was with me. Let me know your answer in the comments!
About the Author
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: