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 a day. But his 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.
🌸 I would suggest this to anyone 14+ because it’s an awesome and light sci-fi read that I think anyone can enjoy!
Can we talk about just how much fun this book is?
I love it. Seriously. Light, fun adventure reads are the best and M.K. England’s The Disasters is no exception! Not only is there an awesome diverse cast, but I love how fun and enjoyable and heartwarming this was!
I know some sci-fi is super doom and gloom, but this was that sort of fun adventure story you just love snuggling down in a cozy arm chair and devouring! It lets you live in another world (or, in this case, out of Earth) for a little bit and relax with this ragtag bunch. But this doesn’t mean there’s no stakes, because oh. There are totally stakes!
Like, oh y’know, humanity. The lives of people on some planets. Simple things like that. So obviously there are some pretty great stakes, but England kept it still lighthearted and fun without being ridiculous.
Plus, my favorite part of this was the characters! The found family aspect was amazing and I love how these teens were brought together and forced to rely on each other to survive, and eventually found a family in each other. No wonder England recommended The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet to me (unrelated to her book) because found family is so awesome and MK totally knows it.
I love how the characters interacted with each other and complemented each other, and even though they had their ups and downs, it was all really gratifying in the end with how they found this new amazing group of people.
And I mean, they had really relatable struggles? Nax and his brother had this complex relationship I loved exploring, and even the more side characters were really interesting in some of their motivations etc. (Plus some of the romance aspects are low-key but super spicy!)
Similarly, I mean–I just love space? And the spacey bits were so much fun! Some sci-fi just doesn’t click with me, but I really love the world England developed and all the science-y things she used to back it up and the tech! (The tech and spaceships were so much fun, not gonna lie.)
It was all so great and I’m so glad I got to read this! I’m really excited to read England’s sophomore novel next year, and my appetite for her work has been thoroughly whetted.
Honestly, my only critique for The Disasters would be that the antagonists felt kind of flat. I feel like this is a little bit because the book is so light and not too dark and intense in that way, but I don’t know, something about the antagonists felt a little two dimensional and not necessarily as complex as I wanted it to be.
Nonetheless, I found it to still be a really fun read and space opera, and the antagonist part honestly didn’t bother me much. From the awesome found family to the diverse cast and cool science, I would wholeheartedly recommend you pick this up! This is a wonderful space opera for anyone looking for a light, get-out-of-your-head sort of read!
Thank you so much to Harper Collins and Edelweiss for providing me with a digital review copy in exchange for an honest review!